Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards vetoes concealed carry gun bill

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards vetoes concealed carry gun bill

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has vetoed a bill to allow people to carry concealed handguns in Louisiana without a permit or training, which could fuel a growing movement for a veto-override session from the Republican-controlled Legislature. Senate Bill 118 by Monroe Republican Sen. Jay Morris would have allowed anyone 21 and older to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. Current law allows concealed carry with a permit and training. Though the bill won overwhelming support in the Legislature, Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, has said he believes current law "strikes the right balance." More: New handgun law in Texas: The law explained and what you need to know about the changes Neighboring Texas and Mississippi have passed expanded concealed carry laws similar to Morris’ bill with Republican governors there signing them into law. “I certainly can’t say it’s a surprise; the governor has been clear all along," Morris told USA Today Network Friday. "But I’m still disappointed. This bill is for law-abiding and freedom-loving citizens. "The people of Louisiana want it and hopefully we will join our neighbors, like Texas and Mississippi, and pass constitutional carry with or without the Governor’s signature." Supporters of the concept call it "constitutional carry" because they believe it should be covered already under the Second Amendment guaranteeing the right to bear arms. They believe the current Louisiana law requiring training and permits to carry a concealed firearm infringe on their constitutional rights. Permits would have still been […]

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