EBR goes after gun-toting felons with both barrels
BATON ROUGE - A spike in homicides last year led the federal and East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutor to focus on felons carrying firearms.
Both District Attorney Hillar Moore and U.S. Attorney Donald Cazayoux tell The Advocate that firearms seized for any reason should now be processed as if they're evidence from a murder scene. That includes checking the weapons for DNA.
The two say they meet regularly to decide which court system would be likely to give a heavier prison term to defendants who could be prosecuted in either.
Federal law forbids any felon to carry a gun. State laws make it illegal for some felons to possess firearms.