BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards indicated Thursday that he will use his veto pen to strike down a bill that would remove the requirement that gun owners have a permit to carry concealed firearms, if the proposal reaches his desk.
On 27 April 2021, the Louisiana Senate defied Governor Edwards and passed SB118, one of the Constitutional Carry bills by a veto-proof margin of 27 for and 11 against. The House has more than one version of Constitutional Carry in play.
HB596 has advanced the furthest in the House, passing the Committee on Criminal Administration and Justice, amended, 8-4, with one member not voting. The amended bill would limit Constitutional Carry to Louisiana residents over the age of 21 and forbid the use of controlled dangerous substances or a blood alcohol level of .05 or greater while carrying a weapon.
Persons carrying concealed weapons would be required to notify police officers who approach them and submit to a pat-down.
Representative Danny McCormick, R-Oil City has sponsored HB16. HB16 would restore Constitutional Carry for everyone over the age of 18 who could legally own guns. HB16 would echo the current limitations of open carry in Louisiana. People who open carry in Louisiana are not required to notify police officers. There is no prohibition on alcohol levels in HB16. No committee vote on HB16 has been scheduled.
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