Congregations in Louisiana Will Now be Able to Carry in Church

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a bill on Tuesday legalizing Church Carry if the church allows it.

Published Friday, June 1, 2018
Gun Rights Watch article by GRW Chief Editor

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Church congregations in Louisiana will now be able to carry in their place of worship as long as their church allows it, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards and announced on Tuesday. To be fair, they already had this right, but it required going through a separate 8-hour training program. The previous version of the law was passed in 2010.

Presumably because some people either couldn't afford it, didn't have the time available, or lived too far from such training facilities, the bill was sponsored by Republican Senator Neil  Riser. This new law takes effect on August 1st.

Churches, synagogues, and mosques that choose to allow concealed carry will still have to inform their congregations of the decision before parishioners will be allowed by law to carry on those premises. Concealed handguns still are not allowed by law in churches, synagogues, and mosques that are located on the property of a school.