Ballot Initiative of the Day: Will Louisiana Expand Gun Rights?

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Louisiana–one of the most gun-friendly states in the nation–may make its gun rights even stronger on November 6. The state legislature has proposed a constitutional amendment that any law restricting the right to keep and bear arms would be “subject to strict scrutiny,” meaning any attempt to restrict gun laws would become more difficult and that it could be nearly impossible to prohibit concealed carry.Governor Bobby Jindal pegged his support of the proposed amendment to Hurricane Katrina in an op-ed for the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. “Folks were in their homes with no electricity, no power, no 911 service, and reports of looters going door to door,” he stated. “Instead of protecting freedom, government officials went door to door, confiscating guns from law-abiding citizens. We just can’t let that happen again.” The US Constitution’s Second Amendment rights “hang in the balance,” he said.

New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro thinks the amendment goes too far. “This amendment will place in extreme constitutional jeopardy our present law that requires gun owners to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon,” he explained at a news conference last week. The Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) sides with Cannizzaro despite its support of gun rights because schools would be at a particular risk. “It’s that if this amendment passes, one could foresee a situation where a student or someone else charged with carrying a firearm on a college campus could challenge the constitutionality of the gun-free campus restriction, thus leaving it to the courts to decide under a new and much higher standard of scrutiny if our current law is too restrictive,” the CABL argued in a statement. “Opening the possibility that that might occur is not a risk we wish to take.”

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Hadrewsky
Hadrewsky

The government actually confiscating firearms IS something that should be prevented for all time... I may be on the left for this election but I cant trust the left not to do something retarded 30 years from now.

And it should be rock hard and encased in steel.

MrObvious
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Governor Bobby Jindal pegged his support of the proposed amendment to Hurricane Katrina in an op-ed for the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. “Folks were in their homes with no electricity, no power, no 911 service, and reports of looters going door to door,” he stated. “Instead of protecting freedom, government officials went door to door, confiscating guns from law-abiding citizens. We just can’t let that happen again.” The US Constitution’s Second Amendment rights “hang in the balance,” he said.

That sounds like a bunch of baloney to me. How about media research and highlights if this is true or not.

NewOrleansResident
NewOrleansResident

Mr.Obvious,

The firearm confiscation to which Gov. Jindal refers not only happened, it was broadcast on national television. That particular incident involved numerous LEOs bodily taking a handgun from an elderly woman in her own kitchen.

Here is one ofmany articles I found in a quick search:

http://reason.com/archives/2005/09/10/defenseless-on-the-bayou

New Orleans Resident

RoyShastid
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  @NewOrleansResident    I read your article and all I can say is that you need to learn how to read critically and with a bit of reasoning before you quote that thinly veiled attempt to outrage you with inflammatory words.  Stating that people were not allowed to have guns in the Super-Dome is not exactly gun confiscation. Would you want refugees in a crowded and stressful situation to also be armed ???Great place for someone to start shooting because smeone else got too close or he felt he did not get enough space/food. Poor choice of supporting  evidence, and poor way of thinking things out.