Senate votes to tighten gun owner protections

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 8:16am

A proposal in the Louisiana legislature could impact your right to bear arms. The measure is geared to strengthening gun owners' ability to carry them, according to sponsors. That right is already broadly protected by the Louisiana constitution, but there is one section that allows for the passage of laws that prohibit concealed carry. That means that certain public places, like schools or restaurants, can choose whether or not to allow concealed weapons on the property.

Now some legislators say that part should be removed. It's drawn criticism from some advocacy groups, including college students and administrators who say it could make campuses less safe. Bill sponsors argue that campuses could still ban concealed weapons, if they showed convincing proof that allowing guns would pose a threat to the safety of the community.

The measure has already been approved by the Senate. It now goes before the House and voters for final approval.

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