The proposed amendment is historical because it will be the first time a state will recognize the right to keep and bear arms as fundamental and provide the highest legal protections -- strict scrutiny. Strict scrutiny requires state courts to respect the fundamental right to keep and bear arms when reviewing any statute.
The current right to keep and bear arms amendment in the state constitution has been rendered meaningless by the Louisiana courts because they assigned it the lowest level of judicial review (rational basis) -- virtually any future gun control legislation would be deemed constitutional under this level of review. The proposed amendment requires the highest level (strict scrutiny) -- if passed, it would be the first time Louisiana protects the right to keep and bear arms on the same level as your right to free speech and right to vote.
Additionally, the proposed amendment removes the legislature's constitutional authority to ban concealed carry. The removal of this provision will protect law-abiding Louisianan's right to carry.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
1.) NRA 'YES on 2' page: www.nraila.org/yeson2
2.) NRA's fact sheet on 'YES on 2:' http://www.nraila.org/media/9914064/yeson2flyer.pdf
3.) NRA 'YES on 2' facebook page: www.facebook.com/voteyeson2
4.) NRA's Executive Director of the Institute for Legislative Action Op-Ed on the importance of 'YES on 2':
A historic opportunity for Louisiana voters to protect their gun rights:http://www.nraila.org/news-issues/articles/2012/november-6-a-historic-opportunity-for-louisiana-voters-to-protect-their-gun-rights.aspx
5.) Stephen Halbrook, leading Second Amendment Scholar and litigator:
Right to Keep and Bear Arms Needs More Protection:http://www.nola.com/opinions/index.ssf/2012/10/right_to_bear_arms_needs_more.html
6.) Dave Kopel, Second Amendment Scholar:
Louisiana amendment to strengthen right to keep and bear arms, on November ballothttp://www.volokh.com/2012/10/03/louisiana-amendment-to-strengthen-right-to-arms-on-november-ballot/