Louisiana Lawmakers Propose More Than 40 Changes to Gun Laws

Louisiana Lawmakers Propose More Than 40 Changes to Gun Laws

Louisiana Lawmakers Propose More Than 40 Changes to Gun Laws

Lawmakers are seeking to shape Louisiana’s gun laws with more than 40 firearm-related changes proposed this session.

But while proposals, including several measures attempting to limit released convicts’ access to guns, have come from lawmakers in both parties and within each chamber, disagreements lie in how to best curb the state’s high recidivism and crime rates while respecting constitutional rights.

Lawmakers have said a number of the proposals have come in light of recent tragedies, including a Lafayette movie theater shooting that left three dead and a New Orleans playground shooting that injured more than a dozen people.

The proposals have largely originated in the House, and the criminal justice committee must advance those bills if they are to move for a full debate. The panel has heard some proposals and is expected to weigh-in on a number of other measures next week.

LOOSENING CONCEALED CARRY LAWS

Rep. Barry Ivey, R-Baton Rouge, has proposed a constitutional amendment to eliminate the current concealed carry permit requirement for law-abiding citizens. It would require voter approval.

“I try to legislate rationally. I’m not looking to expand gun rights, but restore gun rights for law-abiding citizens,” Ivey said.

 

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