La. bishops: No guns in Catholic churches
POSTED: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 10:54am
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 7:19pm
Representatve Henry Burns, a Republican from Bossier, is the original author of House Bill 1272, which called for concealed guns to be allowed in churches. The bill passed through the Legislature this spring and Governor Jindal signed it into law on July 2, 2010.
Representative Burns has issued the following statement regarding the Catholic Church's choice not to follow this new law.
There is a simple reason that H.B. 1272 was passed and signed into law, ( a permissive law ) by Governor Bobby Jindal, it is about choice, selection or an optional use as approved by church leadership.
Public disclosure defeats or lessens the effectiveness of a security plan. Telegraphing ones position on this topic now that it is law, will only expose non participants vulnerabilities to those who might bring violence to places of worship. I respect any decision that church leadership makes for they are on the scene and know their vulnerabilities best.
State Representative Henry L. Burns
Photo Courtesy Rep Burns
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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Roman Catholic bishops say concealed handguns won't be allowed in Catholic churches, despite a new state law allowing them.
That word is from Danny Loar, executive director of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops - the church's public policy arm in Louisiana.
He tells The Advocate that bishops had discussed the issue when reviewing bills, and decided that if it became law they would tell pastors that concealed handguns would not be allowed in Catholic churches.
The law allows concealed handguns in churches, synagogues or mosques for those with a valid permit and training. It also says those with authority over the church have the right to decide whether to allow weapons.