Louisiana could become the 22nd state to adopt Constitutional Carry if Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards signs Senate Bill 118 into law.
On June 1, 2021, elected officials in Louisiana passed SB 118. Louisiana’s Constitutional Carry legislation was sponsored by State Senator Jay Morris and passed by a vote of 27 to 9.
AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News, reported that Governor Edwards promised to veto SB 118 in the case that it arrives at his desk.
Hawkins provided an overview of all the states that have Constitutional Carry:
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Twenty states already have constitutional carry. Those states include Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. (Note: Tennessee’s end to permit requirement goes into effect July 1, 2021.)
Constitutional Carry is the Second Amendment battle with the most momentum currently.
According to Louisiana’s constitution, 2/3 votes in each house are needed to override a veto in the case that Edwards vetoes the bill.
SB 118 was passed by votes of 73 to 28 in the House and 27 to 9 in the Senate, respectively. With these votes in mind, the Louisiana State Legislature should be able to override the veto if the Senators and House members don’t deviate in their voting patterns.
If the stars align, Louisiana will become the 22nd state with Constitutional Carry. Looking at the bigger picture, we can see what is the most successful right wing cause of the past two decades. When Barack Obama took office in 2009, there were only two states with Constitutional Carry and now that number could increase 11-fold.
Liberty conservatives should rejoice and realize that there is still great fight among the American people. We should definitely study the Constitutional Carry movement and apply its lessons to other causes.