Extended background checks, the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, and limiting ammunition magazines along with local issues related to concealed weapons and convicted felon statutes were the focus of NOBA’s “A Frank Discussion Gun Rights vs. Gun Control”. It was standing room only for this 1.5 hour CLE that featured Leon Cannizzaro, Constance Hester, Kevin O’Bryon, and Professor Jim Viator. The panelists weighed in on Second Amendment rights and issues of public safety. Professor Jim Viator, Loyola University School of Law, outlined proposed federal legislation that attempts to create clearer, reliable background check laws along with state laws protecting the interests of gun owners. District Attorney Cannizzaro described current laws that affect public safety in Orleans Parish and his efforts to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Constance Hester, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, spoke to the tensions between state and federal laws and the efforts of her office to prosecute violent felons. Kevin O’Bryon, O’Bryon & Schnabel, spoke of the need to protect gun owners’ constitutional rights. Judge Herbert Cade and Dana Douglas, chairs, Minorities in the Profession Committee, moderated the program.