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New Gun Laws Now in Effect in Louisiana

The laws are designed to prevent those with mental health problems from buying guns.
West Monroe -- The laws are designed to prevent those with mental health problems from buying guns.

Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed the restriction in response to the Sandy Hook school shooting.

Now a statewide system will capture the names of people with criminal convictions as well as those who are mentally ill.

The data goes to the national instant criminal background check system.

Retailers will use the system at the point of sale.

— HB 717 by Rep. Henry Burns, R-Haughton, requires reporting to a federal database the names of offenders involving firearms in court cases who plead based on an insanity defense or lack of mental capacity. The national database is used to gather information on those people who are ineligible to purchase a firearm because they are either felons or because of mental illness.


— SB 135 by Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia, which requires increased reporting standards to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database. This legislation will help keep weapons out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill while maintaining confidentiality of individuals’ mental health records. Increased reporting standards will include individuals who are ineligible to purchase firearms based on their involuntary commitment to an inpatient mental facility, found not guilty by reason of insanity, found not competent to stand trial or convicted of a violent crime. This legislation also establishes a mechanism by which an individual whose mental illness diagnosis has been reversed may regain their right to possess a firearm through a petition to the court.
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