I voted for it.
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Gun rights amendment passes easily
By Marsha Shuler
Capitol news bureau
November 07, 2012
Louisiana voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a proposed constitutional amendment that gives the state the strongest gun laws in the nation, according to nearly complete state elections office returns.
With just shy of 100 percent of the vote in, Amendment 2 was passing 1,237,596 or 74 percent to 428,906 or 26 percent in a state where gun rights have some of the greatest protections in the U.S.
“This is a truly historic day for Louisiana. We are sending a message to the rest of the nation of our strong support of the right to keep and bear arms,” said state Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, who championed the proposition in the Legislature.
Riser said the strong support is due to Louisiana residents seeing the federal government and other states “trending toward anti-gun laws.”
The constitutional change — pushed by the National Rifle Association — would require “strict scrutiny” of any restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms. The legal standard would require courts, when asked, to determine whether the state’s gun laws demonstrate “a compelling governmental interest” and are “narrowly defined.” If not, they are to be thrown out as unconstitutional.
Louisiana becomes the first state with the “strict scrutiny” standard.
Opponents argued that the proposal’s passage would make it more difficult to regulate guns for the safety of all and lead to constitutional challenges of some 80-plus laws, such as those limiting possession of concealed weapons.
“I just think this puts us on a real slippery slope,” said state Rep. Terry Landry, D-New Iberia, a former State Police commander and vocal opponent of the measure.
The gun issue drew the most attention of the nine proposed constitutional changes on the ballot.
Much of this is about those very carefully needed words that can one day be very important..........."lawyer talk". Due to court decisions, pro-gun people here see possible problems in the future and wanted to strengthen the language in the states constitution in favor of gun owners rights.
Below are three links that have a lot of good information explaining why this is needed, in fact much of it suggests how it could apply to other States Constitution. I understand that folks in other states have been watching this, so I'd say that this may spread.
Good reading for any pro-gun person in any state.
Top Legal Blog Weighs in on "YES on 2"
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Helpful hints on pushing back and strengthening the 2A:
I voted for it.
At least some positive news from the election!
Bravo Zulu Louisiana! Asked THEM what they want and answer they did !
Think I'll make a gumbo to celebrate....... although your last link DOES raise some questions that should be reviewed and answered...... intresting
It seems states are in general leaning pro-gun. It's the Federal side that concerns me.
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Great news. Now other states have to do the same.
IANAL.. and I'm told I'm pretty durned ignurnt too.. but.. Since this is a change to the State constitution, and a challenge to any Federal laws would have to be in Federal court, this seems to be moot in terms of allowing a challenge to any Federal law that may come down the pike. Federal courts do not bow to state constitutions.
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Alabama Constitution of 1901 - That every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.