BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana schools would no longer be gun-free zones under a measure that won approval Wednesday in the House.

After a heated debate, lawmakers voted 59-36 for a bill that would allow visitors with concealed carry permits to carry guns on school campuses.

Republican Rep. Blake Miguez’s bill doesn’t allow teachers or school employees to carry firearms and lets schools prohibit firearms from their facilities. His proposal moves to the Senate for debate.

“We ought to send a message that we support the 2nd Amendment,” he said. “We support individual’s rights to defend themselves.”

The measure was met with fierce

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