Lawmakers pass bill to give $500 tax break to gun owners toward purchases of gun safe storage devices

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Among bills passed last week, was a measure to give a $500 tax break to Louisiana gun owners for purchases of safes, locks, and other gun storage devices. Bill’s author, New Orleans Representative Mandie Landry says her legislation mirrors a Virginia bill passed earlier this year.

“I do not claim credit to this idea. I do claim credit for bringing it to Louisiana but I was excited to see it and we just sort of  folded the language into our law and were able to pass it as well.”

53% of adults in Louisiana have guns at home, the 13th highest level among states, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, which measures only licensed weapons. Landry hopes her bill provides a layer of gun safety

“Guns are the number one cause of death for children nationwide. And so if we can encourage people and really push them to buy gun safety and if there’s a child in the house you really need to have it locked up at all times.”

Gun owners should keep receipts of purchases to receive a tax credit through the Department of Revenue. Landry says this is an effort to prevent gun-related accidents involving children and adults.

“We have a massive amount of guns used in crimes in the New Orleans area. I think it’s something like half the guns. Please, we encourage you to buy something to lock your guns up with. You don’t want to be the person who’s told that your stolen gun was used to harm someone.” 

The bill awaits the governor’s signature.

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