If newly proposed "House Bill 68" passes, you will no longer be required to have a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Louisiana.

WAFB reports Baton Rouge lawmaker Rep. Barry Ivey is proposing Louisiana do away with the concealed weapon permitting process. Currently, to obtain a permit to carry a firearm in Louisiana, a person must be at least 21-years-old with no criminal record, complete a gun training class, and pay a fee.

Why does Ivey want to get rid of weapon permits? Ivey tells WAFB "In my opinion, the Constitution says you have a right to keep and bear, so how you carry it, whether concealed or open, should not be determined by state law".

Sounds a little nutty at first, but 11 states currently allow residents to carry without a permit. It's called "Constitutional Carry".

I see where Ivey is coming from, and I can't say I completely disagree with him. What concerns me is what could happen when a bunch of people start walking around with guns who haven't been properly trained in firearms safety.

What do you think? Should Louisiana get rid of permits to carry firearms?

You can read more about "House Bill 68" over at WAFB.com.

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