Archives for March 2018

Bills for April 3 and April 4, 2018 in Key Committees

Although the schedule for the Senate Judiciary C Committee for next week has not been published, early information suggests that two anti-gun bills will be heard on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. We will update this information when the schedule has been published.

The following bills will be heard at the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. The LSA’s official Position on each bill is listed.

NEUTRAL HB 44, Brown, Provides an exception to the crime of illegal carrying of weapons for clerks of court and tax assessors

SUPPORT HB 200, Wright, Repeals the prohibition on manufacture, ownership, possession, custody, or use of certain knives and similar instruments

SUPPORT HB 271, Garofalo, Provides for the carrying of concealed handgun on school property by certain teachers and administrators

OPPOSE HB 357, Marcelle, Prohibits a person convicted of a hate crime from possessing a firearm or carrying a concealed weapon

PENDING HB 448, Carter, Provides for the seizure of firearms of persons who pose a risk of imminent personal injury to self or others

NEUTRAL HB 495, Hazel, Provides relative to concealed carry of firearms for qualified retired law enforcement officers

NEUTRAL HB 543, Emerson, Provides relative to concealed carry of firearms for qualified retired law enforcement officers

NEUTRAL HB 702, Bouie, Adds former members of the legislature to the list of persons who are excepted from the crime of illegal carrying of weapons

Contact These Legislators Today

Anti-gun Legislators have flooded the State House and Senate with bills that will violate your Second Amendment Rights.

THERE ARE TWO STEPS TO PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS!

STEP ONE
Call these Legislators Today and Tell them:

“SUPPORT GUN RIGHTS. VOTE NO ON ALL GUN CONTROL BILLS.”

Sherman Mack, Chairman (R, Albany)
(225) 567-3677

Steve Pylant (R, Winnsoboro)
(318) 435-7313

Tony Bacala (R, Prairieville)
(225) 677-8020

Raymond Crews (R, Bossier City)
(318) 716-7532

Stephen Dwight (R, Lake Charles)
(337) 491-2315

Lowell “Chris” Hazel (R, Pineville)
(318) 767-6082

Valarie Hodges (R, Denham Springs)
(225) 791-2199

Frank Howard (R, Many)
(318) 256-4135

Joseph Marino (I, Gretna)
(504) 361-6013

John Stefanski (R, Crowley)
(337) 384-8999

We cannot afford to lose even one Republican vote on this committee. We MUST flood them with requests to SUPPORT GUN RIGHTS. VOTE NO ON ALL GUN CONTROL BILLS!

STEP TWO
Several of these Bills will be heard in the Administration of Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. We want to flood the committee hearing room with people who are opposed to additional gun control laws. Please plan to attend the hearing if possible.

The committee meets in House Committee Room 6. Ask any security guard for directions to House Committee Room 6.

The hearings will start at 9:30 AM. Please plan to attend for most of the day if you can.

When you arrive in the hearing room, ask the clerk for a RED card to oppose a bill. If you are unsure what to do, find LSA President Dan Zelenka or any of the LSA Directors. They will help you! You do not have to speak to voice your opposition to these bills. Your card will speak for you! Simply showing up at the hearing means a lot to the committee members.

Parking can be difficult and you may have to walk some distance to the House hearing room. Please wear business clothes if you can.

Concealed or open carry of a firearm is prohibited in the House. You will have to pass through metal detectors to enter the Capitol.

Anti-Gun Bills in 2018 Louisiana Session

As the Louisiana Legislature begins its 2018 Session, several overreaching gun control bills have been filed that infringe on your Second Amendment rights and your right to self-defense. The anti-gun legislation includes:

House Bill 277/Senate Bill 274, sponsored by Rep. Denise Marcelle (D-61) and Sen. Troy Carter (D-7), respectively, prohibits the sale of commonly owned semi-automatic rifles to any person under 21 years of age. This legislation punishes law-abiding citizens for the evil acts of criminals, does nothing to increase public safety and will prohibit law-abiding 18-20 year old adults from purchasing the most popular and effective self-defense rifle on the market.

House Bill 400, sponsored by Rep. John Bagneris (D-100), establishes a 10-day waiting period for the purchase of a firearm and makes violation of the waiting period punishable by as much as five years in prison.

House Bill 473, sponsored by Rep. Patricia Smith (D-67), bans the importation, manufacture, sale, purchase, possession, or transfer of bump stocks and other “rapid-fire” devices. The broad and overreaching language could potentially criminalize firearm modifications such as competition triggers, and ergonomic changes that are commonly done by law-abiding gun owners to make their firearms more suitable for self-defense, competition, hunting, or even overcoming disability.

House Bill 603, sponsored by Rep. Helena Moreno (D-93), bans commonly owned semi-automatic rifles and forces law-abiding citizens to either surrender their firearms, or register and apply for a license annually in order to possess their firearm. This broad legislation does little to improve public safety, adds to the burden of state police, and further attacks the rights of law-abiding citizens.

Senate Bill 185, sponsored by Sen. Wesley Bishop (D-4), eliminates the authority of state laws over local ordinances and regulations. Firearm preemption laws ensure that fundamental rights are not diluted or distorted through local ordinances and prevents a confusing patchwork of regulations which make it difficult for otherwise law-abiding citizens to follow the law. Further, citizens in one city deserve the same rights and powers as citizens in the neighboring town.

Senate Bill 155, sponsored by Sen. Troy Carter (D-7), prohibits the sale of any weapon to any person under the age of 21 years old. Again, this type of legislation does little to increase public safety and only impacts the rights of law-abiding adults.

Senate Bill 231, sponsored by Sen. J.P Morrell (D-3), allows for the surrender of firearms and arrest of individuals, not based on a criminal conviction or mental adjudication, but based on false positive background checks or third party allegations and evidentiary standards below those normally required for removing constitutional rights.

Senate Bill 383, sponsored by Sen. Troy Carter (D-7), establishes a system to track all ammunition in the state for use in a firearm. This invasive legislation will allow for the state police to track who is legally purchasing ammunition, along with how much and what kind of ammunition is purchased. This database will only divert valuable state police resources by having to maintain this database and taking away from actually improving public safety.

Your LSA will keep you updated on further developments affecting your Second Amendment rights in Louisiana.

Membership Database Maintenance

We have temporarily disabled the ability of people to join or renew online while we do maintenance to our Membership Database.  This will take approximately one week to complete.  We expect to be back on-line by March 30, 2018.  We appreciate your patience!