Senate votes down bid to give lawmakers special gun rights
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Senate shot down a last-minute bid to grant expanded conceal-carry privileges to retired state lawmakers.
Sen. Bret Allain, a Republican from Franklin, tried to add the language into a House bill. He said the proposal was justified because retired lawmakers made decisions that may provoke voters' wrath.
Allain couldn't persuade his colleagues, who voted 27-11 against the proposal.
The proposal would have required anyone seeking the privileges to take an annual test and wouldn't have applied to those who left office in disgrace.
Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, a New Orleans Democrat who opposed the idea, said lawmakers need to follow the same rules as ordinary citizens.
The Senate, however, agreed to grant the special conceal-carry privileges to retired judges and district attorneys on a 32-6 vote.