Louisiana and Texas may soon join the 20 states already removing restrictions on their citizens to lawfully carry their firearms concealed without a permit (often called constitutional carry) .
In Louisiana, constitutional-carry legislation passed both chambers in the forms of H.B. 596 and S.B. 118. “This important legislation ensures that citizens are able to exercise their right to self-defense without government red tape or delays,” reported NRA-ILA.
Just to Louisiana’s west, in Texas, H.B. 1927 was recently sent to a conference committee to make sure that all the fine print is exactly as needed to ensure Texans can freely and lawfully exercise their Second Amendment rights. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) appointed five pro-Second Amendment Senate conferees to work out the differences between the House- and Senate-passed versions of the bill. Texas’ legislative session ends May 31.
Each of these pieces of legislation has been backed by the NRA, which has fought fiercely to expand your Second Amendment rights by removing unnecessary and onerous governmental red tape.
While the government was never supposed to be able to delegate out your constitutional rights, virtually everywhere in the country allowed this up until the latter part of the 20th century, when the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (ILA)began promoting constitutional carry across the nation.
“[I]n addition to being constitutionally preferable, constitutional carry works. The predictions are made, the policy is put in place and then there is silence—or, even better, there is improvement,” previously reported America’s 1st Freedom.
This year has already seen constitutional carry expanded to Iowa, Montana, Tennessee and Utah. Let’s hope that Louisiana and Texas follow suit. America’s 1st Freedom will keep you updated on the progress of these bills and the expansion of constitutional carry throughout the nation.