Posted: Feb 15, 2010 4:53 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Feb 15, 2010 7:07 PM
Louisiana currently has dozens of agreements with other states involving concealed handgun permits. The agreement makes a Louisiana permit valid in that state, and that state's permit valid here.
A proposed bill would modify those agreements. Under the bill, Louisiana would only acknowledge a concealed weapons permit from the state where that person lives. A non-resident permit would not be allowed.
Concealed permit instructors say they back the change. They say it will make it easier for law enforcement to do things, like background checks. The instructors say someone can, at times, hide things like arrests by going out of state for a permit. This could stop that loophole.
There are currently about 28,000 concealed handgun permit holders in the state. Instructors say very few get in trouble with the law. The bill being considered this session is authored by State Representative Ernest Wooten, (R) Belle Chase.