A New Orleans City Council committee has passed a package of new gun controls aimed at fighting the gun violence ravaging the city.
A key measure in the package requires law-abiding citizens to report a lost or stolen firearm to police “within 48 hours” or face a fine of $250.
According to The New Orleans Advocate, the package of gun controls is “a more narrowly focused version of an ordinance originally proposed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) and several council members in April.” Besides adding the new burden for law-abiding citizens to report lost guns within 48 hours, the package also bans “guns in city-owned buildings, parks or other facilities where New Orleans Recreation Development Commission activities occur.”
A loophole is left in place to allow concealed permit holders to continue carrying in these places. But apart from that, this push represents yet another attempt to use “no guns allowed” signs to deter criminals from acting in a criminal fashion.
A third aspect of the gun control package is an expansion of the “existing state prohibition on negligently carrying a concealed handgun to make the law cover all firearms.” This part of the package “defines ‘negligently’ carrying a firearm as handling it in a manner where it is reasonable to fear it might go off or a crime could be committed with it.”
In Chicago–where gun control is also failing miserably–state representative Sonya Harper (D-6th) proposes placing serial numbers on every bullet and bullet casing as a way to fight gun violence. Maryland tried something similar, only to drop the program after spending $15 million over five years without solving any crimes.
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