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As Louisiana Gun Violence Continues Amid Coronavirus, Lawmakers Consider Bill That Would Prevent Cities from Enacting Gun Safety Measures

The Louisiana chapter of Moms Demand Action, part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots networks, released the following statement in response to gun violence across the state over the weekend, including a shooting on Saturday that wounded at least 13 people at a memorial service in Bogalusa: 

“This is another sad reminder of the continued toll that gun violence takes on our communities, even in the middle of a pandemic,” said Angelle Bradford, a volunteer with Louisiana Moms Demand Action. “And instead of doing anything about it, our lawmakers are considering legislation that would make the situation even worse by preventing cities from stepping up to combat gun violence in the state’s absence.” 

HB 140, advanced by the Louisiana House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice last week, would eliminate the authority of local governments to prohibit guns in certain businesses and public buildings – including businesses that serve alcohol, courthouses, and buildings where children play. Volunteers with the Louisiana chapter of Moms Demand Action submitted testimony against the bill, and the Louisiana Municipal Association is strongly opposed to the bill.

More information on gun violence in Louisiana is available here