Lawmakers in Louisiana passed a measure Tuesday to exempt themselves from gun restrictions at public buildings in the state.
The House voted 79-12 to approve a bill that would allow them to carry concealed weapons in courthouses and state offices, as judges and district attorneys are already permitted, reported New Orleans City Business.
The bill’s author, Sen. Bret Allain (R-Franklin), said lawmakers need to carry weapons because they often face the threat of violence.
Lawmakers would be required to go through annual training.
An amendment by Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Bossier City) removed a requirement suggested by the House criminal justice committee that legislators also first undergo a psychological test.
Legislators would not be permitted to carry weapons at the state Capitol, where only judicial officials may carry firearms.
Rep. Barry Ivey (R-Baton Rouge) suggested another amendment to allow anyone in Louisiana to carry guns in most public buildings to appease concerns about special treatment.
But Thompson, who presented the measure, said lawmakers would simply be added to an existing class and not set aside in special category.
The amended bill will go back to the state Senate for consideration.
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