Bill To Allow Carry Concealed Weapons Without Permit Stalls In House
A proposed amendment to the Louisiana constitution would have allowed any non-felon to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. The measure was shot down by the House Criminal Justice committee. Opponents argued the bill would have allowed potentially dangerous people to carry loaded, hidden weapons in public with no safety training. A volunteer with the Louisiana Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America says when she was only 13 years old she was a victim of gun violence. She was kidnapped, raped and then shot in the head. She says this bill will remove our safeguards and put the safety of all citizens at risk. Author of the legislation, Baton Rouge Rep. Barry Ivey, tried to make the case that the bill would not put guns in the hands of dangerous criminals. He says most of these same arguments were made before Louisiana passed the open carry law.