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House panel quashes bill to allow permit-less conceal carry

6 years 2 weeks 4 days ago Wednesday, May 10 2017 May 10, 2017 May 10, 2017 2:32 PM May 10, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have once again struck down a proposal to allow Louisiana residents to carry a concealed gun without a permit.

A House panel voted 8-5 Wednesday against Rep. Barry Ivey's "constitutional carry" measure.

State law allows people to openly carry a gun without a permit. In order to conceal a handgun, though, residents must be trained, undergo a background check and have their fingerprints taken.

Supporters of Ivey's bill said the permit requirements, which include fees, are costly and prevent law-abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment right.

Opponents said the permitting process keeps concealed guns in the hands of responsible people.

This was the third attempt from Ivey, a Baton Rouge Republican, to have Louisiana join a dozen other states that don't require permits.

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