October 6, 2014 12:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - A Defense Department giveaway program that equips local police with surplus military weapons also supplies guns to government agencies with limited law-enforcement powers and a questionable need for high-powered firearms. An Arkansas coroner got a rifle, a handgun and a Humvee. Military-grade weapons also have gone to... more »
September 9, 2014 4:09 PM
BRUSLY - An audit found that 20 guns went missing from the Brusly Police Department while former Chief of Police Jamie Whaley ran the department.
In a four year span handguns, shotguns and assault rifles vanished from the department. Brusly Mayor Joey Normand says the town is doing everything... more »
September 4, 2014 4:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - Guns, ammunition and other hunting supplies will be exempt from state and local sales taxes Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7. "If you're ready to go gun shopping," Bryce Moreland said, as he shopped for ammunition. "Now's the time to do it." This is one of... more »
September 1, 2014 7:43 AM
BATON ROUGE - Guns, ammunition and other hunting supplies are exempt from state and local sales taxes this weekend. The 2014 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday runs Friday through Sunday and applies to individual consumer purchases of hunting gear, including firearms, ammunition, archery supplies, hunting apparel and off-road... more »
August 25, 2014 12:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana hunters will have a chance to outfit themselves for the coming season with a weekend of state and local sales tax exemptions during the annual 2014 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday.
Today through Sunday, individual consumer purchases of guns, ammunition and other hunting... more »
August 23, 2014 8:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's office says 74 firearms were turned in at Saturday's "Gas for Guns" exchange. That includes 53 handguns, 12 rifles, and 9 shot guns.
It's part of the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination's mission to make the streets of Baton Rouge safer.... more »
August 6, 2014 6:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - A father in Baton Rouge who police said shot an intruder in his daughter's home said if he found himself in the same situation, he'd do the same thing all over again.
"It had to be me or him. So, it had to be him instead... more »
July 8, 2014 10:22 AM
BATON ROUGE - A new state audit finds a dozen guns and more than three dozen bulletproof vests belonging to state's Department of Public Safety and Corrections went missing over the past few years and haven't been found. The Advocate reports the audit exposing the missing corrections gear prompted the... more »
July 2, 2014 8:01 PM
Minneapolis, Minnesota- Target asked customers to leave their guns at home.
In an online message on Wednesday, the interim-CEO said guns in stores create "an Environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create."
But, John Mulligan says Target will abide... more »
June 13, 2014 1:56 PM
PATTERSON - Detectives reported finding guns, drugs, and cash after a raid on a St. Mary Parish home earlier this week.
Sheriff's deputies arrested 32-year-old Jonathan Henry, 28-year-old Ashley Marie Dowdy, and 38-year-old Benjamin Joseph Henry after the raid Thursday.
Members of the Narcotics Division at St. Mary... more »
June 5, 2014 9:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - Thursday night, police released security video of two men who robbed a fast food restaurant near downtown earlier this week.
Police said the two men, who have not been identified, held McDonald's employees at gunpoint in a quick robbery where one ran around the counter and... more »
May 27, 2014 5:05 PM
BATON ROUGE - A measure that would allow legislators to carry concealed weapons in public buildings, except the Louisiana Capitol, is nearing final passage after getting approval from the House. The House voted 79-12 Tuesday to back the bill by Franklin Sen. Bret Allain, a Republican. Under the bill, lawmakers... more »
May 5, 2014 8:47 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court has turned away another case over whether Americans have a constitutional right to be armed in public. The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling upholding a New Jersey requirement for gun owners to show an urgent need to carry a handgun... more »
April 23, 2014 12:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - Five arrests were made with drugs, guns, and money seized in an investigation by the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office into the sale of synthetic marijuana.
Narcotics detectives along with SWAT, K-9, and Baton Rouge Police SWAT executed three search warrants early Wednesday morning. Detectives seized... more »
April 19, 2014 11:15 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's three-month legislative session has reached its halfway point with few issues settled. Lawmakers have taken a long Easter break before getting into the most intense work of the session that must end June 2. Efforts to raise Louisiana's minimum wage and let school teachers carry guns... more »
April 16, 2014 12:24 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Weapons will become raw materials for artists in a project getting underway in New Orleans. City officials and civic leaders were set to gather Wednesday at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in the city's Warehouse District to announce the project that is being called "Guns in the Hands... more »
April 2, 2014 2:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - A bill allowing concealed handgun permit holders and off-duty police officers to come armed to restaurants serving alcohol has the backing of the House Criminal Justice Committee. The committee voted 9-4 to advance the bill Wednesday. Metairie Rep. Joe Lopinto says he sponsored the measure to clear... more »
February 7, 2014 2:13 PM
BATON ROUGE- A number of law enforcement agencies are taking the next step to get rid of group-related violence in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, along with the Baton Rouge Police Department, State Police and the East Baton Rouge District Office executed a number... more »
January 14, 2014 7:17 PM
WASHINGTON- The number of guns confiscated by TSA agents at airport checkpoints is on the rise.
Last year, 1,828 guns were found compared to 1,123 in 2010.
The most were confiscated at Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International followed by Dallas-Fort Worth.
The policy is that guns,ammunition and gun... more »
January 11, 2014 2:22 PM
SLIDELL - Slidell police say three teens were arrested for bringing a gun to a high school basketball game.
18-year-old Steven Warren, 19-year-old Rico Bedford, and 18-year-old Terrence Bedford were all arrested for being in possesion of .38 caliber handgun. They are charged with carrying a firearm on school... more »
December 31, 2013 2:50 PM
NEW ORLEANS- Police are searching for three suspects in the theft of about 20 handguns from a pawn shop in the city's Gentilly neighborhood. Investigators say the men broke into the shop about 4 a.m. on Tuesday. Surveillance video shows the men breaking into the shop on Gentilly Boulevard and... more »
December 13, 2013 5:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - The 3rd annual Gas for Guns, a drive to get unsecured guns off the streets, is scheduled for Saturday in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The program is a chance for people to turn in their unwanted guns with no questions asked. The goal is to keep... more »
November 8, 2013 10:28 PM
KENTWOOD- Hunting guns are among the items stolen from fishing and hunting camps in northern Tangipahoa Parish.
The sheriff's office said Friday, several weekend retreats have been burglarized along Highway 51 near the Mississippi state line. Sometimes, the thieves have broken in with force.
A spokesperson said pellet... more »
October 17, 2013 8:52 AM
BATON ROUGE - Three people accused of stealing items from the 19th Judicial Clerk of Court's Office will appear before a judge Thursday for arraignment.
One of the defendants, William Colvin, is the son of State District Judge Kay Bates.
He's accused, along with his girlfriend Debra Bell,... more »
September 5, 2013 3:10 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Today hunters were hitting hunting gear stores to scout what to buy this weekend when they'll save around 9 percent on state and local sales taxes.
It's part of the state's Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday. The holiday runs Friday through Sunday. Business expect to be... more »
September 5, 2013 10:33 AM
BATON ROUGE - Retailers are gearing up for Louisiana's annual Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday, which starts this weekend.
Consumers will not have to pay state sales tax on guns, ammunition, or hunting supplies purchased Friday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 8.
For a complete list of what... more »
September 4, 2013 4:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell signed on with 21 other state attorneys general to an NRA petition asking the Supreme Court to overturn a ban against handgun sales to people younger than 21.
The petition to overturn the ban was filed in August and notes a... more »
September 1, 2013 4:15 PM
BELLE RIVER - Sorrento Police Chief Earl Theriot says he was grazed by a bullet this week while getting his Belle River camp ready for the Labor Day weekend.
"I was just like this getting stuff out of my truck, and I heard the shot and I turned and... more »
August 21, 2013 8:16 AM
KENTWOOD - Authorities have recovered two guns stolen last week from a Hammond Police Department vehicle.
Tangipahoa sheriff's deputies say the vehicle, a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe, was burglarized on La. 1054 in Kentwood sometime between 10 p.m. Thursday and 6:30 a.m. Friday.
The thieves took two firearms from... more »
August 16, 2013 4:56 PM
KENTWOOD - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office says two guns were stolen from a Hammond Police Department vehicle. The police unit, a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe, was burglarized on La. 1054 in Kentwood. Dawn Panepinto, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, says the thieves took the weapons from the vehicle sometime... more »
August 9, 2013 6:44 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputies made six arrests and netted thousands of dollars worth of drugs during three separate incidents across the parish.
On Monday in French Settlement, deputies responded to a domestic disturbance on Mitchell Road, where they found Keith Whetstine, 51, and a battered Amber Smith,... more »
August 8, 2013 1:51 PM
BAKER - Police arrested an East Baton Rouge man after they said they found a stash of drugs and guns in the same room as his 10-month-old daughter.
Baker Police Chief Mike Knapps said officers arrested Brenton Johnson Jr., 22, after a joint narcotics investigation with the East Baton... more »
August 1, 2013 1:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police seized guns, drugs, and cash during a narcotics investigation around Baton Rouge recently.
Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said officers arrested four people on July 30: 31-year-old Ricardo Phillips, 29-year-old Randy Phillips, 28-year-old Kenneth Sterling, and 52-year-old Jonathan Shaffer, all of whom were charged with drug possession... more »
July 12, 2013 9:46 AM
AMITE - Deputies say two Tangipahoa Parish men were arrested on 67 counts each of burglary and four counts of possession of stolen firearms following a string of thefts at the Robert Mini Storage Lot. Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto says more than 60 units at the storage facility were... more »
June 4, 2013 7:39 PM
STUART, FLORIDA- Five students at a private Christian high school in Martin County, Florida are accused of selling stolen guns on campus. The kids are from Community Christian Academy and range in age from 15 to 17. School administrators got a tip about the sales to other students and called... more »
June 1, 2013 5:56 PM
BATON ROUGE- Kids are learning an important lesson: that guns and games don't mix.
Today the Department of Justice launched their summer campaign to teach children about gun safety.
At Howell Park agents demonstrated how dangerous playing with a gun can be and educated parents about opening a... more »
May 7, 2013 5:55 PM
BATON ROUGE- A law that would add penalties to anyone who publishes or releases the names of people with concealed carry gun permits got some backing at the Capitol today.
The Senate Judicary Committee C voted favorably on HB 8 by Rep. Jeff Thompson (R) of Bossier City.
... more »
May 4, 2013 10:41 AM
HOUSTON - The incoming leader of the National Rifle Association has a penchant for bold statements that are sure to inflame an already explosive national debate over gun control. James Porter assumes the presidency on Monday after the group's national convention wraps up in Houston. The Alabama attorney is currently... more »
May 2, 2013 5:41 PM
BATON ROUGE- A bill making headway in the legislature could allow people to bring weapons into restaurants.
The proposed law, authored by Rep. Henry Burns (R-Haughton), has already been approved by the House and is pending a Senate Judiciary hearing.
Burns told News 2, the law was originally... more »
April 11, 2013 4:16 PM
BAKER - Police said they broke the back of a large drug operation Thursday.
Three people were arrested and about 100 pounds of marijuana was seized along with other drugs and guns.
Chief Mike Knaps said narcotics officers arrested Lawrence LeBlanc, Stefanie Davis, and Elzy Hollis on several... more »
April 2, 2013 5:39 PM
DUTCHTOWN - More Ascension Parish deputies will patrol schools in the district soon.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office has extra deputies shadowing current school resource officers as they patrol school buildings, part of a program that will boost the number of deputies watching over students to 16.
"Now... more »
March 19, 2013 12:52 PM
WASHINGTON - The Senate's top Democrat says he wants to bring a gun bill to the Senate with enough support to overcome any Republican efforts to block debate. And Harry Reid says that meant leaving out a proposed assault weapons ban. Reid says even using "the most optimistic numbers," there... more »
February 22, 2013 11:56 AM
BAKER - Police arrested one person and seized guns and drugs during an early-morning search today in Baker.
Police Chief Mike Knaps said investigators arrested Calvin Stewman at a residence on Greenwood Lane in suspicion of marijuana possession and having drugs and guns.
Knaps said agents served a... more »
February 20, 2013 7:41 AM
BATON ROUGE - A state lawmaker is seeking ideas from educators and parents about ways to improve school safety. Covington Rep. John Schroder leads the House homeland security committee.
He's asking people to send their comments to email@example.com. Schroder's committee held a hearing to get suggestions from state education... more »
February 7, 2013 2:50 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is promoting his second-term agenda to House Democrats, eager to keep them unified as a bulwark against a Republican majority on issues ranging from the economy to immigration to guns. Obama is meeting with Democratic lawmakers Thursday during their retreat in Lansdowne, Va., one day... more »
January 28, 2013 3:55 PM
WASHINGTON - The FBI says the week following the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting massacre saw the greatest number of background checks for firearms sales and permits to carry guns conducted within a one-week period since 1998. The FBI says the second highest week was when President Barack Obama announced sweeping plans... more »
January 17, 2013 5:51 PM
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana Legislators are trying to figure out the best ways to keep children safe in school, following last months massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary that left 20 children dead.
The Homeland Security Committee met for hours at the Capitol to discuss ways to improve security and look... more »
January 17, 2013 6:42 AM
VICENZA, Italy - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says he doesn't understand why anyone outside the military needs assault weapons or armor-piercing bullets.
During a visit with U.S. troops in northern Italy on Thursday, Panetta defended President Barack Obama's sweeping gun control package.
A soldier asked Panetta what steps... more »
January 16, 2013 6:15 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- After President Obama proposed sweeping changes to gun laws dozens of people flooded BJ Pawn to purchase weapons and accessories they think could be outlawed.
Carl Tanner was buying one of the hottest items, high capacity ammunition clips.
"I'm picking up some mags for my guns,... more »
January 11, 2013 4:41 PM
WALKER - Deputies arrested several people recently in connection with the theft of guns and other items from two law enforcement units in Walker.
Spokesperson Lori Steele with the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office said on Jan. 7 investigators arrested Joseph Baldwin, 26, after finding his DNA at the crime... more »
January 9, 2013 9:11 AM
BATON ROUGE- The top four guns for personal protection was the topic at the Ronald Reagan Newsmaker luncheon.
Former Baton Rouge Police Chief Greg Phares and coroner Beau Clark took part in the discussion.
East Baton Rouge Parish Republican Party Chairman Woody Jenkins says the meeting was a... more »
January 4, 2013 1:15 PM
LIVINGSTON - A burglar broke into a Livingston Parish Sheriff's car, stealing weapons and other items.
The sheriff's office says it happened in the early hours of January 2, 2013.
Investigators say detectives are still conducting an inventory of the stolen items.
Anyone with information on this... more »
January 2, 2013 10:44 AM
PRAIRIEVILLE - A Prairieville man sought in connection with the theft of $30,000 in jewelry and guns from an Ascension Parish home has been arrested and returned to the parish from Georgia. According to the sheriff's office, 32-year-old Shane Medine surrendered to authorities in Gwinnett County, Ga., and arrived at... more »
December 28, 2012 2:15 PM
WEBSTER, N.Y.- Police say a 24-year-old woman has been charged in connection with the ambush slaying of two volunteer firefighters responding to a house fire in upstate New York. New York State Police Senior Investigator James Newell says Dawn Nguyen, of Rochester, faces a state charge of filing a falsified... more »
December 23, 2012 10:27 AM
WASHINGTON - National Rifle Association executive Wayne LaPierre says the American people think it would be "crazy" not to put armed guards in every school, as the group has suggested in the wake of the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. LaPierre also contends that any new efforts... more »
December 16, 2012 9:44 AM
BATON ROUGE- Jim's Firearms in Baton Rouge was packed Saturday. The popular gunshop even ran out of of parking spaces.
"There's just a wide variety of people that come in here and here different things or read it on the internet. Kinda come in half cocked and don't know... more »
December 13, 2012 9:36 PM
BATON ROUGE- Two people have been arrested, accused of a string of armed robberies- including one where people were shot.
Khristian George and Diondre Handy, both 19-years-old, were picked-up by Baton Rouge Police. The pair face charges for several robberies in the Tigerland area.
"In most of the... more »
October 11, 2012 3:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - The nonpartisan Council for A Better Louisiana is opposing a constitutional amendment that would set a tougher standard for restricting the use of weapons and remove a provision that gives the Legislature explicit authority to limit concealed handguns. CABL announced its opposition to the amendment Thursday. Nine... more »
September 27, 2012 10:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board will add school violence to their strategic plan.
This comes after a Glen Oaks High School Student pulled a gun on another student during school.
A task force formed last year will revisit the idea of metal detectors... more »
September 26, 2012 4:42 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - An eastern Kentucky man has been detained by federal authorities after allegedly running through a roadblock while carrying multiple firearms during President Barack Obama's visit to the Cincinnati region this month. A federal criminal complaint unsealed in Covington on Wednesday says Kerry T. Prater of West Liberty... more »
May 10, 2012 3:49 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A brief police chase ended with the arrest of three New Orleans men and the seizure of five guns. Neighbors called police around 7 p.m. Wednesday to report gunfire and that the men shooting the guns fled into a white car with Mississippi plates. During the subsequent... more »
April 6, 2012 10:22 AM
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish students could be subjected to random, school-wide searches for guns if some school administrators have their way.
At a meeting Thursday, EBR School officials discussed regular sweeps where all students would be searched for guns and other weapons at randomly selected schools.... more »
March 26, 2012 4:06 PM
BATON ROUGE- Another video featuring the street life in Baton Rouge surfaced on the internet over the weekend. It claims to portray life in "Gardere."
"This is a Glock," a man in the video said. "I got 30 in this (expletive). I ain't playing."
The video shows several... more »
February 27, 2012 1:57 PM
BATON ROUGE - News2's Chris Nakamoto spoke to Juvenile Court Judge Kathleen Richey about the growing problem of students bringing firearms into the classroom and how she presides over the cases.
Watch the full story tonight at 10 p.m. more »
February 22, 2012 6:02 PM
GONZALES - A gun shop owner in Ascension Parish says a recent double murder is on the minds of most of his customers.
Irwin Marchand and stepson Doug Dooley were killed inside a home on Babin Road over the weekend. Irwin's wife, Shirley, survived the attack but she remains... more »
January 13, 2012 6:14 PM
BATON ROUGE - Narcotics investigators seized drugs and guns from a man and a woman today after a months-long undercover investigation in Baton Rouge.
Cpl. L'Jean McKneely said officers arrested Joseph Do and Sang Vu after raiding the Friendly Food Mart on Florida Boulevard today.
He said officers... more »
November 19, 2011 5:05 PM
BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of people turned in their unwanted guns for gas coupons during the second "Gas for Guns" exchange in East Baton Rouge Parish.
People anonymously dropped off weapons at two churches in the city-parish between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and received a gas card worth... more »
November 18, 2011 11:48 AM
BATON ROUGE - The second "Gas for Guns" exchange in East Baton Rouge Parish is scheduled to begin Saturday morning. People can anonymously drop off weapons at two churches in the city-parish between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and receive a gas card worth between $50 and $300 depending on... more »
November 17, 2011 12:42 PM
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore spoke with John Pastorek Thursday morning about the governor's child protection order, the Gas for Guns program, and how communities can resolve conflicts peacefully. more »
November 2, 2011 6:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - After a successful campaign in 2010 resulting in 260 guns including 12 assault rifles taken off the streets, city leaders are offering gas cards for guns again.
This time up to $300 is available depending on the caliber of the weapon. Local Circle-K stores teamed up... more »
October 31, 2011 10:21 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police say a three-week sting targeting guns and drugs was a success.
The goal was to dent violent crime numbers across the city by going after what officers believe is its root.
In the first 20 days of September, eight people were murdered, and two others... more »
October 14, 2011 7:46 PM
A hot dog vendor in San Jose, California offered undercover federal agents more than a meal. Jose Ortiz was busted on charges of selling guns from his hot dog stand. His partner, Guillermo Castillo, was also arraigned in federal court on weapons charges. Authorities say the agents bought a sawed... more »
August 10, 2011 6:11 PM
BATON ROUGE - School officials,and Baton Rouge police want you to slow down. School zone speed limits are in effect.
Police will be shooting radar throughout the city cracking down on speeders.
This morning, at least ten tickets were issued in one school zone.
School zone times... more »
June 1, 2011 5:55 PM
BATON ROUGE- A state House committee defeated another bill which would allow concealed carry holders to bring firearms on a Louisiana college campus, rejecting it with an 8-3 vote.
State Rep. Ernest Wooten, I-Belle Chasse, has attempted to get similar bills through the legislature for several years, arguing that... more »
June 1, 2011 2:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - A Belle Chasse lawmaker's proposal to allow college students to carry concealed handguns on campus has been rejected by a House committee.
Rep. Ernest Wooton, an independent from Belle Chasse and chairman of the Administration of Criminal Justice Committee, said his bill would help preserve the... more »
May 10, 2011 12:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office Narcotics detectives say they arrested a man and woman at 9932 Elliot Road Monday with drugs and guns. Detectives searched the residence and found 383 grams of marijuana, two digital scales, a 9mm assault rifle, a 9mm pistol and $208. Cortina Richardson,... more »
February 17, 2011 7:48 PM
BATON ROUGE- A man is behind bars after investigators searched his house and found drugs and weapons.
Agents had been following 30-year-old Eddie Turner before searching his home and finding several guns, illegal drugs, and close to $1,500 in cash.
Turner was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish... more »
November 8, 2010 10:06 PM
WALKER - The victim of a home invasion in Walker told News 2 the incident was a nightmare. The victim, known as “Jimmy,” said he was surprised to find out 17-year-old Wade Riddle was allegedly involved because Jimmy said the two have hung out together. According to Jimmy, Riddle has... more »
October 11, 2010 5:36 PM
Officials in Baton Rouge announced the start of a new program this morning aimed at getting guns off the streets of the city-parish. Authorities will hold a "Gas for Guns" buyback on Oct. 23 at four churches around East Baton Rouge Parish. People who bring in qualifying weapons will receive... more »
September 3, 2010 4:57 PM
If you like the outdoors, this weekend is your chance to stock up on items you need. The second annual tax free weekend for hunters started today and continues through Sunday.
Retailers are offering everything from guns and ammo to clothing and ATV's with no taxes. Bowie Outfitters said... more »