Panel rejects New Orleans gun control bid

Panel rejects New Orleans gun control bid
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New Orleans is a city with a rich culture, one unique here in the United States. When people think of the city, they think of Mardis Gras, jazz, the French Quarter, and things like that.

They don’t necessarily think of gun control.

However, the city wanted more of just that. Yet, since Louisiana has preemption, it means they needed to petition the state to pass it.

It seems a panel opted not to.

A proposal to let New Orleans adopt a set of gun control measures than are stronger than the state currently allows was overwhelmingly rejected Tuesday by a House panel.

The Criminal Justice Committee voted 9-1 against the measure by New Orleans Democratic state Rep. Mandie Landry, despite calls for passage from a city council member, a deputy chief of the police department and District Attorney Jason Williams.

Among the specified laws the city would have been allowed to pass were the bill to become law: a requirement that loss or theft of firearms be reported to police, prohibition against openly carrying firearms at public events requiring government permits, and prohibition on carrying firearms where alcohol is being served.

Now, let’s be clear, what New Orleans wanted was pretty tame as gun control measures go. Despite that, though, the committee was right to vote against it.

The truth is that while the city has problems, none of them will be solved by gun control measures.

Of course, supporters of the measure claimed the rule would help combat gun trafficking and prevent problems at festivals.

However, there’s no way any of these measures would have any impact on gun trafficking. At most, it’ll allow police to know you had a gun that was stolen. That’s literally all it would do. Especially since many people don’t retain their gun’s serial number.

It won’t impact the trafficking, it won’t stop violent crime, it won’t really stop anything.

So now, officials in New Orleans will just have to look at something else. They’ll have to find another way to deal with their criminal problems because the state won’t let them just up and restrict the rights of ordinary people.

This is ultimately for the best.

While I tend to think local solutions are for the best, that doesn’t apply when we’re talking about rights. Just as New Orleans shouldn’t be permitted to create their own standards for entering someone’s home or searching someone’s car, they don’t get to restrict their right to keep and bear arms.

Yet I will give them credit for one thing. New Orleans didn’t just up and decide to pass these measures and wait for the state to lower the boom on them. They did at least try to go about it in the manner outlined it the law. It didn’t work out for them, but they still followed the relevant steps to do it in the correct manner.

There are some other cities in this country that would do well to follow their example on that front. They just won’t.