Amendment No. 2, approved by 75 percent of the voters, requires strict scrutiny of any proposed restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms.
It requires courts, if asked, to determine whether gun laws demonstrate a compelling governmental interest and are narrowly defined. If not, they are deemed unconstitutional.
Opponents claimed the standard would make it more difficult to regulate guns for the well-being of all.
Greater difficulty in regulating guns is what the majority of voters apparently favor.
The amendment got the most pre-election attention of nine on the ballot. All but one of the proposals passed.
Failing was No. 6, which pertained to a New Iberia property tax exemption and had to pass both in that city and statewide.
The others passing:
No. 1, protecting the Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly from being raided to balance the state budget.
No. 3, providing for additional and earlier notice of legislation proposing changes to laws governing state pension systems.
No. 4, property tax exemption for certain spouses of veterans.
No. 5, forfeiture of retirement benefits of a public employee convicted of crimes related to their government jobs.
No. 7, changes the makeup of six major state boards whose appointments have been made based on membership from congressional districts.
No. 8, tax break for non-manufacturing businesses.
No. 9, requires more notice and details in advance of proposed legislation creating new crime prevention districts.