In February, Oil City Representative Danny McCormick filled a bill in the state House that would do away with concealed carry permits and allow Constitutional Carry in Louisiana. On the last day of March, West Monroe Senator Jay Morris filed companion legislation in the state Senate that would do essentially the same thing.

"It's time Louisiana joined the other 18 states which have passed constitutional carry," said Senator Morris in a press release. "This bill really shouldn't be necessary as our right to bear arms is already established under the Second Amendment, and any limitations on that right should be narrow."

“Our rights are given to us by God and preserved in the Constitution and the government didn’t have any right to take that right away from us to begin with,” said McCormick in this interview with Louisiana Radio Network. “I have always trusted rights to the individual and not to the Government. I think that we as a nation are a republic and in a republic, the rights belong to the individual and not the government.”

Senate Bill 118 would allow anyone over the age of 21 who are not convicted felons to carry a concealed weapon without needing to get a concealed carry permit. Also, this constitutional carry bill would allow Louisiana residents to continue getting permits if a resident needs reciprocity with other states that have a concealed permit requirement.

And, if you are under the influence of drugs and alcohol, you still cannot carry a concealed weapon under this proposed law.

The bill has been assigned to Senate Committee Judiciary C when the state Legislature convenes on April 12 at the Louisiana State Capitol.

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