Self Defense Against Suicide

On June 26th, 2018, my mother used her iPhone to search “gun stores New Orleans.” She then drove from her home to a nearby gun store. Despite her recent voluntary inpatient mental health stays, in just minutes she was able to purchase the only gun she would ever own. She paid for the gun and a box of bullets, drove to the Tree of Life in Audubon Park, and shot herself.

This is the fourth suicide in my family involving a recently purchased firearm. Without any barriers to purchase firearms, I am at high risk of doing the same. I am asking Louisiana to give me a chance at self defense against suicide by enabling me to opt out of my ability to purchase a gun from a licensed dealer.

The voluntary self-registry would be reversible for those who choose to sign up. If one chooses to reverse their registration, they would be given a waiting period of a couple weeks.

While this won't prevent every suicide, it could have prevented four in my family and many others. Please support empowering those who know they are safer without guns to voluntarily give up their ability to purchase guns. This will save lives.

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As we go through this process to make this bill into Donna's Law, we will need many kinds of help. Please contact me with your information, stories or relevant skills so that I can involve you when the time is right. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you!


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