Skip to comments.Gun rights constitutional amendment clears Senate, headed for November ballot (LA)
Posted on 05/30/2012 11:03:07 AM PDT by neverdem
BATON ROUGE -- Louisiana voters will decide this November whether to amend the state Constitution to limit ability of the Legislature and other arms of government to restrict the right to carry guns. The Senate gave a final 34-4 approval to language that will give Second Amendment rights the benefit of "strict scrutiny," a term used by the U.S. Supreme Court to require that government must have a compelling interest before regulating constitutional rights and that any limits must be narrowly tailored.
File photoSen. Neil Riser With the backing of the influential National Rifle Association and Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, pushed the measure to put Louisiana law in line with recent U.S. Supreme Court cases that struck down local weapons bans. Riser said the additional state protection is needed to clarify Louisiana law and protect gun owners from the actions of future lawmakers and jurists.
The amendment requires majority approval on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
Jindal released a written statement after the vote: "We are adopting the strongest, most iron-clad, constitutional protection for law-abiding gun owners. It's our own Second Amendment, if you will, and I look forward to voting for this amendment in the fall."
The bill drew overwhelming support throughout the session, with critics coming almost entirely from among black Democrats. That continued Tuesday with nay votes from Sens. Sharon Weston Broome and Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb of Baton Rouge and Sens. Edwin Murray and Karen Carter Peterson of New Orleans.
Dissenters during committee and floor debates expressed concerns that the measure could gut weapons restrictions such as those on university campuses and local ordinances banning weapons in bars. Riser and other supporters argued that those bans, as long as they are narrowly tailored, meet the Supreme Court's strict scrutiny test. Riser and his allies...
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Gosh, I wonder why it is particularly black politicians against this???
No more free goodies after a hurricane.
Yep, just warms my heart all over to think of the prospect of signs all across a business district, "Looters Will Be Shot."
Next time their family is thirsty, I guess they'll have to ask the owner.
Who knows, they just might find out that charity is a real human attribute, but then, they might just have a teensy bit less to bitch about.