Our Views: Concealed carry without training is a reckless recipe for more gun violence

Our Views: Concealed carry without training is a reckless recipe for more gun violence

Students taking a concealed carry permit course with instructor Isaiah Stewart fire their weapons at The Shooter’s Club in Harahan, La. Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (Photo by Max Becherer, NOLA.com, The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate) Law enforcement officials from across Louisiana say allowing the concealed carry of handguns without training and permitting is dangerous, both to the people carrying and to those, including police, they might encounter. "We’re not opposed to concealed carry. We’re opposed to concealed carry without education and without training," Fabian Blache Jr., executive director of the Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police, recently told lawmakers. They are considering bills to end the permit requirement and the mandate for nine hours of training. The vast majority of Louisianans also think easing restrictions is a bad idea. A recent poll conducted for A Stronger Louisiana, a group with ties to Gov. John Bel Edwards, found that 80% of those who responded think there “should be a requirement to obtain a permit and attend safety classes in order to carry a concealed handgun,” as there is now. Support for the status quo was widespread across political and regional lines. Even some lawmakers pushing for change acknowledge the risk in what they’re proposing. State Rep. Bryan Fontenot, R-Thibodaux, admitted during a hearing that he personally sees value in mandatory training. And yet the Legislature isn’t listening — or is, but only to the noisy few who view sensible restrictions as an affront to the Second Amendment, not […]

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