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Lawmakers Give Themselves Expanded Weapons Rights

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lawmakers will be able to carry concealed weapons in most public buildings, under a bill that has received final passage.

The bill by Franklin Sen. Bret Allain started as a proposal to let lawmakers carry concealed handguns in the Louisiana Capitol. Senators rejected the idea.

So, the rewritten measure won't let legislators have guns in the Capitol and will remove an existing law that allows judges, district attorneys, constables, coroners and justices of the peace to carry there.

Allain's bill will extend to legislators an exemption granted to that list of people that lets them carry concealed weapons in courthouses and state offices, provided they receive annual training.

The bill headed to the governor Thursday with a 33-4 Senate vote.

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Senate Bill 651 can be found at www.legis.la.gov

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