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gave final passage Tuesday to a proposal to let state residents carry a concealed firearm without a permit or training.

Senate Bill 118 by Sen. Jay Morris, a West Monroe Republican, now heads to Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat who generally favors gun rights but is expected to veto the bill.

SB 118 would apply to adults who are at least age 21 and have not been convicted of a felony or violent crime. Morris’ bill retains the prohibition against carrying a concealed gun while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Concealed carriers still would be required to disclose they have a weapon and submit to a search when asked by law enforcement, which would have the right to disarm the carriers.

Supporters of the change argue law-abiding citizens have a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons without the government’s permission unless there is a compelling reason to stop them from doing so. Opponents argue requiring training and a permit to carry a concealed firearm is an appropriate safeguard for the public and for law enforcement that falls under the Second Amendment’s call for a “well regulated Militia.”

Senators voted 27-9 to concur with the House amendments, which included a requirement for state police to offer a voluntary 60-minute online concealed handgun education course.

House Bill 596, which has the same goal, has passed the House and a Senate committee advanced it Tuesday.

In other legislative action Tuesday:

• Senators concurred with the House’s amendments and gave final passage to Senate Bill 36, which calls for eliminating time limits for a business to carry forward operating loss deductions. For claims on any return filed on or after Jan. 1, 2022, for net operating losses relating to loss years on or after Jan.1, 2001, the loss may be carried to each taxable year following the loss year until the loss is fully recovered.

• The House voted 80-11 for Senate Bill 31, which calls for creating an income tax break for “digital nomads,” remote workers who can work from anywhere, who move to Louisiana.

The program is capped at 1,000 people who establish residency in the state after Dec. 31 of this year. The exemption could apply to up to $150,000 in income and over the next four years.

The amended bill heads back to the Senate.

• The Senate agreed to the amendment the House made to Senate Bill 34, which deals with how law enforcement handles the public.

Agencies that use body cameras would be required to create official policies about when cameras are required to be on. Dash cameras would be required to be used when a vehicle’s emergency lights are on.

Choke holds would be banned except “when the officer reasonably believes he or another person is at risk of great bodily harm or when deadly force is authorized.” No-knock warrants also would be banned except under certain circumstances, such as when “the surprise of a no-knock entry is necessary to protect life and limb of the law enforcement officers and the occupants.”

• The House concurred with the Senate’s version of House Bill 129, which would require law enforcement agencies to receive Council on Peace Officer Standards and Training certification before investigating an officer-involved shooting that results in death or bodily harm.

The POST council also would be required to create policies and procedures for suspending or revoking POST certification for officers guilty of misconduct, and to create instruction for law enforcement personnel about their duty to intervene when they witness misconduct by other officers. Any governmental entity that employs a peace officer would be required to implement anti-bias training.

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San Francisco to Fight Rising Gun Crime by Paying People Not to Shoot Each Other

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San Francisco will roll out a pilot program in October that will pay “high risk” individuals not to shoot one another, Fox News reported.

The program, which is sponsored by the Dream Keeper Fellowship, will pay 10 people “who are at high risk of being on either end of a shooting” $300 per month to forego the violent crime. Notably, the Dream Keeper Initiative is part of San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s (D) plan to divert $120 million from the city’s law enforcement budget to projects aimed at helping the city’s black minority.

“These small investments can transform the lives of individuals, but they can also transform communities,” Sheryl Davis, executive director of the Human Rights Commission, told Newsweek.

In August, Mayor Breed said she believes the program will cut down on violent crime in the city, which has skyrocketed this year.

 

According to Fox News, there have been 119 recorded gun crime victims in the first six months of 2021, “which is double the number during the same timeframe in 2020.” In 2020, homicides rose 35 percent.

Richmond, California, reportedly instituted a similar program, which the media called “cash for criminals.”  A 2019 study concluded that the program helped reduce gun homicides in the city by 55 percent, the report states.

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Critics of the program have pointed out that similar initiatives haven’t been very successful, with the Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso saying in a Wednesday op-ed, “It was also tried in Sacramento, where its promoters boast that ‘only’ 44 percent  of participants were subsequently arrested on new charges — well, as long as you don’t count about one-third of the participants who dropped out or were arrested in its first six months.

California also recently decided to throw money at its drug problem by paying people to stay sober, something Gov. Gavin Newsom called “contingency management.” He asked the federal government for permission to use tax dollars to pay for it through Medicaid.

While research shows payment is effective in keeping people sober during the program, the effect doesn’t last long past six months after treatment concludes.

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Federal appeals court rules ban on handgun sales to those under 21 unconstitutional

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AU.S. Court of Appeals has ruled the federal law barring handgun purchases from adults under age 21 is unconstitutional and violates the Second Amendment. 

A divided three-judge panel made the ruling Tuesday in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in Richmond, Va. 

“Despite the weighty interest in reducing crime and violence, we refuse to relegate either the Second Amendment or 18-to-20-year-olds to a second-class status,” Judge Julius N. Richardson, a Trump appointee, wrote in the majority opinion. 

According to The Washington Post, age restrictions put in place in 1968 limited firearms dealers from selling handguns to anyone under 21, despite them being allowed to buy other guns. However, Tuesday’s decision is likely to be appealed to a full court.

“Looking through this historical lens to the text and structure of the Constitution reveals that 18- to 20-year-olds have Second Amendment rights,” Richardson wrote. “Virtually every other constitutional right applies whatever the age. And the Second Amendment is no different.”

Obama appointed Judge James A. Wynn Jr. wrote in a dissenting opinion that the panel granted the gun lobby “a victory in a fight it lost on Capitol Hill more than 50 years ago,” and said the ruling was not “consistent with the proper role of the federal judiciary in our democratic system.”

The majority opinion also added that “the rights of more than 99% of a group cannot be restricted because a fraction of 1% commit a disproportionate amount of violent crime.”

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Biden STUNS, Warns Gun Owners They Could Never Take on Government

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WHITE HOUSE – U.S. President Joe Biden vowed Wednesday to reduce gun violence as he warned the nation about a dangerous summer spike in killings.

“We’re taking on the bad actors doing bad and dangerous things in our communities and to our country,” he said in a White House speech outlining a comprehensive government program. 

Biden vowed “zero tolerance” for rogue gun dealers and those who traffic weapons from city to city.

“We’ll make sure you can’t sell death and mayhem on our streets,” he said.

The Biden administration will permit $350 billion in federal stimulus money to fund police departments in areas with rising violent crime rates.

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