Louisiana Right to Bear Arms, Amendment 2 (2012)
|Right to Bear Arms Amendment|
|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.
- See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
|Louisiana Amendment 2 (2012)|
Official results via the Louisiana Secretary of State's website.
Text of measure
The official ballot text read as follows:
|“||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?||”|
Supporters of the amendment said it could guard against possible future court rulings that may affect the second amendment.
Opponents argued that the measure could result in a lawsuit repealing the state's prohibition of concealed handguns at colleges.
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."
Path to the ballot
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. The house amended the bill and voted 77-22 in favor of it on May 24.
- Times-Picayune "Right to bear arms is taken seriously in the Senate," April 4, 2012
- Senate Bill 303
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "2012 Proposed Constitutional Amendments," retrieved August 17, 2012
- FOX8Live.com "Louisiana voters to consider 9 constitutional amendments," October 12, 2012
- Advocate,"Our positions on proposed amendments 1, 2," November 2, 2012
- Senate Bill 303 status, retrieved May 31, 2012