Concealed carry okay in certain businesses with liquor licenses
Chris Miller Reporting
People with permits to carry concealed weapons in Louisiana can soon carry their guns with them into restaurants that serve alcohol, so long as serving alcohol isn't the main focus of that restaurant's business.
Governor Bobby Jindal signed the bill cosponsored by Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Bossier City). Thompson says the aim of the legislation is to give concealed permit holders the ability to protect themselves.
"In this day of age, it's our responsibility to protect our families, whether that's traveling up and down the road or in a local restaurant," Thompson said.
For those worried about guns and alcohol in the same place, Thompson says concealed handgun holders should be responsible enough that they can be trusted not to get drunk.
"In no way does it condone somebody consuming alcohol while you have a firearm," said Thompson. "It just makes sure your family's not exposed when you're at that neighborhood restaurant."
Thompson said the law also allows the state to revoke the permit if an individual possessing a firearm has a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.05 percent. The threshold for drunk driving is 0.08 percent.
Thompson says if there are business owners who do not want guns in their restaurant, they have every right to forbid to forbid it: "That's absolutely that restaurant owner's right and privilege and they can do that by posting a sign."