New Orleans City Council Urges Enforcement of Measures Preventing Domestic Violence Offenders from Obtaining Firearms
NEW ORLEANS - June 8, 2018
On June 7, The New Orleans City Council urged the Orleans Parish Sheriffs Office to immediately begin implementing a new State law, which has a start date effective Oct. 1, that requires law enforcement to collect restricted firearms from people convicted of domestic violence or subjects of protective orders.
The law, signed by Gov. John Bel Edwards on May 20, designates sheriffs as repositories for firearms in possession of abusers. The bill adds a framework and teeth to previous statewide efforts that prevent domestic violence offenders from possessing a firearm. Under the new law, sheriffs act as pass-through agencies, along with clerks of the court and district attorneys, to enforce those measures.
The City Council "fully supports the early adoption of Louisiana legislative mandates that curtail the continued risk to victims and restricts access to firearms and ammunition by domestic abusers" the City Council resolution says.
Louisiana consistently ranks among states with the highest rates of domestic homicides despite declines in national rates. In 2017, 73 percent of domestic homicides in Louisiana were committed with firearms.