- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled an East Baton Rouge city-parish ordinance that prohibits residents from keeping firearms in their parked cars while they’re inside establishments that sell alcohol is unconstitutional.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1nxohGX ) Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson found the ordinance runs afoul of the Second Amendment and can no longer be enforced.

Ernest Taylor challenged the ordinance in federal district court after he was pulled over in October 2012 while leaving Romeo’s Old School Lounge because he didn’t have his headlights on. Taylor was arrested after three rifles were found in his car.

Jackson said Monday the ordinance unlawfully infringes on the constitutional right of Taylor and other citizens to keep and bear firearms.

“Thus, any law-abiding citizen who exercises his or her right to keep or bear arms within the confines of his or her personal vehicle will violate 13:95.3 anytime he or she, for example, stops to refuel a vehicle at a service station that sells alcohol, or stops to purchase groceries at a grocery store that sells alcohol,” the judge wrote.

“Similarly, the ordinance prohibits law-abiding citizens from purchasing and possessing firearms at any establishment that sells alcohol, thereby rendering the sale of firearms at establishments like Wal-Mart a criminal act,” he said.

Bar and liquor store owners in Baton Rouge decried the ruling Wednesday, using the old adage that guns and alcohol do not mix.

“I just don’t see any way that it’s going to be a positive,” said Marc Fraioli, owner of Fred’s Bar in Tigerland. “It’s just going to increase bad things happening.”

The judge scheduled a hearing Oct. 23 to determine the amount of monetary damages to which Taylor is entitled.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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