Orleans Parish D.A. Leon Cannizzaro invites NRA to be part of gun violence solution  

Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says while he believes in the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, it should not be a rock that violent criminals can hide behind.

“Both locally and nationally we are seeing an increase in gun related violence,” Cannizzaro said. “In New Orleans, the street trade of firearms has become too prolific. As we saw just last week at Bunny Friend Park, far too often these firearms find their way into the hands of individuals who are far too willing to perpetrate wanton violence on the community.”

Cannizzaro says he will continue the fight against gun violence by continuing to travel to Baton Rouge to support legislation that he believes can make “incremental improvements.”

While noting the National Rifle Association has typically opposed such legislation, Cannizzaro would like the group to help turn things around.

“If the NRA truly wants to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, then I invite them to come to the table and be a part of the solution rather than an organization with a single word vocabulary – ‘No.’

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