Montgomery allows armed guards in bars

Published: May. 21, 2014 at 12:56 PM CDT|Updated: May. 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Montgomery City Council has approved a law letting nightclubs employ armed security guards.

Council members say they hope the ordinance passed Tuesday will prevent violence like a shooting that left two people dead at a now-defunct bar in December.

The new law lets nightclubs use armed security workers as long as they are certified by the Alabama Security Regulatory Board.

Council member Jon Dow says the workers will have to go through weapons training, and they'll have to keep a certification card with them at all times.

Councilman Richard Bollinger says uniformed guards will garner more respect than bar workers in blue jeans and a T-shirt.

The council has considered the law since two people were killed and six others were wounded at a nightclub five months ago.

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