Louisiana Legislature Votes Overwhelmingly for Constitutional Carry in 2021

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U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- HB 596 was passed on 5 May 2021. It is a fairly good Constitutional Carry bill with a 21-year-old age limit and a requirement to reveal to peace officers your condition of being armed.

Voting was 73 to 26 for final passage.  From the advocate.com:

A bill that would allow citizens 21 and older to carry a concealed handgun without a permit breezed through the Louisiana House on Wednesday.

The measure, House Bill 596, won approval 72-28 after a short but spirited debate.

It next faces action in the state Senate, which approved a similar bill last week by an equally lopsided margin.

Eight Democrats voted for the bill, with 64 Republicans. 70 votes are needed to override a veto. The eight Democrats voting for the bill were:

  • Rep. Brown, Chad [D]
  • Rep. Carter, Robert “Robby” [D]
  • Rep. Carter Sr., Wilford Dan [D]
  • Rep. Cormier, Mack [D]
  • Rep. Johnson, Cazerrick Travis [D]
  • Rep. LaCombe, Jeremy S. [D]
  • Rep. Thompson, Francis C. [D]
  • Rep. White, Malinda B. [D]

One Republican voted against the bill:

  •  Rep. Stagni, Joseph “Joe” A. [R]

Two Republicans and a Democrat were absent and did not vote:

  • Rep. Cox, Kenny R. [D]
  • Rep. Hilferty, Stephanie [R]
  • Rep. Villio, Debbie [R]

Shortly after the vote on Constitutional Carry, the House voted unanimously for HB 124.  HB 124 removed the ban on carrying knives from people who have a concealed carry permit.  It passed 94 – 0.  It did not make sense for people to have the right to carry pistols, but not knives.

Constitutional Carry is a reasonable approximation of the state of law when the Second Amendment was ratified, in 1791. At that time, no permit was required to carry weapons, openly or concealed.

Governor John Bel Edwards has promised he would veto a Constitutional Carry bill. Then the Senate passed SB118, which is similar to HB596. It passed with a strong majority, 27 for and 11 against.

Both House and Senate votes are enough to override a governor’s veto. An override would require a 2/3 majority, 70 votes in the House, and 26in the Senate.

For a number of reasons, veto overrides are often more difficult to obtain than the original votes suggest. Legislators may wish to go on record as voting for something, knowing the governor will veto it. Then they vote to uphold the veto.  There is also party loyalty involved. Many are unwilling to override a veto of a governor of their party.

It is still a good strategy to attempt a veto override of a governor of the opposite party. It shows the base you are serious; it shows principle on the part of the legislators.

For Democrats, it might show a willingness to go against the party, when their voters are more conservative. While an override may be a long shot, it may be work in this case.

Texas is a strong contender to pass Constitutional Carry in 2021.

Utah, Iowa, Tennessee, and Wyoming have all restored Constitutional carry this year. There are now 20 states with Constitutional Carry.

People in red states want to send a message to President Biden: Do not mess with the Bill of Rights! They also want to be ready for societal unrest.  Gun sales continue to break records. Ammunition is difficult to find, even though it is being produced as fast as possible.


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Cam

So will Jon Bell, veto and end his future run for senate, with the chance it gets overturned anyway or will he sign it in and looks two faced?
Politically neither is good for him. He should have kept his pie hole shut. He stuck himself in the pickle jar. A lot of people here already hate him because of his Covid lockdown of our businesses and lives.

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Arny

Hell I always been under the impression we are Americans. And the 2A has already ensured my right to carry as I choose. Exactly when was the 2A amended ? So people are expecting to receive a right they already possess ? It is also in most State Constitutions. § 21. Right to bear arms. The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned. § 22. Standing army; military subordinate to civil power. No standing army shall, in time of peace, be kept up without the consent of the Legislature,… Read more »

archmark

The TX Senate is getting ready to scuttle the Constitutional Carry bill in the Lone Star State. With only days to go in this legislative session, the Senate added what some consider to be “poison pill” amendments to the House passed bill & now it is being worked out, supposedly, in conference. It’s not looking good for Constitutional Carry in TX as the clock counts down to the end of this year’s legislative session in TX…

USMC0351Grunt

Texas will do just fine. However, the idiot that added the poison pills political life might be over.

Arizona

The rest of the country is welcome to join AZ and the rest of the states that already restored Constitutional Carry.

Now about that NFA and GCA…

@greenboxmedia

Repeal
1934 NFA, 1968 GCA, & 1986 FOPA

Finnky

Well – I’d prefer we keep and strengthen two things (I think) are part of FOPA. (1) protection of legal commerce and (2) innocent traveler protection. Gun owners who have been victims of theft should have some protection. Possession of pistols, ammo, and mags should be protected, should be protection from prosecution (no charges allowed) rather than a defense from prosecution you have to have lawyer present in your trial – and finally should have teeth with prosecution of officers and prosecutors who violate innocent travelers. Traveling should be redefined to include associated activities such as stopping for gas, food… Read more »

Grigori

I hope the Louisiana Legislature has the guts and integrity to override the coming veto! Best of luck to you guys!

Also, hoping our brothers in Texas achieve Constitutional Carry this year.