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La. House backs ban on enforcing federal gun law


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House has voted to ban enforcement of any federal restrictions on owning semi-automatic weapons.

The 67-25 vote Tuesday followed more than an hour of contentious debate.

Supporters say the measure is a protection of individual and states' rights.

Opponents argue that Louisiana can't choose which federal laws it will enforce. They say the proposed law wouldn't stand up to a challenge of the "supremacy clause" of the U.S. Constitution.

House members also approved another proposal that would make it a misdemeanor crime to release or publish the names and addresses of people who own or have applied for state concealed handgun permits.

The bill now heads to the Senate for discussion.

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