NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - He is often considered one of the military heroes in the effort to secure New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Now, retired Lt. General Russel Honore is calling for a repeal of Louisiana's open carry laws after a week of violence and protests in Baton Rouge.
Honore said the job of law enforcement officers is already tough enough without having to deal with citizens and criminals openly carrying weapons.
State Police released chilling photos of 29-year-old Gavin Long openly carrying two high-powered rifles and a .9-millimeter handgun, on the streets of Baton Rouge before killing three officers and wounding three others.
Honore said there is never any justification for anyone openly carrying a weapon, and he's calling for new laws to restrict the practice.
"I think it's time to get a movement of the people and faith-based leaders and start the conversation, and say we don't want open carry in our city," said Honore.
"I don't want that law to be stricken from the books, because it's a good part of our Second Amendment," said Devvin Burgess with the Shooter's Club.
However, Burgess said he doesn't favor the open carrying of weapons. He said all too often the practice causes problems, and he said if you're a responsible gun owner, it's better to carry a concealed weapon for self-defense with proper training.