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 »
August 14, 2010 10:01 AM
Harassing a teenager by e-mail or Facebook, smoking an herbal mixture called "synthetic marijuana," and selling urine to help circumvent drug screening tests can land a person in jail beginning Sunday.
More than 650 new laws take effect with the start of the week - including a grab-bag of... more »
July 20, 2010 7:25 AM
Concealed handguns won't be allowed in Louisiana Catholic churches, despite a new state law allowing them. Louisiana's Roman Catholic bishops discussed the issue when reviewing bills, and decided that if it became law they would tell pastors that concealed handguns would not be allowed in Catholic churches. The law allows... more »
July 7, 2010 5:54 PM
The person in the pew next to you could be packing heat.
Under a new law signed by Governor Jindal, concealed guns are allowed in church with the spiritual leader's consent.
News 2's Luke Margolis got answers on why those looking to carry may find that approval hard... more »
June 29, 2010 10:41 AM
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, says she is considering recent decisions to expand gun rights to be "settled law".
Kagan was asked about the decision by the high court, which guarantees citizens Second Amendment rights to have guns, no matter where they live.
June 28, 2010 10:26 AM
The Supreme Court has come down on the side of gun rights, ruling today that the Second Amendment restrains the government's ability to significantly limit "the right to keep and bear arms."
In a 5-4 vote, the justices also signaled that less severe restrictions could survive legal challenges.
... more »
June 8, 2010 1:50 PM
A Senate committee has shot down a bill that would have allowed concealed weapons to be carried inside churches.
The bill, which had passed the House in a 74-18 vote, found no support in a Senate judiciary committee Tuesday.
The measure by Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, would have... more »
May 24, 2010 5:33 AM
A new study finds that children in America's most rural areas are as likely to die by gunshot as kids in the biggest cities. Murders involving guns are more common among city youth, but gun suicides and accidental fatal shootings are more common among rural kids. Dr. Michael Nance of... more »
May 7, 2010 7:21 AM
Deputies in St. Mary Parish made a drug bust in Bayou Vista. Eduardo Garcia faces a variety of charges including possession of marijuana, cocaine, Xanax, and illegal possession of a gun. Narcotics agents searched his home where they allegedly found the drugs, an AK-47 Rifle, and cash. Garcia remains in... more »
April 27, 2010 9:22 AM
Assumption Parish deputies arrested an uncle and nephew in Labadieville after a fight. It happened around 4:40 p.m. Monday on Violet Street. Deputies say they were responding to a fight between two females when they got a second call that two men were exchanging gunfire. Deputies say Ricky Washington and... more »
March 25, 2010 1:41 PM
Tonight at 6pm on News 2, we talk with District Attorney Hillar Moore about the reaction from parents to recent cases involving guns in our schools, and what can be done to hold other parents accountable.
DA Moore tells me while there are no laws on the books that... more »
February 10, 2010 6:36 PM
Since the beginning of this school year, at least seven guns have been found on East Baton Rouge Parish public school campuses.
Five were spotted by students and four were found loaded. Officials credit students with the ability to find the guns.
"You have students that are coming... more »
September 23, 2009 5:58 AM
Baton Rouge rapper Torrence "Lil Boosie" Hatch will serve at least one year in prison after pleading guilty to a third-offense marijuana possession charge.
Hatch will be on active supervised probation for two to five years after he is released from prison.
Last year, East Baton Rouge Parish... more »
September 22, 2009 9:32 AM
Former Super Bowl star Plaxico Burress gets 2 years in prison for a New York City nightclub gun incident. The former New York Giants wide receiver will be supervised for two years after his release. Burress pleaded guilty last month to attempted criminal possession of a weapon. He expects to... more »
September 4, 2009 4:40 AM
The state second amendment sales tax holiday starts today. People buying guns, bullets, and other items will not pay any taxes through Sunday. That saves about nine-cents for every dollar spent depending on where you shop. It applies to any item that could be used for hunting or fishing, including... more »