Gov. Bobby Jindal last week signed into law two of several gun bills to come out of this year's legislative session. House Bill 718, by state Rep. Bob Hensgens, R-Abbeville, requires schools to coordinate campus safety procedures with local law enforcement and calls for live-shooter drills at the beginning of the school year. Another bill, House Bill 268, now headed to the Senate floor, calls for even more shooter drills each school year and armed guards on campuses.
House Bill 265 from state Rep. Barry Ivey, R-Baton Rouge, was signed by the governor May 30. That bill creates lifetime concealed-carry permits.
House Bill 8 by State Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Bossier City, generated as much media attention — and concern — as any gun bill. The measure would penalize the release (including printing or broadcasting) of concealed handgun permit information. The penalty specified in the bill is up to $10,000 in fines and/or up to six months in prison. The bill has faced considerable criticism from local and national media. Late last week it was sent to a conference committee when the House rejected Senate amendments. — ALEX WOODWARD