A Central state representative proposed a constitutional amendment that would allow people to carry a concealed weapon without getting a permit or license.
House Bill 494 says the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms also would include “the right to possess a concealed handgun without the necessity of obtaining a permit or license, unless the person is prohibited from possessing a firearm under the laws of Louisiana or the laws of the United States.”
State Rep. Barry Ivey, a Republican, submitted HB 494 for debate during the 2014 Legislature which opens March 10.
A constitutional amendment requires passage by two-thirds of the members of the Louisiana House and state Senate, then the approval of a majority of voters. If the Legislature approves, a vote would occur Nov. 4.
In 2012 Louisiana voters adopted a constitutional amendment declaring the right to bear arms as fundamental, saying it “shall not be infringed” and mandating that “any restriction of this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny.” The law replaced language that stated the right to bear arms “shall not prevent the passage of laws to prohibit the carrying of weapons concealed on the person.”
That amendment was supported by the National Rifle Association and Gov. Bobby Jindal. It gave the state the strongest gun rights laws in the country.