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Louisiana Senate agrees to lift ban on bulletproof backpacks

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana students would be able to carry bulletproof backpacks if House lawmakers back a proposal that won support from state senators.

Republican Sen. Mike Walsworth, of West Monroe, said the shooting at a Florida high school where 17 people were killed prompted the measure .

Louisiana law currently bans wearing or possessing body armor on school property.

Walsworth says the backpacks, which he says cost between $100 and $200, could offer some protection if a shooter is on campus.

Senators voted 34-2 for the proposal Monday, sending it to the House.

Democratic Sen. J.P. Morrell, of New Orleans, opposed the bill, saying it would give parents a “false sense of security.” He says while the backpack could stop a bullet, the force could cause severe injuries.
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Senate Bill 178: www.legis.la.gov

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