Gun Bill Passes in Louisiana House and Heads to Senate
A move to give gun owners more rights is passed in the Louisiana House. The lower chamber has approved a bill dubbed the "Constitutional Carry" law. It would allow non-felons 18 years of age and older to conceal carry a firearm without a permit or training. This measure by Oil City Representative passed by a 70 to 29 vote.
McCormick says the Second Amendment gives law-abiding citizens the right to carry a concealed gun and we should not be required to go to classes and get a special concealed carry permit.
Alexandria Representative Ed Larvadain voted against the bill. He believes this might make it easier for people to act out while possessing guns.
McCormick has been working for several years to get this measure passed. But he has faced opposition from Governor John Bel Edwards who has threatened to veto the bill. This measure has also been opposed by the Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police, have warned this could heighten gun violence in our communities. There's also concern about more accidental shootings.
27 other states already have similar laws in effect. This bill is now headed to the Senate and McCormick is hoping he will get a favorable vote in the upper chamber.
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