The right to bear arms will be up to Louisiana voters on November 6th as the public will decide on whether or not to pass aptly-named Amendment 2.
Proponents of the amendment say it could expand gun rights, putting the burden of restriction on the State. Supporters say it could guard against possible future rulings about the second amendment. Amendment 2 would require the government to justify a law that would restrict a person’s right to carry a concealed weapon in any way. That justification would come from a process called “strict scrutiny.”
But opponents to Amendment 2 say that “strict scrutiny” could be a slippery slope, because it could open up the door to carrying guns on school campuses, churches and sporting events. They worry any current restrictions could be challenged in court.
“I’m an army veteran, I’m a Vietnam veteran, served one year in Vietnam, spent three years in the military, spent 27 years in State Police, over 30 years in law enforcement. I’m a gun owner, I believe in the 2nd Amendment,” said State Rep. Terry Landry. (D-Lafayette)
By the sound of it, you would think Representative Landry would be for Amendment 2. But he’s not.
“This piece of legislation, which does many things, none of which I think is good, but it limits prohibiting people’s ability to where you can carry a gun,” said Landry.
He said this amendment is not about the right to bear arms, but about a fundamental change in how laws are put in place.