On Wednesday, as gun violence victims’ families were up in arms over the Senate filibuster of key gun legislation, a Louisiana House committee approved eight bills that would relax the state’s already-permissive gun violence prevention laws, including one that would criminalize enforcement of federal law.
One bill that cleared the House Criminal Justice Committee would make enforcement of any federal restriction on ownership of semi-automatic weapons punishable by up to two years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine. Another claims to exempt intrastate gun manufacturers from federal regulation by issuing in-state licenses. Both of these laws, versions of which have been introduced in several states, would be clearly unconstitutional as a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s supremacy clause.
Other proposals approved Wednesday would make it a felony to intentionally disseminate concealed carry permit information, allow off-duty law enforcers to carry firearms into school campuses and restaurants that serve alcohol, permit lifetime concealed carry permits, and allow sheriffs to recognize concealed carry permits from neighboring jurisdictions.
In November, Louisiana voters passed a ballot initiative that created constitutional gun rights that are arguably stricter than the Second Amendment. A court has already relied on this constitutional amendment to strike down a ban on gun possession by violent felons.