LOUISIANA EXPANDS CONCEALED CARRY HANDGUN LAW
By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis CPP
Certified Protection Professional
Risk Manager and Analyst
Freelance Journalist and Author
July 30, 2022
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NEW LOUISIANA LAW ALLOWS 300,000 MILITARY PERSONNEL AND VETERANS TO CARRY CONCEALED GUNS WITHOUT PERMIT, EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 2022
In an article, by Greg Hilburn; Lafayette Daily Advertiser, on July 28, 2022, the agency is reporting:
As many as 300,000 military veterans and active-duty troops in Louisiana will be eligible to carry concealed handguns without permits or training beginning Aug. 1.
The new concealed carry exception was largely overlooked during the Louisiana Legislature's Regular Session with the focus on a bill by Oil City Republican Danny McCormick that would have removed permitting requirements for all adults 21 and older.
McCormick's comprehensive bill failed in the Senate without a final hearing because of a heightened sensitivity to gun rights expansions immediately after the Uvalde, Texas school massacre and a veto threat from Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards.
But Senate Bill 143 (Act 680) with the concealed carry military exception by Republican Monroe Sen. Jay Morris sailed through both the House and Senate and secured Edwards' signature.
“I believe in constitutional carry for all adults, but my bill was vetoed (in 2021), so I came up with a scaled-back version that I thought the governor might sign," said Morris, whose 2021 bill that mirrored McCormick's won final passage in the Legislature but was rejected by Edwards.”
GOVERNOR EDWARDS SIGNS SB 143, ACT 680, BY SEN. MORRIS INTO LAW ALLOWING PERMITLESS CARRY OF CONCEALED WEAPONS FOR VETERANS AND ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY RESIDENTS
BATON ROUGE, LA – Governor Edwards has officially signed Senate Bill 143 (Act 680) of the 2022 Legislative Session into law. The Bill, authored by Senator Jay Morris, R-West Monroe, and co authored by Senator Stewart Cathey, R-Sterlington, allows honorably discharged veterans to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. This version of permitless carry allows any Louisiana resident who meets the eligibility requirements to possess a concealed handgun permit, and who is a reserve or active-duty member of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, Louisiana National Guard or Louisiana Air National Guard, to be totally exempt from the requirement of carrying a concealed handgun permit. The law goes on to cover former members of any branch of the armed forces or national guard who has been honorably discharged from service.
With the signing of this bill, it’s a great day for Louisiana Veterans, Active Duty personnel, and the United States Constitutions 2nd Amendment.
“UNTIL NEXT TIME, KEEP EM BETWEEN THE BRIDLE!”
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Richard E. "Rick" Dennis
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