Apr 24, 2013 11:47 PM by katc
The Louisiana House of Representatives just passed two controversial bills that are now on their way to the state Senate. The two bills, passed with a large majority of support, shields gun owners from restrictions from the federal government. The first bill, known as the "Louisiana preservation of individual gun rights of citizens act", would make it illegal for the president to enforce gun restrictions in the state of louisiana. The second bill makes it illegal for anyone to release personal information associated with concealed carry permits. Could Louisiana even enforce this law if it were to pass?
The passage of House Bill 5 through the house was a statement that state lawmakers are willing to do anything to protect the rights of gun owners in Louisiana, even if what they're doing might be considered unconstitutional.
UL Lafayette professor and KATC political analyst Dr. Pearson Cross says, "Southern states and other states will try to pass these laws, they will pass these laws, these laws will probably be found to be unconstitutional in court cases."
Cross says even if it passes the senate, the law could be stricken down because it ignores the U.S Constitution's "Supremecy Clause".
Cross adds, "There's the 'Supremecy Clause', that little uncomfortable thing in the Constitution that says that the laws of the U.S., of the Constitution, and passed by Congress supercede anything that states do either in the Constitution of the state legislatures."
Cross says southern states will more than likely continue to try to push this kind of legislation through because the topic of gun control won't be going away any time soon.
"I think it's an indication of how deeply people feel about the possibility, not the reality, that gun laws will be weakened," Cross says.
What do are people saying about louisiana's move to ignore potential federal gun laws? I posed that question to students while on UL's campus today.
Joshua Domingue says, "I know registrations bad on it. I've heard stuff where you know, they don't count how many guns they sell. I think they need to be better regulated."
"I don't think it's wrong that they're trying to protect everybody, but I do think that the people need to be punished. Not taking away guns," says Mackenzie Greene
Meagan Bolds adds, "This is Louisiana. We're going to have our guns. It's what we do."