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1 Killed and 11 Wounded in a Mass Shooting Outside a Nightclub in the Warehouse District in New Orleans; Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action Respond 

April 15, 2024

NEW ORLEANS, La. — The Louisiana chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots network, released the following statements in response to a mass shooting in New Orleans on Sunday night. Reports show an event called Church on Sundaze was taking place inside a club when shots rang out. Those injured included six women and five men, according to police. Just one month ago, Louisiana lawmakers passed permitless carry despite objections from constituents and law enforcement. 

“There’s absolutely no reason why a night out should devolve into gun violence. We’re seeing the gun lobby’s ‘guns everywhere’ agenda play out in real-time on Louisiana streets, and we will continue to hold lawmakers accountable for the role they’ve played in enabling this violence,” said Angelle Bradford, a volunteer with the Louisiana chapter of Moms Demand Action and New Orleans resident. “Our leaders have only loosened our gun laws, creating a world where anyone armed with deadly weapons, can shoot Louisianans without a thought. We cannot bear the burdens of their inactions any longer.” 

In March, Governor Jeff Landry signed legislation to allow permitless carry, which repeals Louisiana’s foundational gun safety policy that requires Louisianans to receive training and obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm in public. The bill was passed by both chambers during Louisiana’s special legislative session and will go into effect on July 4. This Wednesday, lawmakers will further attempt to expand the guns everywhere agenda by considering a bill to arm teachers across the state, alongside Tennessee and Iowa. 

Louisiana has the 2nd-highest rate of gun deaths in the US. In an average year, 1,125 people die and 2,936 are wounded by guns in Louisiana. Guns are the leading cause of death among children and teens in Louisiana. In Louisiana, an average of 138 children and teens die by guns every year, of which 18% of these deaths are suicides and 76% are homicides. More information about gun violence in Louisiana is available here.

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