Landrieu signs new law mandating gun theft reports

Landrieu signs new law mandating gun theft reports

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - As the New Orleans police investigate a shooting that injured as many as six people last night, Mayor Mitch Landrieu today signed into law an ordinance that aims to curb gun violence.

The new gun reforms will require gun owners to report stolen or lost firearms to police within 48 hours or face a fine.

The goal is to better track stolen weapons before they're used in a shooting on the streets.

Last night around 8:30 p.m. witnesses say they heard as many as 20 shots fired near First and South Derbigny streets.

Police say at least six people were shot.  But there is no word yet on what led to the shooting or how many shooters were involved.

City leaders want to reduce the amount of gun violence in New Orleans and they're hopeful that these new laws will help that.

In addition to imposing a $250 fine for not reporting a lost or stolen weapon, the ordinance also calls for city recreation areas to be firearms free zones.

The police department will have added responsibility with the new reforms documenting serial numbers of all those lost or stolen weapons.

Chief Harrison last week told the city council he was working on drafting a new policy to handle the work.

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