The Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians inform our state and federal legislators of the AAFP policy on prevention of gun violence and encourage them to promote legislation consistent with this policy.
Adopted 8/7/2015 by the General Assembly
At its May, 2013 meeting, AAFP's Commission on Governmental Advocacy developed, and the Board Chair approved in August 2013, a policy statement on background checks for gun sales:
Prevention of Gun Violence
The federal requirement for an on-site background check should ensure that those who have been convicted of a violent criminal offense and those who have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution or otherwise adjudicated to be suffering a severe mental condition posing a danger to others or themselves are not able to purchase firearms. Therefore, this background-check requirement should be expanded to include the sale of firearms at gun shows, over the Internet and in classified ads. Reasonable exceptions from the background check requirement should be allowed for sales between immediate family members if the seller does not know or have reasonable cause to believe that the purchaser is prohibited from receiving or possessing a firearm under federal, state, or local law.