Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal joined his fellow Republican presidential candidate former Texas Gov. Rick Perry in supporting the idea that people should be allowed to carry guns everywhere, including movie theaters.
The Hill reported that Jindal made these comments in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer when the host asked him if he agreed with Perry's support for expanding gun rights after the mass shooting in Lafayette.
“I’m a big believer that where you are legally allowed to be, you should be able to have your Second Amendment rights as well,” Jindal said.
“There are private property rights issues, I understand that. Somebody has a right to say what they want to do with their private property, but I think the fewer restrictions on law abiding citizens," Jindal continued. "The better for them and the better for our country.”
However, Jindal did stray from many gun rights activists when he called for expanding background checks to include information about mental illness.
“I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I’m not in favor of new laws restricting the rights of law-abiding citizens, but what we’ve done in Louisiana, we’ve strengthened the reporting of those who have been involuntarily committed,” the presidential candidate continued. “He never should have been able to buy a gun, clearly he should have been involuntarily committed.”
According to the Associated Press, the shooter in Lafayette was able to purchase a firearm in Alabama because he was never involuntarily committed to a mental institution, despite having a history of mental illness.