Sigh. Americans and their guns… The governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, has signed into law a bill allowing guns to be carried into houses of worship.
House Bill 1272 would authorize persons who qualified to carry concealed weapons having passed the training and background checks to bring them to churches, mosques, synagogues or other houses of worship as part of a security force.
The pastor or head of the religious institution must announce verbally or in weekly newsletters or bulletins that there will be individuals armed on the property as members of he security force.
The bill also allows a house of worship to hire off-duty police or security guards to protect congregants.
Opponents of the measure said that churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship should remain free of guns and violence and should focus on worship.
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