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LA Senate Bill Aims To Raise Gun Ownership To Age 24 For Violent Juvenile Offenders

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Courtesy: The Times / J. Hudelston
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— This week Louisiana House of Representatives voted 59-39 to pass a bill that would prohibit former juvenile offenders from possessing firearms until they are 24 years old.

LA GUN BILL – This week Louisiana House of Representatives voted 59-39 to pass a bill that would prohibit former juvenile offenders from possessing firearms until they are 24 years old.

Senate Bill 379, sponsored by Sen. Barrow Peacock, R-Bossier City, would prohibit former juvenile offenders who have been adjudicated for a crime of violence from possessing firearms until then. The bill was carried on the floor by Rep. Debbie Villio, R-Kenner, Some house members opposed the bill, arguing that it is unconstitutional, as juveniles are not convicted by a jury, but rather adjudicated solely by a judge. The counter-argument was that the distinction is not important in determining legality, pointing to a similar law that Florida has enacted.

The House amended the bill, to remove a provision that would have allowed the former offenders to possess guns to hunt and then passed the bill, sending it back to the Senate for concurrence on amendments.