What’s the Relationship between the LSA and the NRA?

One of the most common questions we get is, “Does the money I donate to the LSA end up at the NRA?” The answer is easy: NO. The money you donate to the LSA through dues, donations, the purchase of merchandise, or the purchase of raffle tickets stays right here in Louisiana to protect your enumerated civil right to keep and bear arms. Period.

The LSA has been the official NRA-affiliated state association since it was incorporated in March 1966. It is recognized under IRS section 501(c)4 as a federally tax-exempt, not-for-profit Social Welfare Organization. The volunteers who run your state association exert tremendous effort in lobbying the Louisiana Legislature to ensure that they do not trample on your constitutional rights. The seeking of legislation germane to the organization’s programs is a permissible means of attaining social welfare purposes. Thus, a section 501(c)(4) social welfare organization may further its tax-exempt purposes through lobbying as its sole or primary activity without jeopardizing its exempt status. And although lobbying is not our sole or primary purpose, WE DO A LOT OF LOBBYING!

The objectives of the LSA are stated in the corporations By-Laws.

The detailed objectives of this Association include, but are not limited to the following:

(a)  The protection and defense of the inalienable constitutional right of the individual American citizen to acquire, transport, possess, carry, and transfer ownership of arms, in order that the people may exercise their right to self-preservation and defense of family, person, and property, as well as defend the nation and the individual liberty of its citizens.

(b) The promotion of marksmanship practice both as a sport and as a fundamental aspect of national defense.

(c)  The promotion of all shooting sports.

(d) The encouragement of the acceptance of marksmanship as a major competitive sport in the state’s publicly and privately endowed school systems, both secondary and collegiate.

(e)  To assist in the planning, construction, acquisition, and preservation of civilian and publicly-owned shooting ranges of all types.

(f)  To support the Civilian Marksmanship Program of the Department of Defense, and to encourage member clubs to enroll and participate in that program.

(g) The promotion of the highest degree of sportsmanship and good fellowship among the membership of the Association, and to prevent the occurrence or tolerance of unsportsmanlike conduct.

(h) The promotion of the conservation and wise use of our wildlife and other natural resources and cooperate with conservation organizations.

So, if you’ve been reticent to join the LSA because you were worried that your money would end up in Washington, DC in the pockets of the NRA, worry not! The LSA has your back right here at home in Louisiana and has since 1966!

My Shooting Journey: From a Shooting Clinic to the Junior Olympics!

By Garrett Cooper

My shooting journey started when I was thirteen years old. My dad introduced me to 4-H shooting sports, and I had no idea what it was and had not even heard of it. In the summer of 2014 my dad took me to a junior high-powered shooting clinic and the next day I shot my first high-powered competition.  After that match I continued to shoot at the monthly high-powered matches at which point the LSA loaned me shooting equipment such as a rifle and everything needed to start shooting. Much like the 4-H shooting sports, many people in the LSA were willing to give their time to help coach and improve my shooting skills which was a tremendous help considering I was a beginner and always looking for pointers.

The following year, when I was fourteen, I continued to shoot high-powered matches while shooting as a senior shooter for 4-H in air rifle. I was fortunate enough to be on the four-person team representing Louisiana in Nebraska at the 4-H National Competition. Our team finished 11th overall that year.  Since I could only go to the National Championships once in each discipline I started shooting smallbore in an effort to go again. I really focused that summer on practicing, in turn earning a spot to return to the National Championships for a second year. Our team worked for countless hours and won the National Championship in smallbore. I finished second overall as an individual at the age of fifteen.

After returning from Nebraska I started to shoot precision air rifle (60 shots standing at 10m). That year I qualified to go to the Junior Olympics, something I couldn’t have dreamt of years before. In 2017 I was fortunate enough to attend not only the Junior Olympics but USA Nationals in Fort Benning, Georgia and Winter Airgun in Colorado Springs. For the past couple of years I have been going to these three matches and continuously competing against myself and other like-minded shooters with the goal of always growing in the sport.

Besides shooting I have served the community as a 4-H Ambassador helping with smallbore rifle practices. I helped to teach beginner shooters and prepare them for their competitions, I worked with other Ambassadors to schedule competitions, put together fundraisers, and help at the NRA banquet.  I’m so grateful for the many coaches and volunteers who have spent countless hours helping me. The LSA has supported me covering many of my expenses with traveling around the country, helping me to continue to grow in shooting sports.

While attending USA shooting matches I have been blessed to meet many college coaches. It had always been a goal of mine to shoot on a NCAA D1 rifle team. This past year, after having a successful year, I was recruited by The University of Akron in Ohio, to shoot on their team. If it wasn’t for my dad, the LSA, and the many people cheering me on throughout my shooting career, I would not have had the opportunity to go to my dream school and find a sport I truly love. 

Carry Insurance: Is it Really Worth the Cost?

By Jay D. Hunt, Ph.D.

If you’re like most members of the LSA, you probably obtained your Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit shortly after the law was changed and we became a “shall issue” state. Before our law was changed, any of us had permits issued by other states, most notably Florida. And, like most of our members, you probably walked around carrying that concealed handgun without any real consideration of what might happen if, God forbid, you ever had to use that handgun to protect your life or the lives of those around you. I know I did.

However, something changed for me recently. Someone I know (we’ll call him Bob) used his concealed handgun after a road rage incident caused another driver to stop his vehicle in front of Bob’s vehicle. The other person got out of his vehicle and smashed his fist into the hood of Bob’s truck. Bob wounded the other person with his handgun. Someone called 911, and the local police arrived…and arrested Bob. The wounded man was transported to the hospital and was arrested later. Bob has been arraigned and charged with aggravated battery and aggravated assault with a firearm and will face felony charges. The other guy was charged with disturbing the peace, criminal damage and obstruction of the public passage. Bob is retired and is not wealthy so he may be facing financial ruin and, if convicted of a felony, loss of his right to own firearms.

What kind of financial burden is associated with defending oneself from felony charges? The Death Penalty Information Center (1701 K St NW, Suite 205, Washington, DC 20006) has published the following information:

For a Non-Capital Case (no murder charges), the average cost to the defendant is $217,400.
For a Capital Case, the average cost to the defendant is $459,600.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have that kind of money to toss away on defending myself from charges related to the use of my firearm!

I decided that I needed to make sure that I did not put my family in a financial crisis if I use my concealed handgun. As an officer of the LSA, I used my position to research concealed carry insurance options and negotiated a deal with US LawShield to the advantage of both our members and the LSA. I urge you to do your own research and consider the following.

ZEALOUS LEGAL REPRESENTATION:US LawShield Independent Program Attorneys will represent you in any legal proceeding–criminal or civil–should you ever need to use a firearm or other legal weapon to protect yourself, your life, or your property. Legal defense will be provided for all police investigations, pretrial proceedings, and both criminal and civil trials. There is no limit on the number of hours devoted to your defense.

24/7/365 ATTORNEY-ANSWERED EMERGENCY HOTLINE: The 24/7/365 Attorney-Answered Emergency Hotline is available exclusively to Members of US LawShield. The hotline will always be answered by a US LawShield Independent Program Attorney. Your conversations are always fully confidential. Members will receive their Member ID Card with the Emergency Hotline Number printed right on the back, so you’re always able to reach them.

NON-EMERGENCY ACCESS TO INDEPENDENT PROGRAM ATTORNEYS: For non-emergency legal questions, call the non-emergency Member Services number and they will get you connected with a local Independent Program Attorney during normal business hours.

COVERAGE OPTIONS: Even if you don’t have a state-issued handgun carry permit, their Program covers you everywhere in your membership state where you can legally possess a firearm without a license. The program also covers the use of all other legal weapons. Multi-State coverage is available as an add-on so US LawShield can protect you wherever you go.

WHAT’S NOT COVERED: While their services are extensive, the program does not cover expert witness fees, governmental fees of any type, identity theft, stolen firearms, investigator fees, or bail bonds. In Texas, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania, however, members do have the option to purchase Bail Bond and Expert Witness add-on coverage.

            If you’re interested in obtaining carry insurance, check out US LawShield. Coverage for an adult is $131.40 per year (or $10.95 per month). The cost for two adults is $240.00 per year (or $21.90 per month). If you use the code LSAGUN when you sign up, you’ll receive two months of free coverage!

Henry Rifle Auction to Support Junior Shooting in Louisiana

On November 14, 2016, at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, AZ, history was made when 1,000 freedom-loving Americans joined together to set a World Record by simultaneously firing 1,000 Henry Repeating Arms Golden Boy Silver rifles! The Louisiana Shooting Association is auctioning off one of these rifles. 100% of the proceeds from this auction will go to support the LSA Junior Shooting Fund. To see the auction and bid on this rifle, click here.

The Henry Golden Boy Silver rifle in .22LR is configured with an octagon barrel, American walnut stock, and fully adjustable Marbles semi-buckhorn sight. This beauty features a mirror-bright nickeled receiver cover you can shave in, matching barrel band and buttplate, and a gleam that’ll get you noticed proudly anywhere you shoot. The Henry Golden Boy Silver for the 1000 Man Shoot comes custom with a 1000 Man Shoot commemorative logo and Allen case, making it one of a kind. Or one-in-a-thousand. A certificate of authenticity is included with the rifle.

You are Needed at the State Capitol on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

On Tuesday, May 21, the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee is scheduled to consider gun control legislation (HB 483) that would deny a gun owner their right to keep and bear arms without due process.  Please contact committee members and strongly urge them to OPPOSE House Bill 483. 


House Bill 483, sponsored by Rep. Gary Carter, seeks to create so-called “red flag” laws that do not protect due process and would allow for the seizure of firearms pursuant to an ex parte hearing. The LSA opposes any proposal that does not fully protect due process rights. 
Again, please contact members of the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee and urge them to OPPOSE House Bill 483.

To Contact Committee Members, click here.

You are Needed at the Capitol, Tuesday, April 17!

If you have been waiting for the right day to come to the Capitol, the day has arrived. On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 seven over-reaching anti-gun bills will be heard, and one really good pro-gun bill will be heard. WE NEED THE TROOPS TO SHOW UP IN LARGE NUMBERS! If you can take off work, this is the day to do it. If you are a K-12 teacher, we need your support for Rep. Blake MIGUEZ’s bill. The Michael Bloomberg backed Mothers Demand Action will show up and tell us how terrible it is for teachers to be able to protect their children in the event of an attack. It is complete irrational nonsense and we need pro-gun teachers there to refute their claims.

House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee
Tuesday, April 17, 8:30 AM Committee Room 6

OPPOSE: HB277 by Rep. Denise Marcelle (D-61) Prohibits the sale of assault rifles to any person under the age of twenty-one years.

OPPOSE: HB400 by Rep. John Bagneris (D-100) – Creates the crime of illegally purchasing or selling a firearm. Note that Rep. Bagneris recently said during testimony that he would like to see the “antiquated Second Amendment repealed.”

OPPOSE: HB473 by Rep. Patricia Smith (D-67) – Prohibits the importation, manufacture, sale, purchase, possession, or transfer of a rapid-fire device.

OPPOSE: HB736 by Rep. Terry Landry (D-96) – Provides relative to the possession, transfer, registration, license to possess, and surrender of an assault weapon

OPPOSE: HB852 by Rep. Gary Carter (D-102) – Creates the crime of illegally purchasing or selling a firearm

SUPPORT: HB602 by Rep. Blake Miguez (R-49) – Provides relative to the carrying of a concealed handgun at a school

Call these Legislators Today and Tell them:

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

Click here to email these Representatives

Sherman Mack, (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

Senate Judiciary B Committee
Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 2:30 PM Committee Room E

OPPOSE: SB185, by Sen. Wesley Bishop (D-4), would allow counties and local municipalities throughout the state to pass their own gun control laws, creating a patchwork of different laws from parish to parish or city to city. It 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 that 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

As early as Monday, SB491 is expected to be considered on the Senate Floor (see below for details). This bill was allowed out of this very committee when Senate Judiciary B Committee Chairman Sen. Gary Smith chose not to vote on the bill. You may contact Sen. Smith by calling him AND by emailing him to tell him your opinion of his decision. Thanks to Sen. Smith, we now have to defeat this bad bill on the Senate floor.

Please call each committee member and ask them to VOTE NO ON SB185.
Senator Gary Smith (Chairman)
Norco, LA
(985) 764-9122
smithgl@legis.la.gov

Senator Ronnie Johns (Vice-Chairman)
Lake Charles, LA
(337) 491-2016
johnsr@legis.la.gov

Senator Norbèrt N. “Norby” Chabert
Houma, LA
(985) 858-2927
chabertn@legis.la.gov

Senator Eric LaFleur
Ville Platte, LA
(337) 363-5019
(877) 396-4600
lafleure@legis.la.gov

Senator Jean-Paul J. Morrell
New Orleans, LA
(504) 284-4794
morrelljp@legis.la.gov

Senator Karen Carter Peterson
New Orleans, LA
(504) 568-8346
petersonk@legis.la.gov

Senator Gregory Tarver
Shreveport, LA
(318) 227-1499
tarverg@legis.la.gov

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

Update on Other Anti-Gun Bills

OPPOSED BY LSA: As early as Monday, SB491 is expected to be considered on the Senate Floor. Please contact your state Senator and urge them to OPPOSE SB491 when it comes up for a vote. SB491, by Sen. Troy Carter (D-7), 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. Please contact your state Senator at 225-342-2040 and urge them to vote against SB491. To locate who represents you, please click here.

OPPOSED BY LSA: SB155 (Troy Carter, D) Prohibits the sale of weapons to any person under the age of twenty-one. The bill was voluntarily deferred by the author at the Judiciary C Committee.

OPPOSED BY LSA: SB274 (Troy Carter, D) Prohibits sale of “assault weapons” to any person under the age of twenty-one. The bill passed out of the Judiciary C Committee on a vote of 4 to 3. The bill was heard in the Senate and was defeated by a vote of 9 Yeas to 26 Nays. Mr. Carter asked to have the Senate reconsider the bill.

Call Your Senator about SB274 Today

Today, LSA President Dan Zelenka sent this email to all State Senators. But, it’s not enough. You MUST call your State Senator today and ask them to vote NO on SB274!

The Michael Bloomberg-backed Mothers Demand Action sent members to cry in front of the Judiciary C Committee explaining how they were afraid to leave the house. They are organized and attacking your rights! Apparently, it worked, because the bill made it out of the committee and onto the Senate floor.

Today, please find your State Senator and call them. You can find them by clicking here. Follow up with an email.

Say, “Please vote NO on SB274”

Dear Senator:

As the president of the Louisiana Shooting Association, I am writing to you on behalf of myself, the association and its members to request that you vote NO with respect to Senate Bill 274, which will be before the Senate on Monday, April 9, 2018.

Senate Bill 274 seeks to prohibit the sale of any “assault weapon” to any person under the age of twenty-one years of age. Under the Civil Code, a person who has reached the age of 18 is an adult with all of the rights provided under our constitution. Raising the age from 18 years of to 21 years old affects the constitutional rights of over 185,000 law abiding Louisiana adults. Under current law, these adults have the right to vote, marry, contract, join the military and purchase firearms. Many live on their own, including those who are married or are single parents. Some are even military veterans.

In addition, the term “assault weapon” is both over used and under defined. It isn’t a technical firearm term so legislators define it as they see fit. There are two bills pending this year seeking to control “assault weapons” in some way and each uses different criteria to define one. These definitions both differ from the expired federal law. In fact, the definition has become so broad as to encompass common semiautomatic hunting and target guns.

Denying 18-20 year old adults their right to purchase the legal firearm of their choice, denies them their most effective means of defense should they be the subject of criminal attack and denies them their ability to purchase semi-automatic rifles and shotguns for hunting.

For the forgoing reasons, I ask that you vote against SB274.

Thank you. I remain,

Sincerely yours,

Daniel E. Zelenka, II
President
[Personal Contact Information was Deleted]
www.louisianashooting.com

Two Anti-Gun Senate Bills to be Heard April 3, 2018

The following two bills introduced by consistently anti-gun Senator Troy Carter (D, District 7) will be heard in the Senate Judiciary C Committee in Hearing Room F on April 3, 2018 at 9:30 AM. Please attend if possible.

OPPOSE SB155 Troy CARTER, WEAPONS – Prohibits sale of weapons to any person under the age of twenty-one. Senate Bill 155 seeks to prohibit the sale of “any firearm or other instrumentality customarily used as a dangerous weapon to any person under the age of twenty-one.” Raising the age from 18 years of to 21 years old affects the constitutional rights of over 180,000 Louisiana adults. Under current law, these adults have the right to vote, marry, contract, join the military and purchase firearms. Many live on their own, including those who are married or are single parents. Some are even military veterans. Denying these adults their right to purchase a firearm, denies them their most effective means of defense should they be the subject of criminal attack not to mention their ability to purchase hunting rifles and shotguns. In addition, this bill would deny these same adults the ability to purchase knives or possibly even baseball bats. The suggested change is unnecessary and could lead to the unintended consequence of leaving young adults vulnerable to criminal attack.

OPPOSE SB274 Troy CARTER, WEAPONS – Prohibits sale of assault weapons to any person under the age of twenty-one. Senate Bill 274 seeks to prohibit the sale of “any firearm, assault weapon or other instrumentality customarily used as a dangerous weapon to any person under the age of twenty-one.” Adding the poorly defined term “assault weapon” to the language of SB155 above does nothing as this bill also seeks to raise the age limit on all firearms, knives, etc. For the same reasons as set forth above, this bill is objectionable. In addition, the term “assault weapon” is both over used and under defined. It isn’t a technical firearm term so legislators define it as they see fit. There are two bills pending this year seeking to control “assault weapons” in some way and each uses a different definition of what one is. These definitions both differ from the expired federal law. In fact, the definition has become so broad as to encompass common semiautomatic hunting and target guns.

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.