Gun shop owner, activist group weigh in on bill that would remove permit requirement for concealed carry in La.

Gun shop owner, activist group weigh in on bill that would remove permit requirement for concealed carry in La.
Ron's Guns is located on Old Minden Road in Bossier City. (Source: KSLA)

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - A bill that’s currently being considered in the Louisiana legislature would allow legal gun owners to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

Senate Bill 118 was introduced by Senator Jay Morris, a republican who represents District 35. As of Tuesday, April 20, the bill is currently pending Senate floor action. Click here to keep up with the bill’s progress.

Some say such a law is a constitutional right, but others say it could result in more people owning guns without proper training.

Gene Lock owns Ron’s Guns and believes passing this bill can keep some people out of jail.

“The law-abiding citizens don’t carry if they don’t have a permit, but if they had a constitutional carry they would carry without fear of being convicted of a felony and without all the hassle that comes along with being charged and having to defend against it,” he said.

According to the National Rifle Association, only 16 states allow legal gun owners to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

Laura Devitt is a part of the New Orleans Chapter of Moms Demand Action, an organization striving for more safety measures to stop gun violence. She believes the bill would create more crime.

“We have seen this in other states that have gone to permitless carry. For example, Alaska was one of the first states in 2003 to pass permitless carry, and they saw an increase by 65 percent of aggravated assault by gun,” she said.

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