Remember when New York journalists released an interactive map of local gun permit holders? Well that simple (and rather stupid) act will now be against the law in Louisiana thanks to a bill signed by Governor Bobby Jindal.
The new law makes it a misdemeanor for a journalist or anyone else to publicly release the names or addresses of permit owners or applicants, resulting in a jail sentence of up to six months and a fine up $10,000.
According to a report by shreveporttimes.com,
“Jindal championed the measure by Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Bossier City, as protecting “the privacy of law-abiding gun owners,” as he signed several gun rights’ bills in West Monroe as part of a summer statewide tour.”
“We’re signing new laws relating to gun ownership and our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms,” Jindal said in a written statement. “But we’re not just signing a few bills — we’re also celebrating the Sportsman’s Paradise and American values.”
Releasing the names and addresses of gun owners does nothing but make law abiding gun owners look like sex offenders and makes them targets of theft. And if a comprehensive list like this was released to the public it could show criminals which houses do not have gun owners, thus being an easier target.
Critics are saying it goes against the 1st amendment to restrict journalists from releasing this information. To that we say, REALLY? Do these “critics” also believe yelling “fire” in a crowded room should be protected by the 1st amendment as well, or how about releasing the codes to alarm systems across the neighborhood?
Jindal also signed a few other bills into law including ones that…
—Allow off-duty federal and state certified law enforcement officers to carry weapons on school campuses.
—Allow voter registration application forms to be distributed at certain retailers that sell firearms.
—Require court officials to report to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database adults who are prohibited from possessing a firearm because of their mental health or because they have been convicted of a felony involving a violent crime.
Last month, Jindal signed a bill that created lifetime concealed handgun permits in Louisiana. And now every other state is just plain jealous.
Watch Video below – Jindal signs bills to help hunters feed the hungry: