Louisiana AG Suggests Gov. Edwards Betraying Commitment to Second Amendment

Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana speaks during a prayer vigil for Alton Sterling at the Living Faith Christian Center July 7, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Alton Sterling was shot by a police officer in front of the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge on July 5th, leading …
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Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry suggests Governor John Bel Edwards (D) is betraying previous commitments to the Second Amendment.

Landry supported a resolution to block Bank of America and Citibank from doing business with the state of Louisiana after both financial institutions adopted anti-gun policies.

Breitibart News reported that Bank of America announced they will no longer provide financial services for “assault weapon” manufacturers and Citibank announced it will require customers in the gun industry to adhere to certain gun controls in order to do business. The Citibank controls include pledging not to sell “high capacity” magazines, raising the minimum age for long gun purchases to 21 (although federal law is 18), and to go beyond federal requirements on background checks.

Landry views the moves by both financial institutions as part of a larger corporate gun control push that undermines the fundamental rights of Louisiana residents. And he says that last week’s vote to cease doing state business with the banks was derailed in a Bond Commission meeting by Gov. Edwards’ designee Matthew Block.

Landry wrote a letter to Edwards, dated April 26, 2018, reminding the Gov. of his 2012 vote in favor of letting the people of Louisiana declare private gun ownership a “fundamental right” and noted that the vote against immediately cutting ties with Citibank and Bank of America is a complete “about face.”

Landry closed the letter by urging Edwards to “personally attend” the next Bond Commission meeting, rather than send a designee. And he stressed that “fundamental rights deserve our government’s proactive protection, not its passive complicity in their demise.”

As of the publication of this column, Edwards had yet to respond to Landry’s letter.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

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