Louisiana will not be joining the ranks of states allowing for constitutional carry any time soon. House Bill 68, sponsored by Republican Barry Ivey, would have allowed gun owners to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.
However, in the Louisiana House, the bill will not move forward following an 8-5 vote against it.
Louisiana is an open carry state, but in order to have a concealed weapon, the carrier must first obtain a concealed weapons permit. In Louisiana, supports of constitutional carry argue that the requirements of obtaining a concealed carry license — which includes completing a background check, paying fees and taking training courses — is an obstacle that prevents people from exercising their Second Amendment rights. This is the third time Representative Ivey has proposed concealed carry legislation, and it’s the third time it’s been denied. Keep up the good work Barry.