Mar 14, 2013 7:48 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Gun Carry Laws

A man was placed under arrest yesterday after he was seen with a gun in a Lafayette Walmart. Joshua Dore was asked to leave Walmart after he was seen with a gun in a holster, but Dore continued to shop.

Dore finished shopping and police stopped him as he was driving away. He was stopped for questioning, but police discovered more guns--two pistols and a rifle. One of those pistols was stolen. Dore has since bonded out of jail.

Louisiana law clearly states, wearing your gun fully exposed in public places is legal.

"As the law stands right now, it's perfectly legal for him to have carried the gun as long as it's not totally concealed, and it still gives to the public the idea that this is a gun, this is a weapon, so you're not trying to hide it," District 15, District Attorney Mike Harson said.

Harson says even though Walmart is a public place, it's still private property and management has a right to ask anyone to leave. They asked the man to leave because customers were alarmed.

"Now a days, in today's society anyone walking down the street with a gun holster to their side is obviously going to cause a disturbance amongst people. Not necessarily because the individual intends to do it, because that's people's reaction to it," Harson said.

While it's perfectly legal to openly carry a gun in most public places Should you?

"I certainly would caution people from carrying guns even though they're exposed around the public. I wouldn't want someone walking down main street with a 12-gauge shotgun in his hand but technically it's legal. But I mean, it's not going to be a very good scene and you could cause more problems like that," Harson said.



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