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New Year, New Law

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - A new year means new laws, and in Central Louisiana one law could have an immediate impact. 

"It's going to affect you whenever you go to apply to buy a firearm and they'll figure out whether you are in that database or not," said Assistant District Attorney Anthony Walker. 

Louisiana established Act 404 that restricts those with mental health problems from having a gun. It is the 18th state to do so.

"When they do check you when you do go to buy a firearm they run your background, where usually the background entailed whether or not you were convicted of certain felonies this will entail whether or not you were committed based on a mental status," said Walker.    

Like certain criminal convictions, those who have been involuntarily committed to an inpatient mental health facility will be denied the right to own a gun. 

Paul Johnson owns Alexandria Indoor Range and says he doesn't expect the new law to restrict legal gun buyers. Instead, he believes the law is necessary. 

"I am all for the law as far as reporting the mentally ill because all the shootings that took place, we with young men that had problems and needed to be taken care of," said Johnson.  

He expects business as usual in 2014.

"It's been great, business has been great, we got plenty of guns in stock, we get three in and sell two," said Johnson.  

The law does include a provision to have the restriction removed if a court deems a person fit to purchase a firearm. 




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