NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The National Rifle Association doesn't like it but the New Orleans City Council just passed an ordinance aimed at reducing gun violence.
People who legally own guns would face fines if they fail to report a lost or stolen gun.
It's no secret New Orleans has a gun violence problem, so the package of gun restrictions aims to reduce that problem.
Unfortunately, crime scenes involving guns are common in New Orleans.
The multi-pronged ordinance calls for owners of lost or stolen guns to report it to police within 48 hours of knowledge of the loss or theft. Failure to do so could result in a $250 fine for the first violation and $500 for subsequent violations.
Councilman James Gray, one of the sponsors of the ordinance, says it's a small step to reduce the number of guns ending up in the wrong hands.
"As much as anything else, to affect the gun violence in this city, report it stolen," Gray said.
The NRA has called the ordinance misguided and says the mandatory reporting of lost or stolen guns only affects law-abiding citizens because criminals will find a way to get a gun.
But council members said it does not step on anyone's gun rights and is needed in a city with so much gun violence.
In addition to the penalties for not reporting the loss or theft of a gun, the ordinance would also:
- Make it illegal to have a firearm or dangerous weapon in a firearm-free zone
- Prohibit possession of a firearm without a serial number
- Prohibits possession of a firearm or concealed weapon by a person convicted of domestic abuse battery
- Prohibits negligent carrying of a concealed weapon