Jan 29, 2013 15:51 Prefiled bills all focus on guns Prefiled bills all focus on guns Capitol news bureau Jan. 29, 2013 Comments 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: Create the crime of unlawful storage of a firearm. The legislation by state Rep. Barbara Norton, D-Shreveport, would require people to keep or store a firearms secure in a locked container or equipped with a tamper resistant safety device. A first offense violation would prompt a fine of up to $300. Prohibit federal restrictions regarding ownership or possession of semi-automatic firearms. The bill by state Rep. Jim Morris, R-Oil City, is dubbed the “Louisiana Preservation of Individual Gun Rights of Citizens Act.” Exempt law enforcement officers from the crime of carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon on school property. The bill is by state Rep. John Schroder, R-Covington, who is spearheading a group looking at ways to improve school security. 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.