State Rep. Gary Carter Jr. Calls for Bipartisan Reform in Response to Florida School Shooting

BATON ROUGE – In response to last week's tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida, State Representative Gary Carter Jr. (D-New Orleans) issued the following statement: 

"With the recent school shooting in Florida, we have to consider sensible legislation that protects our kids from gun violence. Nearly 26 years ago my uncle, Senator Troy Carter, passed legislation prohibiting guns from within 1000 ft of a school. He proved, in a bipartisan way, Louisiana can address and pass comprehensive legislation to prevent guns from nearing the institutions where our children learn and grow. 

"Today, we must renew those efforts to expand legislation that will help keep our children safe. As part of my legislative package, I will offer legislation building on Senator Carter's legislation and limiting access to guns for those who have a history of mental illness and domestic violence, and for those who have threatened violence in our schools.

"Simply put: the safety of Louisiana's children should always be a bipartisan issue. I hope my colleagues take an approach to this issue similar to lawmakers 26 years ago, when Louisiana passed sensible legislation to protect our children."

Ira Wray