Posted: Jan 15, 2014 3:01 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jan 15, 2014 3:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - A pair of pre-filed bills in the Louisiana Legislature seek to fix the state's unconstitutional "crimes against nature" law, and require gun sellers to get proof a customer has taken a safety course before selling them a weapon.
Rep. Patricia Smith (D-Baton Rouge) filed HB 12, which would remove the section of the state's "crimes against nature" law that covered sex between two people of the same gender.
The U. S. Supreme Court ruled that provision violated the U. S. Constitution, but a federal appeals court said the law could stay on the books if that section were removed, something which never happened.
In 2013 the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office arrested a number of men under the statute after they agreed to have consensual sex with an undercover male detective. Sheriff Sid Gautreaux issued an apology after organizations protested the law was un-enforceable, and the department covered legal costs for the men arrested while the district attorney's office cleared their records.
Rep. Austin Badon Jr. (D-New Orleans) also pre-filed HB 13, which would require federally-licensed gun dealers to have customers show proof they've taken an approved safety course before making a sale. Those courses could include a concealed carry course, LDWF hunters education course, or training from being in the military or law enforcement.
The bill would make failing to do so a crime punishable by up to $500 in fines for the first offense, and no more than $1,000 for further offenses. People who show faked documents would be fined no more than $1,000, sentenced to six months in jail, or both.