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"We have to have a serious conversation."
Louisiana state Rep. Terry Landry Sr. (D) called for more gun control at a press conference Friday after the shooting at a Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater.
A shooter identified by police as 59-year-old John Russel Houser opened fire in a movie theater Thursday night, killing two people and himself.
"It's our job as legislators to close the loopholes in these gun laws," Landry said.
Reports say that the man had been denied a concealed carry permit for having been adjudicated mentally ill... Seems to me that gun control already failed.
originally posted by: beezzer
I'm still trying to figure out what gun law would have prevented this.
By an overwhelming majority – 73 percent of – voters approved a proposition to change the state’s ‘Second Amendment’ provision so that it gives Louisianans the strongest pro-gun law in the country.
Prior to the passage of what was known as ‘Amendment 2,’ the Louisiana Constitution read:
“The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be abridged, but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to prohibit the carrying of weapons concealed on the person.”
It now reads:
“The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms is fundamental and shall not be infringed. Any restriction on this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny.”
There are two distinct changes. First, the clause about regulating or prohibiting concealed carry was removed. And second, the tough judicial standard of “strict scrutiny” was added, which means that if the state government wants to impose any restriction on a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms it has to demonstrate a “compelling government interest,” establish that the restriction is “narrowly defined” and prove that it is the “least restrictive means to achieve that interest” (for more on this click here).
In short, moving forward, it will be very difficult for the Louisiana government to meddle with the rights of law-abiding gun owners.