Littice Bacon-Blood / The Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- A recent national study says Louisiana has the highest rate of gun violence in the nation and the weakest gun safety laws. But state lawmakers are moving to expand the already permissive laws.

According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a nonprofit group that tracks gun regulations around the nation, Louisiana's push is contrary to a national trend towards strengthening firearm laws.

The most far-reaching gun proposals in the Louisiana Legislature seek to preempt federal law, as a states' rights issue. They have been easily approved in the House and await action in the Senate.

One would prohibit enforcement of any federal restrictions on semi-automatic weapons.

Another would allow gun buyers to circumvent any federal gun law if the weapon was manufactured in Louisiana and remained in state.

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