Bills preempting federal gun laws stall in Senate
BATON ROUGE - Two far-reaching and controversial House-approved bills that sought to prohibit federal oversight of gun laws in Louisiana have stalled in the Louisiana Senate and won't become law.
Promoted as state's rights measures against an increasingly intrusive federal government, the proposals were easily approved in the House despite criticism that they were unconstitutional.
But the senators have shelved them through procedural moves.
Sponsors of both bills said Tuesday that they consider the measures dead for the session.
One of the bills would have prohibited enforcement of any federal restrictions on semi-automatic weapons, while the other would have allowed gun buyers to circumvent federal gun law if the weapon was manufactured in the state and remained there.
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