If signed into law, the bill would allow visitors to carry firearms at K-12 schools and on college campuses if they have a concealed weapons permit, but employees and students would be prohibited. The bill, sponsored by Republican state Rep. Blake Miguez, will move to the Senate for a vote.
However, Miguez’s proposal is contingent on a parish-by-parish popular vote, meaning visitors on campus and school property would only be able to carry a firearm if the parish approved the measure.
Miguez wants to give more power to each community to make their own laws and decisions. But the move has surprised both sides because, frankly, it doesn’t make a lot of sense.
In theory, giving communities more power over their own laws doesn’t sound like a bad idea. But in practice, it could cause serious legal issues for law-abiding citizens.
A legal gun owner may be able to carry a gun on a school or university campus in one area, but not in another that may be just up the road.
It could have major legal ramifications for those who don’t have time to remember the laws for the hundreds of parishes in Louisiana.
The legislation would allow school and university authorities to forbid visitors from bringing firearms into certain buildings or venues.
Then, the parish school boards would be able to place certain limitations on where a person can bring a gun. For example, a parish could prohibit a person from bringing a firearm into a sporting event or a classroom.