Guns in parks, risk protection orders among legislation introduced in Louisiana House

Firearms legislation continues to be filed in Louisiana, where LEAP Forward has selected three new bills to be graded:

HB 382 would prohibit the possession of firearms in parks or playgrounds. Submitted by Democrat Kenny Cox, the bill also extends to recreational facilities including public or private buildings owned by recreational districts, political subdivisions, or by a private person. Violation is punishable by a $1,000 fine and/or two years in prison.

✔ HB 483 by Democrat Gary Carter, Jr. is a risk protection order bill that provides for the issuance of a warrant for the search and seizure of firearms from a person who poses a danger to themselves or others. The order can be asked for by a district attorney or assistant district attorney or any two members of law enforcement and can be applied to anyone who owns one or more firearms. Restrictions are placed on the orders requiring the petitioner to have conducted an investigation to determine cause, and the bill allows extensions of the length of the order at any time up to 30 days prior to the end date of the original order.

The National Rifle Association has not yet mustered opposition to these bills, and so action for now will be given an unweighted score.

Additionally, LEAP Forward will be scoring opposition to ❌ HB 413. This legislation would prohibit a bank from refusing service to someone based on that person’s association with the firearms industry.