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State lawmaker wants law to protect armed officers in restaurants

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Rep. Henry Burns of Haughton would like to make sure that police officers are not breaking the law if they carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Rep. Henry Burns of Haughton would like to make sure that police officers are not breaking the law if they carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol.
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

It's not uncommon to see a police officer in a restaurant carrying his or her gun, but according to one Louisiana legislator, those officers are breaking the law if the restaurant serves alcohol.

State Representative Henry Burns of Haughton says, if he reads the law correctly, then it's unlawful for a police officer to carry a gun in a place that serves alcohol, even if it's a restaurant. It's a law he would like to see change.

Burns says some have interpreted the existing law a different way than he has and they don't have a problem with the way it's written. But that hasn't stopped Burns from trying to get it changed because Burns says he likes the idea that some patrons in restaurants are armed police officers.  

"I know for myself, when I go to a restaurant and I see a police car I feel more comfortable," said Burns.

The House bill will be in committee next Wednesday (April 17), and Burns hopes the bill lives to see the house floor this time. The first time he tried to pass this legislation, it died in committee.

Burns says he was surprised that leadership at some police departments and even at the Louisiana State Police took no position on it last time, and he believes some might even oppose his bill during this session.

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