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Semi-Automatic Weapons Ban (1989)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1989-03-24

Duration: 00:27:33

Subjects: Firearms | Gun Control | Assault weapons


  • Lormand, Ken Host
  • Sockman, Roger Reporter
  • Hebert, C.J. Interviewee
  • Landry, Lloyd Interviewee
  • Kursteiner, John Interviewee
  • Breaux, John Interviewee
  • Connelly, Mike Interviewee
  • Williford, Shannon Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” from March 24, 1989, features Ken Lormand and Roger Sockman reporting on the reaction in Louisiana to President George Bush’s ban on the importation of semi-automatic weapons for 90 days. Lormand first reports on the week’s headlines. Next, Sockman reports on the pros and cons of banning semi-automatic weapons. He interviews: C.J. Hebert, gun collector; Lloyd Landry, gun owner; John Kursteiner of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; and United States Senator John Breaux. Lastly, Lormand conducts an in-studio interview with Mike Connelly, an attorney with the NRA and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Bear Arms, and Shannon Williford of Handgun Control, Inc. They discuss: their views on the semi-automatic weapons ban; the correlation between guns and crime; the requirements for registering weapons; their views on the Brady Bill.