The highest court in Louisiana Tuesday stood by a state law that bars convicted felons from firearm possession in a challenge based on gun rights.
At question was the wording of 2012 amendment to the state constitution regarding the right of each citizen to keep and bear arms and how it was interpreted as applying to felons.
The ambiguity of the law led three felons who were later charged with weapons violations to appeal their cases under the new amendment, forcing the justices to clarify split rulings from lower courts.
“We find no merit in the as applied challenges asserted by these defendants,” wrote Louisiana Supreme Court Associate Justice Jefferson Hughes III in a unanimous 17-page ruling from the court. “Our law proscribing the possession of firearms by convicted felons is not affected by the amendment and withstands a strict scrutiny analysis.”