Shreveport City Council votes no on firearms resolution
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — The Shreveport City Council voted not to pass a resolution that would have fined residents for leaving a gun in their vehicle overnight.
Resolution 54, which was introduced by Councilman John Nickelson, would have prohibited leaving a firearm in an unlocked vehicle between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. It would have carried a maximum fine of $500.
“[Councilman Jerry] Bowman and I brought forth this legislation because gun violence continues to be a problem plaguing our city,” Nickelson said. “Just in the last two weeks since this council met, we’ve had too many shootings to count. Two of the victims in the last two weeks were a 9- and a 7-year-old in their own homes.”
The resolution was voted down 5-2 on Tuesday, but not before serious discussion was had on where people are getting the firearms to commit crimes in the city and whether this legislation would be the right way to combat the problem.
“I understand something has to be done,” Councilman James Green said. “But this is not the something. The guns in this legislation is not the guns they are using to kill people every night and every day. They are not waiting for somebody’s car to be open so they can slip in and get a gun to use to shoot.
“With this particular legislation, it’s going to penalize innocent folk who just happen to forget the gun they left in the car,” Green continued. “The people that we need to talk to have different guns. They have guns that are better than what the police got.
“I have an issue supporting this because innocent folks are going to be penalized,” he added. “This legislation is great for innocent people; but the folks who are shooting people up, these are not the folks.”
Mayor Adrian Perkins stated that more than 550 guns were reported as stolen throughout the city last year.
Police Chief Raymond confirmed that firearms being taken from unlocked vehicles are being used for violent crimes in Shreveport. He also announced that his department is forming a unit to deal with stolen firearms. He would provide no further details.
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