The Louisiana Legislature may have missed its target with a new law that takes houses of worship off the list of places where concealed weapons are forbidden.
According to a June 21 story in The New Orleans Times-Picayune, new legislation, still to be signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal, allows worshippers to arm themselves if the church is not on school property, if church leadership approves, if the congregation is notified and if the gun-toter gets eight hours of tactical training.
The legislature passed the bill after a Shreveport, La., church requested the measure. Still, clergy from various denominations in New Orleans cringe at the idea of parishioners packing heat while praising the Lord. The leader of the city’s Catholics was among those doubtful about the new law.
“Church is supposed to be a place of sanctuary,” Archbishop Gregory Aymond told The Times-Picayune. “The idea of guns there — I’m pretty skeptical.”