‘LaPolitics’: Gun issue drawing fire ahead of veto session

‘LaPolitics’: Gun issue drawing fire ahead of veto session

If lawmakers convene a history-making veto override session later this month, as many expect, political observers will credit the governor’s cancellation of legislation related to transgender athletes as a tipping point. But another veto—of a bill that would have allowed for the concealed carry of firearms without a permit—is beginning to make just as much noise. A group of sheriffs and chiefs of police held a press conference Thursday, asking lawmakers not to override the governor’s gun-related veto. That same morning, reporters were sent a press release from the National Association for Gun Rights to offer an alternative take. To champion this issue, the gun rights association is spending some real money in Louisiana, “including mailing tens of thousands of pieces of mail, deploying nearly a hundred thousand text messages, and launching digital ads and emails encouraging lawmakers to pass constitutional carry.” State Sen. Pat Connick, a Republican from Marrero, said this week that Public Policy Polling, a firm with close ties to Democrats in Louisiana, was likewise in the field with a poll in Jefferson Parish that included a number of different questions regarding constitutional carry and the possibility of a veto override session. The poll also had a job performance question about Connick, suggesting the survey was being conducted in other Senate districts as well. It’s an early sign that the gun legislation, should lawmakers convene a veto session, could be another noise-maker, along with the bill that would have banned participation in certain sports by transgender […]

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