Former State Representative Henry Burns talks with 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about his bill, passed in 2010 and signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal, that allowed guns to be carried into houses of worship.

Burns bill was originally killed in the Louisiana Senate, but it passed later after he attached his motion to a concealed weapons permit proposal. Nola.com reported on Burns measure over seven years ago:

"Burns' bill 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. Those chosen have to undergo eight hours of tactical training each year."

A number of Shreveport - Bossier area churches already have armed ushers / security at their services, and Burns says he expects, in the wake of the Texas murders, more to do so.