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Louisiana Senate agrees to lift ban on bulletproof backpacks

7 months 1 week 4 days ago Monday, April 09 2018 Apr 9, 2018 April 09, 2018 7:06 PM April 09, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
BATON ROUGE (AP) - Louisiana students would be able to carry bulletproof backpacks if House lawmakers back a proposal that won from state senators.
  
Republican Sen. Mike Walsworth, of West Monroe, said the shooting at a Florida high school where 17 people were killed prompted the measure .
  
Louisiana law currently bans wearing or possessing body armor on school property.
  
Walsworth says the backpacks, which he says cost between $100 and $200, could offer some protection if a shooter is on campus.
  
Senators voted 34-2 for the proposal Monday, sending it to the House.
  
Democratic Sen. J.P. Morrell, of New Orleans, opposed the bill, saying it would give parents a "false sense of security." He says while the backpack could stop a bullet, the force could cause severe injuries.

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