Recently, the Louisiana House passed Constitutional Carry legislation, House Bill 596. Its passage, as well as the Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 118, mark the success of a Constitutional Carry measure passing in both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature, all but ensuring a version will hit Governor Edwards’ desk. Both measures were passed from their chamber of origin with bipartisan, supermajority support. At the same time, the House also passed concealed carry legislation, House Bill 124.
Constitutional Carry Legislation, Senate Bill 118 and House Bill 596, remove the requirement for law-abiding individuals to obtain a concealed handgun permit before being allowed to carry concealed, a handgun for self-defense. This important legislation ensures that citizens are able to exercise their right to self-defense without government red tape or delays. These measures do not affect previously issued carry permits, and allow citizens who still wish to obtain a permit in order to carry in other states recognizing Louisiana permits, to do so. House Bill 596 was amended in committee to provide free optional online training for those who wish to view it before obtaining a permit.
House Bill 124 clarifies Louisiana’s concealed carry laws that cause individuals with a concealed carry permit to possibly be arrested for carrying a knife, while also lawfully carrying a firearm for self-defense. This is not the intent of the law, and HB 124 clears this up.
Stay-tuned to NRA-ILA Alerts and your email for more information as these measures advance through the legislature. Please be sure to stay in contact with your State Lawmakers, urging their support of these important measures.