Thursday, June 20, 2013

Jindal signs 6 bills into law to "improve gun safety, strengthen Second Amendment protections"

Posted By on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 4:15 PM

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Today Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his signature on six gun-related bills from this year’s legislative session.

House Bill 8, authored by state Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Bossier City, prohibits the publishing of personal information of concealed handgun permit holders. Mother Jones wrote about the considerable pushback the bill received from the Louisiana press — Advocate executive editor Carl Redman said, "I find it very ironic that the very people who screamed the loudest about attempts to limit their Second Amendment rights are here eager to limit my First Amendment rights." Another of Thompson’s bills, House Bill 98, allows sheriffs to accept concealed handgun permits issued by sheriffs in neighboring parishes.

House Bill 6, from state Rep. John Schroder, R-Covington, allows off-duty officers to carry firearms on school campuses. Senate Bill 135 and House Bill 717 require people denied the right to carry a firearm to be reported to the state Supreme Court, which adds their information to the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System database. Senate Bill 178 from state Sen. Neil Reiser, R-Columbia, allows firearms retailers to offer voter registration forms at the register.

“Today is a great day not just for our state, but for law-abiding gun owners across Louisiana,” Jindal wrote in a June 20 statement. “We’re signing new laws relating to gun ownership and our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

“But we’re not just signing a few bills — we’re also celebrating the Sportsman’s Paradise and American values. In the face of an administration in Washington that wants to take away the rights of law-abiding gun owners, we are standing up for the Second Amendment and the Constitution of the United States here in Louisiana.”

In May, Jindal also signed House Bill 265, which creates a lifetime concealed handgun permit.

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