Permitless carry bill heading to the governor’s desk

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Louisiana adults who are not felons will soon have the ability to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or training as a result of a bill given final legislative approval by the House today. Pineville Representative Mike Johnson says crime is a major problem and this legislation will give law abiding residents a chance to defend themselves.

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” said Johnson.

For Louisiana adults to conceal carry, they have to get a permit, which requires training. Baton Rouge Representative Denise Marcelle does not like the idea of thousands of people possessing a gun without adequate training.

Anybody can get a gun, you don’t have to know how to shoot it, you just can get it and carry it and something happens and you can pull it out,” said Marcelle.

New Orleans Representative Mandie Landry expressed concern about numerous individuals possessing a gun in large crowds.

“Don’t you think that could result in a large loss of life if someone pulls out a gun in defense on Bourbon Street,” said Landry.

Johnson says criminals are walking around with concealed guns without a permit, so law abiding citizens should legally have the same opportunity.

“People are getting raped, murdered, carjacked, assaulted and in most cases those people are defenseless, you vote for this bill today and give the citizens of Louisiana the right to defend themselves,” said Johnson.

The House approved the bill on 75-28 vote. Governor Jeff Landry plans to sign it and it will go into effect on July 4th.

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