Proposed bill would allow lifetime concealed carry permits
BATON ROUGE- Representative Barry Ivey from Central wants to allow your concealed carry permit to last for a lifetime.
He authored a bill that would do just that, if it becomes law. Currently, a concealed carry permit must be renewed every five years. If this law passes, it would never have to be renewed.
Critics are worried because there would be no periodic training once someone receives a lifetime permit.
"Somebody who carries regularly is proficient," Ivey said. "Someone who only shoots their weapon once every five years at a paper target, that doesn't qualify you for being truly prepared."
Pam Robertson-Hotard was once a victim of a violent crime. She owns a convenient store downtown and has stared down the barrel of a gun at one point. She is on the fence about whether it's a good idea to allow people to have lifetime permits.
"I can understand the reasoning behind wanting to do that for life, but I think there is a check and balance system and keeping the law as is would be reassuring," Robertson-Hotard said.
Rozetta Jones also knows people who were victims of violent crime. She supports Ivey's bill.
"I think it's a good idea because everyone needs a gun to protect themselves," Jones said.
Although there's no guarantee a concealed carry permit will protect you, people say they are armed and ready if danger comes their way.
"People just get it (guns) off the streets," Winter Carey said.
Indiana is the only state in the nation that allows lifetime concealed carry permits. If approved, the same laws would apply to revoke the permit if the permit holder violates the permit guidelines.