NRA Rushes to Defense of Domestic Abusers
Last year, Louisiana passed a number of anti-domestic violence bills which positioned the state as a leader on the issue. However in 2015 the expansion of these bills has proved to be a challenge, with most opposition coming from the NRA.
Currently in the state, if you abuse a romantic partner that you live with, you are no longer able to carry a firearm. However, if you abuse a romantic partner that you don't live with, you are still allowed to carry a gun. State Rep. Helena Moreno wanted to close this loophole and expand the legal definitions that were associated with domestic abuse, but the NRA was concerned that such legislation would cut back on the amount of citizens toting guns. Due to NRA pressure on her colleagues, she was forced to abandon a number of the new bills' provisions and advance watered-down legislation
In addition to assuring that some domestic abusers get to keep carrying guns, the NRA successfully spiked other important changes: a provision was removed to define strangulation as a "serious bodily injury", a provision was removed that would have created a felony-level stalking charge (stalking is just a misdemeanor in the state), a provision was removed that would have prevented convicted stalkers from carrying guns, and a provision was removed that would have increased the penalties for violating restrictive orders.
Kim Sport, chairwoman of the United Way of Southeast Louisiana Public Policy Committee, told The Times-Picayune, "It is a sad place in Louisiana where we allow a special interest group to say who will or will not be a victim of a certain crime under our statutes."