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Saturday, June 5, 2021

Louisiana Constitutional Carry, with Veto Proof Votes, to go to Governor - Ammoland.com

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- The Louisiana legislature passed SB 118 with veto-proof majorities. The House sent the bill, with amendments to the Senate, after voting for it 73 to 27 on 27 May 2021.

Constitutional Carry is a reasonable facsimile of the state of law when the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791. At that time, no state, nor the federal government required any governmental permission to carry arms openly or concealed.

The Senate passed the amended bill on 1 June 2021, 27 ayes to 9 nays. SB118 will be sent to Governor Bel Edwards. It was enrolled on 3 June. Governor Edwards has 20 days from the end of the session to veto the bill or allow it to become law without his signature.  The session is scheduled to adjourn no later than 10 June 2021.

The House amendments included a requirement for the Department of Public Safety and Corrections to develop and provide a free online, one-hour course about concealed carry. From the bill

A. The Department of Public Safety and Corrections, office of state police, shall provide a sixty-minute online concealed handgun education course at no cost to Louisiana residents.

B. The concealed handgun education course shall cover the following topics:

(1) Concealed handgun basics and nomenclature.

(2) Firearm-free zones.23

(3) Use of deadly force.24

(4) Interactions with law enforcement officers.

Previously, Governor Edwards said he would veto a Constitutional Carry bill. Governor Edwards (D) is term-limited. He is not allowed to run in the next election for governor.  In spite of his promise to veto Constitutional Carry, he may not want Constitutional Carry to be a prominent issue in the 2022 elections. If Governor Edwards vetoes any bills, a veto session will be held in 40 days, unless a majority of either house certifies, in writing, that a veto session is unnecessary.


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