Senator’s concealed gun bill advances in House

Senator’s concealed gun bill advances in House

File photo. (Wes Muller/Louisiana Illuminator). The Louisiana Senate’s “constitutional carry” bill, which would allow the carrying of a concealed gun without a permit, cleared the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday with Republicans in favor and Democrats opposed. Sponsored by Sen. Jay Morris, R-West Monroe, Senate Bill 118 would allow people to freely carry a hidden gun without any permit or training, though the bill would offer residents the opportunity to take a voluntary one-hour online course. Currently, Louisiana’s concealed carry permit law requires applicants to pass background checks and pass a nine-hour course that includes live-fire training. When it was introduced last month, proponents of the legislation, mostly Republicans, argued that such laws are a hindrance on Second Amendment rights, while Democrats and other opponents said it’s dangerous for an untrained person to carry a concealed gun. The Senate passed the measure on April 27 in a 27–11 vote. It advanced from the House committee on Wednesday in a party-line vote of 6–4 and was reported to the House floor for consideration. Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat who has generally supported loosening gun restrictions, previously said he will veto Morris’ bill if it reaches his desk. A nearly identical version, House Bill 596 , was already approved by the House on May 5 and is currently pending in the Senate. Wednesday’s committee heard much less debate on the issue as both sides had previously argued their points during previous committee meetings. Proponents such as the […]

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