Senate Committee guts ‘constitutional carry’ bill, amending it to allow teachers to carry concealed guns at schools

Published: June 1, 2022

By: Allison Allsop and Piper Hutchinson, LSU Manship School News Service

Rep. Danny McCormick’s bill on concealed carry in general was amended to focus on school personnel.(Credit: Piper Hutchinson/LSU Manship School News Service)

BATON ROUGE, La. (LSU Manship School News Service) – A Senate committee struck provisions Wednesday, June 1 that would have allowed for permit-less concealed carry dramatically altering a bill to instead allow for teachers to carry concealed guns on school property in certain circumstances.

House Bill 37, sponsored by Rep. Danny McCormick, R-Oil City, was intended to remove current requirements that an individual must have a concealed carry permit to carry a handgun in a concealed manner in Louisiana.

An amendment proposed by Sen. Eddie Lambert, R-Gonzales, removed provisions of the bill that would have allowed for permit-less carry and inserted language that would allow for teachers to become certified to carry weapons on school grounds.

The amendment passed 8-2 Wednesday evening, with Republican Sens. Jay Morris of Monroe and Mike Reese of Leesville in opposition.

Lambert pointed to the more than 40-minute period that police in Uvalde, Texas, were delayed in entering Robb Elementary School last week during a mass shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers.

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