The Louisiana legislature will convene a veto override session on Tuesday for the first time in history. On the agenda is Governor John Bel Edwards’ veto of a bill that would make Louisiana the 22nd constitutional carry state in the nation.
As Edwards said when he nixed the bill . . .
“I have a history as a legislator of voting against bills that would do away with the permit that is now necessary in order to have a concealed weapon,” Edwards said previously. “I think it strikes the right balance to make sure that individuals go through that background check, that they have training on safety and on marksmanship.”
The legislature disagreed, and in large numbers. The constitutional carry bill passed both chambers with huge majorities, enough to override the veto if everyone votes the same way this week (73-26 in the House and 27-9 in the Senate).
With the increased focus on the historic override session, though, the pressure applied on all of the legislators will be ratcheted up. Some of those who voted for the bill could change their minds.
To let legislators know how much support constitutional carry has in the Crawfish and Gumbo State, a rally will be held Monday evening in Baton Rouge at the capitol from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. If you’re in the area and can attend, a big crowd showing their support for permitless carry certainly wouldn’t hurt the chances of a successful override.