Bill to limit gun restrictions heads to La. voters
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana voters will decide whether to toughen the state's constitutional protections for weapon owners.
The proposal by Republican Sen. Neil Riser would strike a provision that gives the Legislature explicit authority to limit concealed handguns.
The Senate gave final passage to the measure Tuesday with a 34-4 vote. Beside legislative approval, it requires backing by voters in the Nov. 6 statewide election before it could be enacted.
Supporters say the change would give Louisiana the strongest gun protection in the nation and could guard against possible future Supreme Court rulings that might undermine the Second Amendment.
Opponents say the changes could lead to the nullification of most of Louisiana's gun limits, including prohibitions of concealed handguns on college campuses, in churches and in government buildings and gun-free zones around schools.