Jindal calls for more mental illness gun laws after shooting
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal said Sunday more states should have laws which would stop people with a history of mental illness from purchasing guns.
The governor made the comments on a national Sunday morning talk show in the wake of a deadly movie theater shooting in Lafayette this week.
Investigators said 59-year-old John Houser shot and killed two people and injured nine more at the Grand Theatre Thursday night. Court records showed in 2008 he was involuntarily committed to a Georgia hospital after making threats and erratic comments to his family.
Police said Houser bought the gun he used in the theater shooting legally at an Alabama pawn shop in 2014. On Sunday, Jindal said Louisiana's laws would have prevented him from buying that gun here.
"Every state should strengthen their laws," Jindal said. "Every state should make sure this information is being reported in the background system. We need to make sure that background system is working."
The governor said investigators may not find out why Houser chose to shoot people at the Lafayette theater, but investigators found he may have gone to other theaters around south Louisiana.
"We may never know exactly why he chose Lafayette, why he chose Thursday night. We know this theater had security on Friday and Saturday nights," Jindal said.