Bill to allow concealed guns without permit passes legislature


    Concealed gun bill passes Louisiana Legislature
    File photo. (Wes Muller/Louisiana Illuminator).

    The Louisiana Legislature on Tuesday passed a so-called “constitutional carry” or “permit-less carry” bill that would allow residents to carry concealed guns without a permit and without any training.

    Senate Bill 118, sponsored by Sen. Jay Morris (R-West Monroe), cleared the Senate for a final concurrence in a 27-9 vote. It will head to the governor’s desk for consideration, though Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat who largely supports gun rights, has previously said he would veto the bill.

    Morris’ legislation is one of several like it introduced by Republican lawmakers this session and is part of a lobbying trend in state legislatures by gun groups such as the National Rifle Association and their state-level affiliates such as the Louisiana Shooting Association.

    Similar measures have been introduced in Texas, Tennessee, Iowa, Indiana, Alabama, South Carolina, Arkansas and other GOP-dominated states.

    Currently, Louisiana’s concealed carry permit law requires applicants to pass background checks and pass a nine-hour course that includes live-fire training. Proponents of the bill believe such requirements are an infringement on the Second Amendment. 

    Morris’ bill would allow anyone 21 or older without a felony record to carry a concealed handgun without a permit and without any training.

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    Wesley Muller
    Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the following 22 years since then, he has worked as a journalist for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. Much of his work has involved reporting on First Amendment issues and watchdog coverage of municipal and state government. He has received several honors and recognitions, including McClatchy's National President's Award, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, and the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award from the Mississippi Press Association, among others. Muller is a New Orleans native, a Jesuit High School alumnus, a University of New Orleans alumnus, a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper, and an adjunct English teacher at Baton Rouge Community College. He lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with his teenage son and his wife, who is also a journalist.