One less gun-free, target-rich environment...

Via WDSU News: 

Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to loosen Louisiana's regulations on concealed handguns in churches.

The governor's office announced Tuesday that Edwards signed the bill, which was sponsored by Republican Sen. Neil Riser, into law.

A law passed in 2010 allowing concealed handguns in churches, synagogues and mosques requires anyone wishing to carry a weapon into the facilities to take an extra eight hours of tactical training each year.

Riser's bill, which takes effect Aug. 1, removes the training mandate, saying it's only required if the church authority or the building owner's insurance policy requires the training.

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