Louisiana Right to Bear Arms, Amendment 2 (2012)

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Right to Bear Arms Amendment
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Louisiana Constitution
Referred by:Louisiana State Legislature

The Louisiana Right to Bear Arms Amendment, also known as Constitutional Amendment 2, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot in Louisiana, where it was approved.

This measure fortified existing gun rights in the state. The amendment added the rights to acquire, transport, carry, transfer, and use firearms in addition to the existing right to keep and bear them.[1][2]

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
Louisiana Amendment 2 (2012)
Approveda Yes 1,331,891 73.45%

Official results via the Louisiana Secretary of State's website.

Text of measure

The official ballot text read as follows:[3]

Do you support an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Louisiana to provide that the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right and any restriction of that right requires the highest standard of review by a court?[4]


Supporters of the amendment said it could guard against possible future court rulings that may affect the second amendment.[5]


Opponents argued that the measure could result in a lawsuit repealing the state's prohibition of concealed handguns at colleges.[5]

Media editorial positions


  • The Advocate said, "We are not alone in opposition to this proposal. The Council for a Better Louisiana opposes the amendment. The rejection of Amendment 2 does not endanger the legitimate gun owner at all. We hope voters will see through this proposal, and reject it."[6]

Path to the ballot

See also: Louisiana legislatively-referred constitutional amendments

The legislatively-referred constitutional amendment required a two-thirds vote from members of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature to be placed on the statewide ballot.

On Monday, April 9, 2012, the Louisiana Senate voted 31-6 in approval of the measure and thereby, passing it on to the House.[1] The house amended the bill and voted 77-22 in favor of it on May 24.[7]

On May 29 the senate voted on the amendments made by the house and passed the measure 34-4, thereby placing the amendment on to the statewide ballot.[7]

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