Apr 27, 2010 4:55 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bill that would allow concealed
handguns near schoolyards and college campuses was approved Tuesday
by a Senate committee after supporters argued the current law is
State law bans concealed handguns within 1,000 feet of a school
campus. A proposal (Senate Bill 81) by Sen. Danny Martiny,
R-Kenner, would limit the concealed weapons restriction to the
Supporters of the change said it's hard to tell just where those
1,000-foot limits are. In some cities, schools are so close
together that nearly every major area is off-limits, they said.
"They could very easily, innocently wander into a school zone,
and the problem is this is a felony. It's not a misdemeanor. It's
not a hand-slap. This is a five-year felony," said Dan Zelenka,
president of the Louisiana Shooting Association.
No one could identify someone arrested because of the law.
Commissioner of Higher Education Sally Clausen opposed the bill,
but didn't speak against it. No one spoke in opposition Tuesday.
The Senate Judiciary B Committee advanced the measure without
objection, sending it to the full Senate for debate.