It’s time to increase the penalties on the statute designed to curb parade violence. (LSA-R.S. 14:95.2.1).  It looks like waterguns and the the bayonets carried by the Citadel guys are exempt. The guns supposedly carried by the alleged perps on 2nd and St. Charles definitely are not.

But the Legislature should increase the maximum sentence from 5 to 25 years just in case the main charges can’t stick. It should also figure out a a way to increase rewards for information leading to arrests for parade-related charges and advertise these laws on radio stations and billboards in crime-ridden areas near parade routes.

Let’s send a message to the gangsters. If you want to shoot another thug, do it in the hood, not at a Mardi Gras parade.

LSA-R.S. 14:95.2.1

Illegal carrying of a firearm at a parade with any firearm used in the commission of a crime of violence

A. Whoever commits the crime of illegal carrying of weapons pursuant to R.S. 14:95 with any firearm used in the commission of a crime of violence as defined in R.S. 14:2(B), within one thousand feet of any parade or demonstration for which a permit is issued by a governmental entity, shall be fined not more than two thousand dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not less than one year nor more than five years, or both.

Any sentence issued pursuant to the provisions of this Subsection and any sentence issued pursuant to a violation of a crime of violence as defined in R.S. 14:2(B) shall be served consecutively.

B. As used in this Section, the following words mean:

(1) “Firearm” means any pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun, submachine gun, or assault rifle, which is designed to fire or is capable of firing fixed cartridge ammunition or from which a shot or projectile is discharged by an explosive.

(2) “Parade” for the purposes of this Section shall be defined as any celebration of Mardi Gras or directly related pre-Lenten or carnival related festivities, school parades, parish parades, state parades or municipal parades, or any demonstration for which a permit is issued by a governmental entity.

(3) “Parade route” means any public sidewalk, street, highway, bridge, alley, road, or other public passageway upon which a parade travels. C. Lack of knowledge that the prohibited act occurred on or within one thousand feet of the parade route shall not be a defense. C

CREDIT(S) Added by Acts 2004, No. 661, § 1. HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES 2008 Electronic Pocket Part Update Pursuant to the statutory revision authority of the Louisiana State Law Institute, in 2006, “R.S. 14:2(B)” was substituted for “R.S. 14:2(13)” in the first and second sentences of subsec. A. LSA-R.S. 14:95.2.1, LA R.S. 14:95.2.1 Current through the 2008 Regular Session Copr © 2009 Thomson Reuters/West. END OF DOCUMENT