By: Teresa Mull
Louisiana is following hot on the footsteps of its neighbor, Texas, in becoming a Constitutional Carry state.
Last week, Gov. Greg Abbott made it state law that a law-abiding citizen (in Texas’ case, one must be at least 21 years old) does not need to ask the government permission before exercising his or her Second Amendment rights.
Now, Louisiana’s Senate Bill 118 is awaiting Gov. John Bel Edwards’ signature, but the Democrat, according to the NRA, is “refusing” to sign the legislation.
“My position on this has not changed,” said Edwards during a recent interview. “A law enforcement officer doesn’t want to discover someone with whom they’re engaging has a firearm for the first time while they are actually searching them and that leads a lot of problems.”
If the governor does veto the bill, it would take a two-thirds majority of the legislature to override it. But that hasn’t happened in Louisiana since the mid-90s.
Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.