Bill allowing concealed guns in restaurants advances
BATON ROUGE - A bill allowing concealed handgun permit holders and off-duty police officers to come armed to restaurants serving alcohol has the backing of the House Criminal Justice Committee.
The committee voted 9-4 to advance the bill Wednesday.
Metairie Rep. Joe Lopinto says he sponsored the measure to clear up confusion about who can carry a gun into a restaurant serving alcohol.
The law regulating gun possession in places serving alcohol exempts the establishment's owner and employees and on-duty police officers. However, a separate law regulating concealed handgun permits says permit holders can carry in restaurants serving alcohol.
Lopinto's proposal seeks to extend the exemption to include off-duty officers and concealed handgun permit holders.
New Iberia Rep. Terry Landry, a former police officer, opposed the bill, saying guns and alcohol don't mix.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Murder suspect wanted in Livingston Parish arrested in Florida
Prairieville man arrested for impersonating a police officer
State officials respond to The Investigative Unit's report on Hwy 190 in...
Cemetery still working to identify bodies disturbed by August flood
Walker subdivision still having drainage problems