Over the objections of prosecutors, a Louisiana House committee advanced legislation that would strengthen gun rights in the state.
Senate Bill 303 by state Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, would call for a tougher legal hurdle to restrict the right to keep and bear arms in Louisiana.
“To me, this is the most honorable bill I’ve handled,” Riser said.
Prosecutors argued that the legislation would lead to challenges to current gun restrictions in Louisiana.
A number of committee members also had problems with the proposal.
“There are going to be lawsuits. There are going to be guns everywhere you look,” said state Rep. Barbara Norton, D-Shreveport.
On a vote of 9-5, the House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice voted in favor of advancing SB303 to the full House.