A bill in Baton Rouge, Louisiana received final passage with a vote of the House allowing off-duty law enforcement officers for concealed carry weapons into nearly all public places, except courthouses. Representatives voted 81-11 on Tuesday, May 20th for the measure by Senator Neil Riser, R-Columbia, sending it to the governor. Under Senate Bill 361, law enforcement officers – retired or currently employed – can carry concealed handguns into places open to the public whether on-duty or not, provided they have annual training and meet other requirements.
Officers also will be subject to individual regulations set by their department. Opponents said the measure was another example of lawmakers chipping away at gun restrictions. Supporters said the bill will help law enforcement keep citizens safe.
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