Court gives OK to juvenile concealed handgun ban

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Posted: Jan 29, 2014 5:06 AM

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NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court has upheld the state's ban on possession of concealed handguns by juveniles, rejecting arguments that a constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2012 prohibits the Legislature from enacting concealed weapon laws.

Tuesday's opinion written by Justice Marcus Clark said the amendment does not prohibit sensible firearms regulation and that "common sense, science and social science" all hold that possession of a handgun by a juvenile is dangerous to the public.

The 2012 amendment says that any gun restriction in state law must be subject to "strict scrutiny" by the court - meaning the state carries a heavy burden to prove the restriction is necessary to meet a government interest, such as public safety.

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