NOLA Murder Rate Remains Steady Despite New Gun Control Laws

Gun shop owner Jeff Binkley displays a Glock 9mm pistol at Sarge's Sidearms on September 29, 2016 in Benson, Arizona.
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NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – Though new gun control measures were designed to curtail murder and gun violence in New Orleans, the murder rate has remained almost unchanged from last year, before the measures were put into place.

Around the same time last year in New Orleans, more than 130 people had been killed in the city. Fast-forward to today, there are now 134 murders in the Crescent City, according to the Times-Picayune.

What is different between this year’s crime rate versus the last is new gun control measures, which widely expand the amount of gun-free zones, regulations, and penalties for gun-owners.

The gun control measures are not backed by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Fraternal Order of Police, with spokesman Donovan Livaccari saying he is not surprised the regulations failed to depress the murder rate.

“I am not surprised that these new gun control measures have had little impact on murders in New Orleans,” Livaccari said to Breitbart Texas. “Law abiding citizens are generally not committing murders.”

Livaccari said the issue is not about guns, but rather the amount of police officers patrolling the city.

“From a police perspective, having more officers would be much more effective than further restricting law abiding gun owners,” Livaccari said. “Beyond that, there are many aspects of our city’s murder rate that do not belong on law enforcement’s plate.”

As Breitbart News previously reported, guns in city-owned buildings, parks or other facilities where New Orleans Recreation Development Commission activities occur are no longer allowed, except for gun-owners with a concealed carry permit.

The gun control measure also included the “existing state prohibition on negligently carrying a concealed handgun to make the law cover all firearms.”

John Binder is a contributor for Breitbart Texas. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.


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