BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A rewriting of the state's constitutional protections for weapon owners, removing a provision that spells out legislative authority to limit concealed handguns, is nearing final passage in the Louisiana Legislature.
The House criminal justice committee backed the measure in a 9-5 vote Wednesday, despite concerns the change could nullify most of Louisiana's gun limits and open the door to concealed weapons in schools, bars and the Capitol.
The Senate already has approved the bill by Republican Sen. Neil Riser. It heads next to the full House for debate. Beside legislative approval, it also would require backing by voters in a statewide election before it could be enacted.
The constitutional change would set a tougher standard for restricting the use of firearms.
Senate Bill 303 can be found at www.legis.la.gov