Another bright spot: Voters in Louisiana overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment strengthening the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, in their state. From the Advocate:
With just shy of 100 percent of the vote in, Amendment 2 was passing 1,237,596 or 74 percent to 428,906 or 26 percent in a state where gun rights have some of the greatest protections in the U.S.
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The constitutional change â€” pushed by the National Rifle Association â€” would require â€śstrict scrutinyâ€ť of any restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms. The legal standard would require courts, when asked, to determine whether the stateâ€™s gun laws demonstrate â€śa compelling governmental interestâ€ť and are â€śnarrowly defined.â€ť If not, they are to be thrown out as unconstitutional.
No other state has a ’strict scrutiny’ clause. This amendment could overturn some of the states gun regulations such as requiring a permit for CCW.
More at the link and kudos to Louisiana voters. Out of curiosity, would this also prevent the confiscation of firearms during a time of emergency — such as happened during Hurricane Katrina? If memory serves me right, though, I think the state legislature there passed a law on its own a couple of years ago preventing that from happening again. Maybe someone from there can elaborate.
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