Edwards vetoes bill that would allow concealed carry without a permit

Edwards vetoes bill that would allow concealed carry without a permit

Governor Edward has vetoed a bill that would allow gun owners to carry concealed firearms without a permit. The measure was already expected to be vetoed by Edwards. The measure would allow anyone 21 years or older in Louisiana to carry a concealed handgun without needing a permit, unless they are barred under another law from having a firearm. Gun owners wanting concealed carry would no longer have to take nine hours of training on gun safety, get a background check or pay a fee to the Louisiana State Police. Edwards says that while he is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, he could not support the carrying of concealed firearms without proper training. "I simply cannot support carrying a concealed carry firearm without proper education and safety training – and I believe the majority of Louisianans agree with me," Edwards said in a statement. He went on to say that the bill was opposed across the state by numerous law enforcement leaders. "It is a matter of basic public safety and numerous law enforcement leaders across the state opposed the bill for this reason, especially as it relates to the enhanced risk posed to their officers," he said. It is unclear if lawmakers would attempt to override Edward’s veto decision. Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement on Senate Bill 118: “I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and an enthusiastic outdoorsman and hunter. But I simply cannot support carrying a concealed carry firearm […]

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