Gun rights amendment approved

Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana voters have approved a constitutional amendment to strengthen already strong gun possession rights in the state.

The amendment was drawn up to eliminate language in the Louisiana Constitution that would allow passage of laws prohibiting concealed weapons. It also includes a requirement that any gun restriction laws be held to a tough judicial standard.

Opponents said the measure could spell the end to gun prohibitions on college campuses, churches and government buildings, while opening a door for criminals convicted of gun-related crimes to appeal their court cases.

Backers said such fears were overblown and that the amendment was needed to make sure judges don't undermine gun rights.

The issue was 1 of 9 proposed constitutional changes on Tuesday's ballot.

To view how all of the amendments fared statewide, click HERE.

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