Starting today, individuals with a concealed carry permit are allowed to bring a concealed firearm into restaurants that serve alcohol.
The HB 72, sponsored by Metairie representative Joe Lopinto, is now in effect, along with a host of other bills that were passed in the last legislative session. Bossier City representative Jeff Thompson says the bill clears up a conflict in the law.
"We resolved that conflict to allow those that have a lawfully issued concealed carry permit into a class A establishments, that have the majority of their revenue from food, and not alcohol sales."
One of the biggest concerns with the law was that people may start bringing guns into bars. Thompson says that's not in the bill.
"In no way is this intended to interject firearms into bars, or other situations where someone is being irresponsible with alcohol."
The bill increases the growing number of places that citizens with licenses are allowed to enter with their concealed weapons. Thompson says the intent was to protect responsible concealed carry holders and their families.