guns

Wallis Watkins

Several Louisiana lawmakers have presented bills this session in response to the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Parkland, Fla. Most were aimed at allowing individuals — like teachers or former law enforcement officers — to carry a gun on school campuses. Others, like those from Sen. Troy Carter (D-New Orleans), restrict the type of weapon someone can buy — and who can buy it. 

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Chelsea Parsons says a gun is stolen from a private owner every 67 minutes in Louisiana. Parsons is Vice President with American Progress, a guns and crime policy organization.


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Jonathan Ferrara has produced over 170 exhibitions in New Orleans, across the United States, and Europe on his book "Guns in the Hands of Artists."

Ferrara, who lives in New Orleans, created a provocative exhibition 20 years ago that merged guns with artists.

Louisiana is the most homicidal state in America per capita in a country where every day, there are 35 gun homicides, 60 gun suicides, and 200 people who survive getting shot.


Ben Pickering can't believe his luck.

"Holy cow," he keeps saying. "Man, that's just incredible. That's just amazing."

Pickering won a drawing for an Ambush rifle, an $1,800 AR-15-style model. Pickering already has a lot of weapons — "I honestly could not count," he says — but he's still excited to be given this new one.

Pickering loves guns, but he's also happy that the National Rifle Association's annual meeting, being held this weekend in Indianapolis, has given him the chance to meet up with family members who live in other states.