Lawmaker pushes for required gun class
BATON ROUGE - At least one state lawmaker wants people who purchase guns to show proof that they have attended some sort of safety class before bringing the firearm home.
Rep. Austin Badon of New Orleans pre-filed HB 13.
The courses could include a concealed carry course, LDWF hunters education course, or training from being in the military or law enforcement.
"It's all about safety. We have too many accidents. We have too many guns that are left in unlocked cars. People don't know their liability with guns," Badon said.
Badon admits the bill does not address the issue of criminals illegally obtaining guns, but that is not the point of his bill, he said.
"This is not a bill about well they've got it so I've got to have it," Badon said. "You can still have it. I don't have a problem with that at all. Just have it safely."
"I'd be in favor of it," gun owner Tony Robichaux said. "It's the same as about the 100 safety license that you get before you go hunting. So I think you should have some safety course before you purchase a firearm."
Others see the bill as an infringing on their second amendment rights.
"It's a right afforded to me by the constitution as opposed to a privilege like me driving a car where you have to pass a test to be able to drive on the public streets," gun owner Stan Easley said. "It's my right and there should not be any stipulations to my right."
Those who already own a gun would be grandfathered in with this bill. Private gun sales would not apply to this bill either.
The legislative session starts March 10th.