Lawmakers loosen concealed carry law for officers

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Off-duty law enforcement officers will be able to carry concealed weapons into nearly all public places, except courthouses, under a bill that received final passage with a vote of the state House.
Representatives voted 81-11 Tuesday for the measure by Republican Sen. Neil Riser, sending it to the governor.
Under the bill, law enforcement officers — retired or currently employed — can carry concealed handguns into places open to the public whether on-duty or not, provided they have annual training and meet other requirements.
Officers also will be subject to individual regulations set by their department.
Opponents said the measure was another example of lawmakers chipping away at gun restrictions. Supporters said the bill will help law enforcement keep citizens safe.

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