DA says it would take away from the Legislature the power to regulate the possession of concealed weapons
District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro Thursday chose the intersection of Camp and Delachaise Streets, the site of a recent shooting Uptown, to publicly announce his opposition to a constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 ballot concerning concealed weapons.
Cannizzaro said the amendment, if passed, would place in extreme constitutional jeopardy those laws that prohibit possession of a concealed weapon without a permit.
"This amendment represents a very skillfully drafted deliberate attempt by the gun lobby to transform Louisiana into a concealed carry state - that is a state in which gun owners are legally entitled to carry a concealed weapon without a permit - without a full debate on the issue."
Cannizzaro went on to say, "There is no law that would prevent the Legislature from removing the permit requirement from our concealed weapon laws. However, before making such a dramatic shift in the gun policy of this state, I believe we should have a robust and transparent debate on this issue."
"I do not believe that a proliferation of concealed weapons in this city will enhance public safety," the DA said.