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Concealed Weapons Bill

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  From the lawmaker who brought us the highly controversial and unsuccessful legislation to allow concealed handguns on college campuses comes a considerably less jarring bill that could help Louisiana shore up its reciprocity agreements with other states and maybe even land a few new ones. Reciprocity agreements are forged when two states agree to accept one another's policies. House Bill 9 by state Rep. Ernest Wooton, R-Belle Chasse, would allow reciprocity between Louisiana and other states when a concealed handgun permit is issued to a resident of that state who is at least 21 years old — the same age requirement in Louisiana. For example, as long as another state is issuing permits to people 21 and older, that state's concealed weapons permits would be recognized in Louisiana, and vice versa. Several state legislatures are considering similar bills this year in an effort to match up concealed weapons policies. Without Wooton's proposed change, there's a chance that Louisiana might lose its reciprocity status with other states. The bill will be debated during the legislative session that begins March 29. — Jeremy Alford

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