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Wed Nov 7, 2012, 03:58 PM

Louisiana passes Constitutional Amendment Right of each Citizen to keep and bear arms

73-27%

http://www.nola.com/politics/results/

That brings us to Tuesday's ballot. Voters will be asked to remove the constitutional language that says Louisiana can pass laws to prohibit concealed weapons. Voters are also asked to rig it so that any law proposed to limit gun rights is just about guaranteed to fail. In order for such a law to survive, it would have to survive the courts' "strict scrutiny," a standard of review that precious few laws survive.

Removing the language that says concealed weapons laws are OK wouldn't take away the Louisiana Legislature's ability to pass restrictions. But it might doom such restrictions to failure. It seems anti-democratic to declare that future lawmakers -- elected by the people -- can't pass laws they deem necessary to keep people safe.

If the amendment passes, will felons have a fundamental right to hide weapons on themselves? Will bringing your piece to a parade, a stadium, a school playground all of a sudden be allowed? Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro thinks the amendment's a pandora's box, that it's going to bring us all sorts of unpleasant surprises including, as he just wrote for The Times-Picayune, "a flurry of litigation in which criminal defendants will challenge the constitutionality of current criminal laws regulating gun possession."

It's his opinion that the amendment is a backdoor way to make Louisiana a state where nobody -- and he does mean nobody -- can be legally stopped from carrying a hidden gun. In that case, we'd have even more death and destruction on our hands. But we can tolerate that, can't we Louisiana? So long as our guns are OK.
http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2012/11/constitutional_amendment_no_2.html

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bluedigger Nov 2012 OP
gordianot Nov 2012 #1
bluedigger Nov 2012 #2
gejohnston Nov 2012 #4
Peepsite Nov 2012 #3
Clames Nov 2012 #5
Eleanors38 Nov 2012 #6

Response to bluedigger (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 04:05 PM

1. As I remember even in the old west you had to check in your firearms from time to time.

The same goes for Saloons sort of like checking in your hat. Will avoid Louisiana.

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Response to gordianot (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 04:17 PM

2. Just carry a bible over your heart to the parade.

Should stop most bullets.

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Response to gordianot (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 04:40 PM

4. that was only a few places in Arizona and

maybe in Kansas, even then it didn't apply to people who actually lived there.

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Response to bluedigger (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 04:40 PM

3. Good for LA, they proposed what they wanted and passed it 73-27, yay democracy.

 

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Response to bluedigger (Original post)

Wed Nov 7, 2012, 05:18 PM

5. Can't get more out of touch with reality than the author of...

 

...that article. Well, maybe a few of the usual anti-gun fellows here will give it their best effort but that is a mighty high bar even for them...

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Response to bluedigger (Original post)

Thu Nov 8, 2012, 10:27 AM

6. So, a convicted criminal will not be brought up on illegal possession of a firearm?

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