Today, August 1, 2016, House Bill 1155 goes into effect in The Pelican State.
Sponsored by state Representative Valarie Hodges (R-Denham Springs), HB 1155 provides expedited, temporary concealed carry permits for domestic violence victims who have obtained permanent protective orders against their abusers. Following a background check, the Louisiana State Police will issue carry permits that are valid for 45 days. Prior to the expiration of the 45-day temporary permit, the temporary permittee must satisfy the regular concealed carry training requirements to become eligible for a standard five-year carry permit.
HB 1155 recognizes that the most time-consuming part of the permit application process can be identifying a firearms instructor, scheduling a class and completing the requisite coursework — time that victims of domestic violence often don’t have.