The New Orleans City Council will expand the number of gun-free zones in the city as an effort to reduce gun violence, according to the Democrat-controlled city council.
“Next, the measure would make all of the 103 New Orleans Recreation Development Commission parks and facilities as well as areas where NORDC-sponsored events are taking place officially gun free zones under threat of a $500 fine or six months in jail,” Guns.com reported. “Exemptions are in place for law enforcement or those with a concealed carry permit. Open carry is legal in Louisiana without a permit, but would be barred from these recreational areas under the new law.”
Gun owners in the city will now also have to report a stolen or lost gun to the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) within 48 hours or be fined $250.
Democratic lawmakers in the city say the gun control package will deter illegal guns into the city and help solve the widespread problem of gun trafficking in the region. The National Rifle Association (NRA), however, opposes the legislation.
In a statement, City Council member Jason Williams (D) said the ordinance “will do nothing to limit a law abiding citizen’s right to own a gun. It is singularly focused on gun safety and gun responsibility.”
The gun control package is the first of its kind in the state.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) originally pushed for passage of the gun control ordinance, as he a member of gun-restrictionist Michael Bloomberg’s ‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ group.