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La. loaded with support for stricter Second Amendment
by William Dilella
The second Amendment on the November 6 ballot was appropriately about the Right for Citizens to keep and bear arms. That may have been one of the easiest sells in the 2012 election, with a staggering 74-percent of voters turning out a yes (a total of 1,333,269 voters from 64 parishes, against 481,733 no's).
Sen. Neil Riser (R-District 32) has said the new phrasing will hold laws to a higher standard. The number one change would require “strict scrutiny” before enacting any law to limit the right to bear arms—or in plain speak—protecting the right of each citizen first and requiring a, “compelling government interest, being narrowly defined to achieve that intent.” In other words, if legislators want to enact a new gun law, they should start lawyering up.
Riser said this will make Louisiana’s protection of the Second Amendment second to none.
Concerns that a change favoring gun owners rights did not seem to deter voters in the least. In fact of all parishes in the state, only Orleans had more more no-votes cast—barely—with 67,794 yes and 70,182 no (49-percent to 51-percent).
All laws pertaining to or restricting gun possession, transfer or anything of the like will remain in effect. The amendment will ensure only that new laws will be held to the higher standard Riser referred to.
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