In a shameful betrayal of gun owners, five legislators in the Pelican State — who previously voted for Constitutional Carry — switched their votes and killed any chance of overriding the Governor’s veto this year. The four Republicans who backstabbed gun owners are Louie Bernard, Patrick Connick, Franklin Foil, and Ronnie Johns. The lone Democrat was Gary Smith.
Gun Owners of America (GOA) reacted, stating, “Their betrayal of gun owners speaks VOLUMES, as they only voted ‘pro-gun’ earlier in the session when their votes didn’t matter. Gun owners will remember this backstab at the ballot box.”
Joshua Barnhill, Louisiana Director for GOA, responded:
Today, five Senators put politics and self-interest ahead of the rights of all Louisianans, by changing their votes on Constitutional Carry and allowing the Governor’s veto to stand!
While this is not the outcome GOA and its members fought for, or that the people of Louisiana deserve, one silver lining is that it has shed light on who in the Senate actually supports Constitutional Carry and who was simply trying to score political points thinking there would be no veto session!
Louisianans deserve the ability to defend themselves without government intrusion or permission. As such, GOA will continue to fight for Constitutional Carry until it is the law in Louisiana.