BATON ROUGE, La., June 8 (UPI) -- Louisiana legislation that would have allowed people to carry guns into churches as an unofficial security force died in committee Tuesday, officials said.
The state Senate Judiciary B Committee killed the bill in a 3-0 vote, the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported. The bill's sponsor, state Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, had been made to wait 3 hours before the vote while the panel dealt with less controversial issues.
The bill would have authorized whoever is in charge of a house of worship -- a church, synagogue, mosque or other such facility -- to name individuals who are qualified to carry the weapons, the Times-Picayune said.
Burns said many senators were still interested in his bill and he hoped to get it into future legislation as an amendment.