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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards vetoes concealed carry gun bill

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Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards has vetoed a bill to allow people to carry concealed handguns in Louisiana without a permit or training, which could fuel a growing movement for a veto-override session from the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Senate Bill 118 by Monroe Republican Sen. Jay Morris would have allowed anyone 21 and older to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. Current law allows concealed carry with a permit and training.

Though the bill won overwhelming support in the Legislature, Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, has said he believes current law “strikes the right balance.”

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Neighboring Texas and Mississippi have passed expanded concealed carry laws similar to Morris’ bill with Republican governors there signing them into law.

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