It happens in every state. The same kabuki dance plays out — yawn…sorry — whenever the prospect of constitutional carry gets real. Anti-gun politicians gather a group of compliant law enforcement types to predict that everyone will die in a hail of bullets if law-abiding citizens are allowed to carry firearms without a government permission slip.
As if huge numbers of them of them aren’t doing it already.
This week’s command performance took place in the Louisiana capital, where Governor John Bel Edwards had recently vetoed a constitutional carry bill that had passed both houses of the legislature by supermajority margins.
From msn.com . . .
Dozens of law enforcement officials from around the state gathered in Baton Rouge Thursday to implore lawmakers to not override Governor Edwards’ veto of legislation allowing concealed carry without a permit. Under the bill, those 21 and older who are not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm would be allowed to carry a concealed handgun without needing to demonstrate firearm proficiency and safety knowledge during an eight-hour concealed carry course.
Several sheriffs were in attendance despite the fact that the highly influential Louisiana Sheriffs Association has remained neutral on the topic. One of those sheriffs was Craig Webre of Lafourche who said allowing unlicensed, untrained people to carry concealed firearms in public is a recipe for disaster.
“I don’t want to be at a Mardi Gras parade with my daughter where someone jumps up to catch a bead and that gun falls out their waistband it hits the concrete, goes off and innocent people get killed,” said Webre. “I don’t want to go into a department store or restaurant and wonder who might be carrying a concealed weapon.
We have some news for Sheriff Webre. There are reportedly almost 300,000 concealed carry permit holders in the Sportsman’s Paradise. The number of people who carry a gun — with or without a permit — is no doubt considerably higher. So there have already been lots of people packing plenty of pistols at those Mardi Gras parades you’ve been attending with your daughter.
Also, 21 other states already have constitutional carry on the books (Texas’s law won’t take effect until September 1). None of those states have experienced “disaster” after enacting permitless carry that Sheriff Webre and the rest of his brothers in blue are predicting.
Ooh! Here’s another oldie that’s always trotted out . . .
The Governor’s veto has the full support of the Louisiana Chiefs of Police Association. New Orleans Superintendent of Police Shaun Ferguson said the state and nation is already enduring an increase in crime and putting more untrained gun owners on the streets will make it worse.
“It would put us in a position that we would have to assume that everyone is armed now and in doing so that heightens that engagement or interaction with whomever we may encounter,” said Ferguson.
Another news flash: cops — at least those who are worth their salt — already assume everyone is armed. This is a country with almost half a billion civilian-owned firearms. LEOs know this and act accordingly.
So this is all just anti-gun political theater, orchestrated by people who don’t like the idea of losing control over the permitting process…and the revenue it generates. Over two-thirds of both houses passed the Louisiana constitutional carry bill. Assuming the legislature comes back over the summer to act, the Gumbo State will be the 22nd member of the constitutional carry club. Whether these cops like it or not.