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Retired Trooper, Vietnam vet: No place for assault rifles in society

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State Rep. Terry Landry is co-sponsoring a bill aimed at removing assault rifles from Louisiana streets. 

Landry, who is a retired State Trooper and a Vietnam veteran, says he's "cautiously optimistic" that the bill will pass.

"We're sponsoring this bill because its something we believe needs to be done," Landry said. "These weapons are made to kill. They're not made for sport or hunting or anything like that. They're killing machines and we just don't believe they have a place in society."

Landry was a State Trooper for more than 30 years. He said allowing assault rifles on the streets - they were banned for 10 years in the U.S. - puts police officers at a deep disadvantage. 

"You've got a side arm, and maximum 40-50 rounds capacity magazines," he said. "How can police come close to that?"

He said the idea of a school resource officer, with a handgun that probably has a 14-round magazine, being able to respond to a shooter with an assault rifle bent on killing is "ludicrous."

Landry said he's not trying to take anyone's guns, he supports the Second Amendment. 

"But when the Second Amendment was passed, we had muskets," Landry said. 

He said he served several years in Vietnam, and "I've seen what these weapons can do. They're made for war. They're made to kill. I just don't see how they fit into our society."

State Rep. Helena Moreno of New Orleans, Landry's co-sponsor, wrote an opinion piece in the Times Picayune that explains her reasoning behind the bill. To read it, click here

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