Federal Judge Strikes Down Ban on Guns in Bars, Bar Parking Lots
On August 25 Chief U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson issued an order striking down a Baton Rouge ordinance banning guns in bars and in the parking lots of bars, including other places that sell alcohol, like "restaurants and grocery stores."
The decision was the result of a case brought by Ernest Taylor, who was "pulled over around 1:30 a.m. October 13, 2012," and arrested for having two rifles in his car while in the Romeo's Lounge parking lot.
According to The Times-Picayune, Taylor was told he was in violation of a "new law" which barred the possession of firearms in or around a business that sells alcohol. The rifles were taken from him.
On August 25 Judge Jackson not only struck down the ordinance against guns in bars and parking lots of establishments that sell alcohol but also ordered the rifles returned to Taylor along with "monetary damages." The amount Taylor will receive is to be decided in another hearing.
Jackson "permanently barred the city, police chief, city attorneys, and arresting officers from enforcing the ordinance in the future."
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