Proposal made to end gun-free zones at Louisiana schools - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Proposal made to end gun-free zones at Louisiana schools

JEFF DAVIS PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Lawmakers across the country have gone back and forth about gun regulations ever since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14.

Now, the latest proposal circulating at Louisiana's state capitol could make gun-free zones at Louisiana schools a thing of the past.

House Bill 602, sponsored by State Representative Blake Miguez, passed in the house 59-37 Wednesday.

If made law, the bill would allow visitors with concealed carry permits to carry guns on school campuses.

Jeff Davis Parish School Superintendent Kirk Credeur says when he first read the bill he was in disbelief.

"There are too many educational bills that are being proposed without their due diligence done to speak to the educators who are in the trenches," Credeur said.

Credeur said taking away gun-free zones would be problematic and would cause further confusion.

"Communities do not want weapons in school," said Credeur. "You don't know who has a correct permit and who doesn't. And then it puts us in a position of policing who should have a gun, who shouldn't have a gun."

However, some believe having gun-free zones at schools won't stop a possible shooter.

"Gun free zones haven't worked," said Larry Agee. "Properly trained teachers or resource officers on campus to protect our kids makes a lot more sense than having a sign saying you can't have a gun on campus and thinking people are protected."

Credeur said he understands the thinking of those backing the bill, but said schools should be able to set a tone for having a safe environment.

"It's something we have to stand for as a school system and say this is what we want."

The proposal would not allow teachers or school employees to carry firearms.

It now moves to the Senate for debate.

Copyright 2018 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Send us your Memorial Day pictures

    Send us your Memorial Day pictures

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:41 PM EDT2018-05-26 01:41:00 GMT
    (Source History.com)(Source History.com)

    Memorial Day is Monday, May 28.

    Send us a picture of the veteran you wish to honor and we'll feature it on our website.

    More >>

    Memorial Day is Monday, May 28.

    Send us a picture of the veteran you wish to honor and we'll feature it on our website.

    More >>
  • Wind turbines in SW Louisiana? Wind company reaches out to Jeff Davis residents

    Wind turbines in SW Louisiana? Wind company reaches out to Jeff Davis residents

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:40 PM EDT2018-05-26 01:40:56 GMT
    (Source: Vestas.com)(Source: Vestas.com)
    (Source: Vestas.com)(Source: Vestas.com)
    A company by the name of Vestas Wind Systems has approached a number of residents in Jeff Davis parish in regards to possibly installing industrial wind turbines in the parish. A sales agent, for the company has reached out to numerous residents in the community soliciting land owners for site placement of at least 100 wind turbines within the Hathaway area.  Kevin Melton, a resident of Hathaway, says he learned of the situation after the company recently reached out to hi...More >>
    A company by the name of Vestas Wind Systems has approached a number of residents in Jeff Davis parish in regards to possibly installing industrial wind turbines in the parish. A sales agent, for the company has reached out to numerous residents in the community soliciting land owners for site placement of at least 100 wind turbines within the Hathaway area.  Kevin Melton, a resident of Hathaway, says he learned of the situation after the company recently reached out to hi...More >>
  • Local World War II veteran gets Congressional Gold Medal

    Local World War II veteran gets Congressional Gold Medal

    Friday, May 25 2018 9:36 PM EDT2018-05-26 01:36:48 GMT

    Young and old, hundreds gathered Friday morning at the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jennings to remember fallen service members ahead of memorial day. U.S. Congressman Clay Higgins was the keynote speaker for special ceremony honoring local veterans. Higgins was also there to recognize World War II Veteran, Sgt. James Bollich (Ret.) of Lafayette, with the congressional gold medal. Sgt. Bollich is a survivor of the Bataan Death March, and was a prisoner of war for m...

    More >>

    Young and old, hundreds gathered Friday morning at the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home in Jennings to remember fallen service members ahead of memorial day. U.S. Congressman Clay Higgins was the keynote speaker for special ceremony honoring local veterans. Higgins was also there to recognize World War II Veteran, Sgt. James Bollich (Ret.) of Lafayette, with the congressional gold medal. Sgt. Bollich is a survivor of the Bataan Death March, and was a prisoner of war for m...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly