He attempted to clear up that language during the last legislative session but his bill, HB 48, was defeated.
Owner of the Real Pickle in Shreveport, Joe Monsour says his restaurant is often visited by Shreveport police officers, and they're often armed.
"I think most restaurant owners, I can't speak for all of them probably encourage an officer to come in with their guns and eat and visit and I know the customers feel comfortable with that," said Monsour.
"Bad people don't do bad things when they get shot right back at," said customer Rob Simenson.
The way the law reads now, some would argue that it's not clear if an armed police officer can come into a restaurant that serves alcohol, but the AG just released an opinion that might offer some clarification.
RS. 14:95.5 states no person shall intentionally possess a firearm in an alcoholic beverage outlet, but there are exemptions - like police officers. One of the exemptions is a police officer, acting in the performance of his duties. In other words: a police officer showing up to stop a crime. But, what does the law say about an off- duty officer just having lunch? The AG writes "An off-duty law enforcement officer... for the purposes of being a patron is prohibited from possessing a firearm on the premises."
Part of the confusion could come from the statement in the current law that states the law does not apply to an officer "acting in the performance of his official duties." For many, that statement is wide open to varying interpretations.
The AG also writes about the current law "The legislature could have provided a blanket exemption for law enforcement officers."
Representative Burns will reintroduce his bill in 2014, and this time it'll be accompanied by the AG's opinion.
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