Prefiled bills all focus on guns

Legislators Monday filed the first three bills for the legislative session that opens April 8 and they all deal with guns.

The prefiled bills would:

Also Monday, a north Louisiana legislator launched “Defend Louisiana” — a statewide campaign to defend the gun rights of Louisiana residents and promised more legislation in defense of Second Amendment rights to bear arms.

The activity comes in the wake of a elementary school shooting in Connecticut which left 20 students and six adults dead and renewed gun control efforts by President Barack Obama.

Among the federal initiatives are a ban on assault weapons and creation of a better national data base to ensure that felons and the mentally ill cannot purchase guns.

State Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Bossier City, plans a statewide tour and petition drive in the weeks leading up to the start of the legislative session, according to a news release announcing the initiative.

“We’ve done some good things to protect the Second Amendment in Louisiana, but we’re not finished yet,” Thompson said in the release.