Bill would let lawmakers carry guns at the Capitol

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A St. Mary Parish senator wants to let state lawmakers carry concealed weapons at the Louisiana Capitol when they're at work. The bill by Franklin Sen. Bret Allain, a Republican, started moving Tuesday.

It received the backing of the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee with a 5-3 vote that broke along party lines, with Republicans supporting the proposal and Democrats opposed.

Allain said he's pushing the bill for "personal protection." To be armed, the lawmakers would need to take an annual training course.

New Orleans Sen. J.P. Morrell, a Democrat, says he was concerned about the idea of armed lawmakers, noting that debates can get very heated during the session. The measure heads next to the full Senate for debate.

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