Jun 8, 2010 2:35 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Senate committee has shot down a bill
that would have allowed concealed weapons to be carried inside
The bill, which had passed the House in a 74-18 vote, found no
support in a Senate judiciary committee Tuesday.
The measure by Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, would have required
the religious leader of a church, mosque or synagogue to sign off
on any plan to allow weapons inside churches.
Burns told the committee that changing times mean that churches
are not the safe places they used to be and so should be able to
take steps to protect their parishoners.
The bill required churches choosing to allow concealed carry
provisions to notify their congregations. Whomever would be
carrying the weapons in the church would have had to take eight
hours of tactical training each year.