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Bill Seeks to Strengthen the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La (Jan. 4, 2016) – a bill proposing a constitutional amendment that would make Louisiana the 8th “Constitutional Carry” state has been introduced in the Bayou State.

Representative Barry Ivey (R – 65) filed House Bill 4 (HB4) on December 21, 2015. The bill proposes to amend Article I, Section 11 of the Constitution of Louisiana, to provide that the right to keep and bear arms includes the right to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or license.

Article 1, Section 11 of the Constitution of Louisiana currently provides that the right of each citizen to keep and bear arms is fundamental and shall not be infringed. It goes on to further provide that any restriction of this right shall be subject to a standard of strict scrutiny by a court in determining its constitutionality. HB4 intends to add the following:

The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms includes the right to possess a concealed handgun without the necessity of obtaining a permit or license, unless the person is prohibited from possessing a firearm under the laws of Louisiana or the laws of the United States.

If passed, the proposed amendment will bypass the governor’s desk and go directly to the People of Louisiana at the statewide election to be held on November 8, 2016.

HB4 has been referred to the House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice, where it will first need to pass before the House can consider it.

ACTION ITEMS

If you live in Louisiana, contact your State Representative (http://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/) as well as the members of the House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice and strongly, but respectfully urge them to support and pass HB4.

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