By MELINDA DESLATTE
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The gun control debate is coming to the Louisiana Legislature, where Republican lawmakers are launching a counteroffensive to federal efforts to put new limits on guns.
GOP lawmakers are proposing new laws that would penalize people who publish names of concealed carry permit holders and that would seek to prohibit enforcement of any new federal restrictions on semi-automatic firearms.
Bossier City Rep. Jeff Thompson has started a statewide campaign that he says is designed to defend gun ownership rights in Louisiana. He's calling it "Defend Louisiana."
New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno, a Democrat and vice chair of the House criminal justice committee, says she expects the majority of bills to be considered by the panel to be on gun issues when the Legislature returns for a regular session in April.