The Louisiana House passed constitutional carry legislation by a vote of 70-29 Tuesday, and the measure now goes to the Louisiana Senate.
The Louisiana Illuminator reported that the permitless carry legislation, HB 131, is sponsored by State Rep. Danny McCormick (R).
The Shreveport Times quoted McCormick saying, “For too long Louisiana has been infringing on that God-given right.”
He added, “Nothing is more unjust that to insist citizens pay for a right they already have.”
Louisiana is one of 46 open carry states, and no permit is required to openly carry a handgun in the state.
Constitutional carry supporters argue that simply putting on a jacket or a sweatshirt, which may cover an otherwise openly carried pistol should not result in a requirement that one first gets a permit from the government.
There are currently 27 constitutional carry states in the Union.
Those states are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. (Florida’s constitutional carry law takes effect July 1, 2023 and Nebraska’s constitutional carry law takes effect September 10, 2023.)