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"Constitutional Carry" bill to be heard on the House floor this week

WWL Radio New Orleans 4/18/2022 Matt Doyle
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The Louisiana State House of Representatives is expected to take up this year’s attempt at “Constitutional Carry” legislation sometime this week. The bill would allow anyone 21 and older without a felony record to carry a concealed firearm without a permit or required safety training.

Last year a similar effort was vetoed by Governor John Bel Edwards.

Oil City Representative Danny McCormick spoke with WWL’s Tommy Tucker this morning about his bill. He argued that passage would not result in “chaos” and an increase in gun violence like many law enforcement groups contend.

“Every state that connects to Louisiana has constitutional carry,” said McCormick.

McCormick said he personally supports people getting gun safety training, but contends that any government requirement that people be trained and certified in gun safety is an infringement on 2nd Amendment rights.

“Constitutional Carry is by definition is we were given our rights by god and they are preserved in the Constitution, by definition we cannot have any government-mandated training to have Constitutional Carry,” said McCormick.

Opponents of Constitutional Carry laws say the effort is very unpopular with the public and with law enforcement. New Orleans lawmaker Mandy Landry told WWL polling shows it’s not just a majority who oppose it, but a supermajority. That said she still expects it will pass.

“Because of the gun lobby, they have a lot of money, they want to sell more guns,” said Landry. “Also the far right wants to rile up people and promote their agenda, that’s what is happening.”

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