House approves bill to allow people 18 and older to conceal carry a firearm without a permit or training

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The House approves legislation that would allow non-felons 18 years of age and older to conceal carry a firearm without a permit or training in a 70 to 29 vote. Oil City Republican Representative Danny McCormick says the Second Amendment gives law-abiding citizens the right to do so.

“We must restore these rights to law abiding citizens in Louisiana. It’s our duty to protect the constitutional rights of our citizens.”

Referred to as the “Constitutional Carry” bill, many believe under the 2nd Amendment it gives law-abiding citizens the right to bear arms and should not require a concealed carry permit. Alexandria Representative Ed Larvadain voted against the bill. He believes under this legislation it makes it easier for people to act and to endanger our communities.

“We’re not going to make our communities safe if we put more guns in our communities. In my city of Alexandria, every week there’s a shooting or killing. I’m sick of it. In New Orleans theres shootings. Companies are not going to come to our state if everybody killing each other.”

Oakdale Representative Dewith Carrier favored the bill. He said the issue is not people carrying guns.

“I’m tired of us getting blamed for people. It’s not a gun problem, it’s a evil problem. Okay this is my gun. I put my gun right here. What happens? Nothing. But if a bad person gets it, bad things are going to happen.”

Twenty-seven other states already have similar laws in effect.

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