Over the weekend, the Louisiana restaurant, Chicken Express, stood up for Second Amendment rights in a way that’s gaining popularity with both businesses and consumers around the country: free food and service for concealed carry permit holders.
Chicken Express of Bossier City, just outside of Shreveport, gave away a #1 combo meal on Saturday, April 13 for customers who could produce a legal concealed handgun permit. Restaurant owner Randal Neel stated that it wasn’t just about business, it was about having the opportunity to take a stand for Constitutional rights.
Neel told KLTV 7, “It feels really good to be able to stand up for what you believe in.” Apparently, consumers in the Bossier City area felt that same, as Neel also stated that it was their busiest Saturday ever.
Although some gun control advocates would have people believe that these types of offers are uncommon and do not have support of most citizens, that’s just not true. It’s becoming increasingly common to see these types of stories as businesses make a stand for Second Amendment rights, though they receive little media coverage.
It’s of note that the timing of this deal coincides with new gun-related proposals working their way through the Louisiana Legislature. While the majority of this proposed legislation aims to support gun rights, there are a few bills which would impose further restrictions. Here’s a rundown of some of the most potentially impacting Louisiana bills:
House Bill 45 would allow for circumventing the federal commerce clause, allowing gun dealers and manufacturers to produce and sell within the state lines.
House Bill 5, known as “the Louisiana Preservation of Individual Gun Rights of Citizens Act,” would prohibit the enforcement of federal regulations restricting the ownership or possession of semi-automatic firearms.
House Bill 48 would allow off-duty and retired police officers to carry firearms in both restaurants and bars. This bill was struck down last year in a 7-6 vote in committee.
House Bill 6 would allow off-duty law enforcement officials to carry firearms on school campuses.
House Bill 8 aims to protect personal information of concealed carry permit holders in the state.
House Bill 21 would require information about mentally ill residents to be shared with the state public safety authority and the FBI.
House Bill 4, supported by Rep. Barbara Norton (D – Shreveport), aims to make it illegal to keep a firearm unlocked.
There are currently more than a dozen bills being considered in the LA Legislature. If Louisiana politicians are smart, they’ll take examples like Chicken Express’s give-away as an indication on how they should vote if they want to keep their jobs.