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New law allows guns in restaurants serving alcohol

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A new gun law in Louisiana now allows concealed carry permit holders and off-duty police officers to carry their guns into restaurants that serve alcohol.

House Bill 72 was signed by Governor Bobby Jindal just days ago.

That law might seem redundant to some, who have seen off-duty police officers already carrying in those restaurants.

But according to Representative Henry Burns from Haughton who co-authored the bill, the section of the law that exempted law enforcement was vague and confusing.

Burns attempted to pass HB 10, a very similar bill in 2013, but saw it defeated.

This year he threw his support behind Representative Joe Lopinto, R-Metarie, the author of HB72.

"It's not about being the MVP, it's about doing things that's in the best interest of our citizens," said Burns.

Burns had argued that the existing statute that prohibits the carrying of a gun into a restaurant that serves alcohol was worded in such a way that it prevented off duty law enforcement from carrying. And Burns says he has always been a proponent of a trained law enforcement officer carrying their gun.

"People who are sworn to protect, that have had years of training and understand how it functions," said Burns.

The law also allows private citizens who have a permit to carry a concealed gun to enter restaurants that serve alcohol.

"You know we live in a crazy world today, and if somebody happened to walk into a restaurant, I would sure love someone to intervene for my children or grandchildren if they came in harm's way," said Burns.

Legislators who opposed the bill considered it overly permissive.

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