City-Parish leaders call relaxed concealed carry bills a public safety concern

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Two proposed bills are looking to relax concealed carry laws in Louisiana, but they’re being met with new pushback from city-parish leaders.

Currently, you need classes and permits to carry a weapon and some lawmakers are looking to relax those, but others are calling these proposed bills a threat to public safety.

The proposed House Bill 596 and Senate Bill 118, would relax concealed carry laws if passed.

“To think that we would have people we have voted for and put in office believe that by taking that away it’s going to be for the betterment of our community, I’m just appalled.” said Coalition of Drugs and violence member Pat Leduff

The bills aim to create a free safety video for gun owners and would eliminate training and fess.

“There’s a real difference in carrying in the state of Louisiana open carry where someone carry a firearm that is visible and it’s legal and you put on a coat and subsequently it becomes illegal,” said Republican representative Bryan Fontenot.

East Baton Rouge Parish leaders are now calling these proposals a public safety concerns.

“I recognize that gun ownership is a value of liberty in our state, but I fail to see how any policy maker can justify the argument that eliminating background checks, training and permits for concealed weapons will make our community safer,” said East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.

The law currently requires you to take a nine hour training course to conceal a firearms.

“It should not stand in the way of your constitutional right to keep and bare arms,” said Fontenot.

Opposers said, it passed this could only make crime rates worse.

“That is not something that is best for our community. Push for opposition and that they change their minds at this point,” said Leduff.

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