BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots networks, released the following statement after lawmakers in the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced SB 118, a dangerous permitless carry bill that would allow people to carry loaded handguns in public without a background check or any hands-on safety training, dismantling Louisiana’s culture of responsible gun ownership. The bill advanced after a weekend marked by gun violence across Louisiana, including when six people were reportedly shot and wounded at a 12-year-old’s birthday party in LaPlace on Saturday night. The Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police testified against the bill in committee.
“I can’t imagine the pain that these six families felt after their loved ones were shot and wounded at a 12-year-old’s birthday party. I am angry on their behalf and on behalf of all survivors of gun violence as our lawmakers push reckless gun bills that increase gun violence mere days afterwards,” said Angelle Bradford, a volunteer with the Louisiana chapter of Moms Demand Action. “And I don’t know how our lawmakers can proclaim support for law enforcement when law enforcement explicitly told them to oppose this dangerous bill. All in all, today was a sad day for Louisiana.”
What to know about permitless carry in Louisiana:
- Permitless carry legislation, like HB 16, HB 596, and SB 118, would strip the state of essential permitting and training standards for carrying concealed guns in public. It would allow people to carry loaded handguns in public without a background check or any hands-on safety training, dismantling Louisiana’s culture of responsible gun ownership.
- Permitless would take away a critical tool law enforcement uses to differentiate between responsible gun owners and those who are prohibited from possessing guns or carrying them in public.
- Permitless carry would also allow people with dangerous histories – including extremists and white supremacists with criminal histories – to evade background check requirements and safeguards to responsible gun ownership.
- More information about permitless carry is available here.
What to know about gun violence in Louisiana:
- In Louisiana, on average, 990 people are shot and killed with a gun every year; Louisiana has the fourth highest rate of gun deaths in the U.S. and the second-highest rate of gun homicide.
- Each year, 4,397 people are wounded by guns in Louisiana; Louisiana has the highest rate of gun injuries in the US.
- At an average cost of $1,793 per person each year, Louisiana has the highest per person cost of gun violence in the US.
If you have questions, or to request an interview with a volunteer from Louisiana Moms Demand Action, please don’t hesitate to reach out.