A state Senate judiciary committee green-lighted a bill Tuesday that would circumvent any possible federal gun regulations by creating a made-in-Louisiana brand of firearms and ammunitions.
House Bill 45, which already gained House approval, was passed unanimously by members of the Senate Judiciary C Committee.
HB45 sponsor state Rep. Joe Lopinto, R-Metairie, said by creating the Louisiana Manufactured and Firearms and Ammunition Act, gun owners wouldn’t be subject to federal restrictions.
As long as the guns are made in the state and stay in the state, they wouldn’t fall under the federally regulated commerce clause, he said. Instead, the bill would provide for state licensing and regulations.