3 bills on gun legislation seek to expand owner rights

Posted at 8:21 AM, May 14, 2020

BATON ROUGE — Three "gun rights" bills are headed to the House after being advanced Wednesday by the Administration of Criminal Justice Committee.

In a 10-1 vote, proposed legislation would allow gun owners to carry guns into churches and would remove a local government’s ability to regulate firearms at playgrounds, public buildings and commercial establishments within its jurisdiction.

This would repeal previous legislation that allows congregations to decide whether or not they allow guns on campuses.

State Representative Bryan Fontenot tells the Advocate, "“Common sense should tell us that we shouldn’t have to protect ourselves in church. Criminals have certainly defined another narrative for us.”

Additionally, the Committee voted 7-3 in favor of repealing an exception in current state law that allows local governments to regulate how frearms are carried within their jurisdiction.

You can read the full details on the proposed changes and how each representative voted here.
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