Clancy DuBos: Pair of gun bills would not make Louisiana safer, not even in church

Clancy DuBos: Pair of gun bills would not make Louisiana safer, not even in church

PHOTO BY RON BAILEY/GETTY IMAGES In the face of the deadliest pandemic to hit the United States in more than a century, the Louisiana Legislature has busied itself with all things except what matters most — fulfilling both its constitutional duty to pass a balanced budget and its moral duty to help constituents deal with the ravages of COVID-19. In fact, a good argument can be made that a majority of our legislators have spent considerable time putting their constituents at greater risk. Consider, for example, a pair of “pro-Second Amendment” bills that House members will take up Friday afternoon. No doubt the National Rifle Association fully supports HB140 and HB334, for the two bills would significantly increase the “freedom” to carry firearms into places where they’re currently banned. To be clear, I’m not anti-gun. I’m an avid hunter, in fact, and a proud — but responsible — gun owner. That’s why I feel strongly about those two bills. In my opinion, both pose a threat to public safety. Let’s start with a close look at HB140 by Rep. Blake Miguez, R-Lafayette. This bill would strip from existing law the authority of local governments to prohibit the possession of firearms in public buildings and certain commercial establishments. Miguez’s bill ostensibly promotes the notion of state supremacy and uniform statewide laws. Alas, that doctrine was not always dear to the hearts of conservatives. Just a few weeks ago, Miguez and other Republican lawmakers (in the name of local autonomy) criticized […]

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