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More than 40 changes to La. gun laws proposed by lawmakers

More than 40 changes to La. gun laws proposed by lawmakers

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lawmakers are seeking to shape Louisiana's gun laws with more than 40 firearm-related changes proposed this session.

But while proposals, including several measures attempting to limit released convicts' access to guns, have come from lawmakers in both parties and within each chamber, disagreements lie in how to best curb the state's high recidivism and crime rates while respecting constitutional rights.

Lawmakers have said a number of the proposals have come in light of recent tragedies, including a Lafayette movie theater shooting that left three dead and a New Orleans playground shooting that injured more than a dozen people.

The proposals have largely originated in the House, and the criminal justice committee must advance those bills if they are to move for a full debate. The panel has heard some proposals and is expected to weigh-in on a number of other measures next week.

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