Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed the bill cosponsored by Rep. Jeff Thompson allowing gun owners with concealed-carry permits to carry their handguns with them into restaurants that serve alcohol, under the condition that serving alcohol isn’t the main focus of that restaurant’s business. Thompson says the aim of the legislation is to give concealed permit holders the ability to protect themselves. “In this day of age, it’s our responsibility to protect our families, whether that’s traveling up and down the road or in a local restaurant,” per Thompson.
For those worried about guns and alcohol in the same place, Thompson says concealed handgun holders should be responsible enough that they can be trusted not to get drunk. “In no way does it condone somebody consuming alcohol while you have a firearm,” said Thompson. “It just makes sure your family’s not exposed when you’re at that neighborhood restaurant.”
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