Bill to create Louisiana’s ‘do-not-sell’ gun self-registry gains bipartisan sponsors

Bill to create Louisiana’s ‘do-not-sell’ gun self-registry gains bipartisan sponsors

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Katrina Brees sits next to two photo mosaics by artist Josh Hailey of Brees’ mother, Donna Nathan, in her Bywater apartment on July 27, 2018. Nathan took her own life in Audubon Park on June 26, 2018. (Photo by Brett Duke, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) ( A proposal to create a voluntary “do-not-sell” gun list for people in Louisiana who fear they are a threat to themselves or others has secured two sponsors and bipartisan support in advance of the legislative session. Rep. Jimmy Harris, D-New Orleans, has signed on as the bill’s primary sponsor while Sen. Danny Martiny, R-Metairie, has agreed to co-sponsor. The legislators put their support behind “Donna’s Law” following discussions with Katrina Brees, whose mother and the bill’s namesake, Donna Nathan, used a gun in her suicide last year. Nathan, who struggled with bipolar disorder for 30 years, purchased a gun June 26 then, just hours later, drove to Audubon Park and shot herself while sitting underneath a tree. It was the first gun Nathan ever owned. Brees, whose story was first reported as part of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune’s “A Fragile State” series, believes her mother, if given a second chance, would have chosen a different path. But suicide is often a rash decision made in moments of intense hopelessness and despair. In a state with some of the least restrictive gun laws in the country, those moments are often armed, advocates say. In Louisiana had 677 suicides in 2016. Of those, 440, or […]

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