But it's too late to introduce legislation for the current session, New Orleans lawmaker says
A New Orleans lawmaker says in light of the Mother's Day parade shootings, his fellow lawmakers have been talking with criminal justice officials about crafting legislation to require higher bonds in cases where guns are used in the commission of a crime.
But Rep. Austin Badon told Denny Schaffer Friday there's one problem.
"It's way past the deadline to introduce any new legislation. We're talking about something that would have to be introduced in the next session next Spring," Badon said.
Parade shootings suspect Akein Scott, who was being held on drug and gun charges in another case, had his bond reduced and was able to get out of jail and get back on the streets.
Badon says it's up to the black community to put a stop to the escalating violence among young African-American males.
"We have to make sure that our kids are not walking the street at 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning with their pants down, not engaging in illegal activities, not having use of firearms when they shouldn't," Badon said.