Skip to comments.La. House passes more gun bills (Restaurant carry)
Posted on 04/26/2013 7:31:09 AM PDT by marktwain
People would be able to carry concealed weapons into restaurants that serve alcohol under legislation approved by the Louisiana House on Thursday.
The House voted 62-24 for the measure, sponsored by state Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, amid protests that gun rights proponents are going too far.
State Rep. Terry Landry, D-New Iberia, a former State Police commander, said legislators should stop allowing outside forces from using Louisiana as a testing ground, an apparent reference to the National Rifle Association. He said the state is becoming a laughingstock.
Landry said the state has a high national rating when it comes to gun deaths.
This is not about politics for me. Its about what kind of community we are going to live in, Landry said.
Burns House Bill 48 started out allowing law enforcement officers to carry weapons in restaurants that serve alcohol. The House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee amended the measure to allow those with concealed weapons permits to have the same right.
It would still be a crime subject to criminal prosecution to carry a concealed weapon into the restaurants if an individual does not have a permit. Offenders are subject to a maximum fine of $500, a jail term of not more than six months, or both.
Burns said he considered it a Second Amendment issue dealing with the right to keep and bear arms. A gun owner should be able to bring a gun into the restaurant, if the restaurant owner does not object, he said.
Burns said restaurant owners could post gun free zone signs if they object.
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Ha, drive-through daquiri shops is what makes Louisiana a laughingstock to law enforcement. (If the shop puts tape over the straw-hole of lid of the driver's drink, it's not considered an "open container" any more.)
Restuarants with Gun Free Zone signs!
Invitation...no RSVP needed.
Landry is a disgrace but I think it is amusing that State Rep Austin Badon (D) New Orleans; see his blow hard bio here : http://beta.lpb.org/index.php/publicsquare/lps_bio/badon_jr._austin_j
has a concealed carry permit and packs heat all the time. When he has to go to a bar or other event he has armed guards, which are of course a legitimate exception to the no guns in restaurants that serve liquor rule, for the convenience of the wealthy. This legislation allows normal people to take the means of self defense with them when they are out and be able to eat and travel like normal people. It is being attacked by the NOLA TV stations with carefully selected ‘interviews’ with ‘gun owners’ who oppose this ‘dangerous legislation’. It is amazing how many people who call themselves conservatives , even in this violent city, believe that law abiding people who go to the trouble and expense of getting a concealed carry permit are crazy drunken criminals with no capacity to control their tempers if they carry a pistol and have a drink. My wife goes into hysteria over this situation. This is another example of how the left has won the battle by stigmatizing honest and trustworthy gun owners who happen to be normal middle class males.