Louisiana gun advocates push for stronger constitutional carry laws

Louisiana gun advocates push for stronger constitutional carry laws

SHREVEPORT, La. – In Louisiana people love their guns and they can wear them openly, it’s when they want to cover it up that is at the center of debate in Baton Rouge. A pair of bills advancing in the state legislature would allow people to carry a concealed handgun in public without a background check or additional firearms training. The bills do away with the requirement to obtain a permit before carrying a firearm. Supporters of the bills say permits like that infringe on their constitutional right to bear arms. "As a gun advocate you should not have to ask the government permission to defend yourself,” said Brad Simon. Simon, who owns the Red River Range in Shreveport, said the basic training course currently required to obtain a permit does not cover enough to make someone a responsible gun handler. "The state training right now, it just checks a box and forces someone to go through an extra hurdle and creates an extra financial burden on those persons trying to get a permit just so they can exercise their second amendment rights," he said. Simon also believes that when a person open carries they immediately become a target. From the capitol riots to a slew of protests, it is clear that many people are feeling a level of anxiety and a greater sense to want to protect themselves. However, opponents of the bills don’t believe this is the way to do that. "The thought that we need to […]

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