Urge Gov. Edwards to Sign Constitutional Carry Bill

Please contact Governor John Bel Edwards and ask him to sign the Constitutional Carry bill, SB 118! Responsible citizens of Louisiana should not first have to ask for approval from the government to defend their life, liberty and property. Please click here to contact the Governor to ask him to sign Constitutional Carry into law!

Senate Bill 118 removes the requirement for law-abiding people to obtain a permit before being able to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense.  This vital legislation ensures that citizens are able to exercise their right to self-defense without government red tape or delays.  This measure does not affect previously issued carry permits, and allows citizens who still wish to obtain a permit to carry in other states recognizing Louisiana permits, to do so.

Again, please contact Governor John Bel Edwards, by clicking above, and ask him to sign Senate Bill 118 into law.

Passing of LSA Life Member, Mary Elizabeth Norckauer

LSA Life Member H.R. “Butch” Norckauer recently informed the LSA of the passing of his aunt, Mary Elizabeth Norckauer on April 2nd at 96.  She was a LIfe Member of the LSA and a Member of the NRA.  Among her many athletic skills, several decades ago she was an active competitive shooter. Largely a pistol shooter she made the United States team and earned international medals, thus earning the title of Internationally Distinguished Shooter. As an assistant professor at LSU, she taught marksmanship including rifle, pistol and shotgun shooting. Her obituary can be read below and a news video can be seen here.

Mary Elizabeth Briggs Norckauer, a native and resident of Baton Rouge, passed away on April 2, 2021 at the age of 96. To her friends and family she was “Pud.” Mary Elizabeth had an interesting life, which touched many people and activities. She primarily considered herself an athlete and never married. She attended Dufrocq Elementary School, and graduated from both Baton Rouge High School and Louisiana State University with a Masters Degree. After college and the war she played for the Grand Rapids Chicks in the Women’s Professional Baseball League. During her first teaching assignment in Port Arthur, TX, she learned to ice skate. While Holiday on Ice was touring in Houston, TX, she auditioned and was hired by them. For 10 years she went on to skate and choreograph all around the world before coming home to Baton Rouge. On her return she took a teaching position at Louisiana State University where she taught a wide variety of sports. For over three decades she taught everything from dance to skating to shooting (archery, rifle, pistol & shotgun) to fencing and survival, to name a few. She was the founder of the LSU Golden Girls and choreographed them for most of their first decade. During these years her personal shooting accomplishments placed her on the United States of America Shooting Team where she traveled internationally and earned the rank of Internationally Distinguished Shooter. In her senior years she focused on track and field and not only did she win, but she set many age group National and World Records in running, jumping and throwing events. She also participated in not so athletic activities like the Baton Rouge Little Theater. And, she supported many philanthropic activities. Whatever she focused on she practiced and trained to be the best. She was a great instructor, athlete, aunt and friend. She was preceded in death by her parents William Henry and Vida Gertrude McAtee Norckauer, and her brother Heber Regal Norckauer (Joyce). She is survived by her niece Christine Ann Norckauer Carroza (John) and nephews William Henry “Bill” Norckauer and Heber Regal “Butch” Norckauer, Jr. (Sheila) and their numerous children and grandchildren.  Mary Elizabeth donated to a wide range of charities and the family asks that in lieu of flowers a donation be made in her name to your charity of choice.

State of Louisiana Joins Federal Lawsuit Against Jefferson Parish School Board Over Violations of Ka’Mauri Harrison’s Constitutional Rights

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has filed a legal motion for the State of Louisiana to intervene in a federal lawsuit filed by Nyron Harrison, the father of Ka’Mauri Harrison. Ka’Mauri is a Jefferson Parish elementary student who was recommended for expulsion after he safely and responsibly moved a BB gun his younger brother had accidentally knocked over while Ka’Mauri was participating in a virtual class session. Ka’Mauri was taking a test from his bedroom.

Attorney General Landry has long maintained that an individual’s private home is not an extension of the classroom, and he has taken a number of actions to defend Ka’Mauri and other students who were sent into a bureaucratic abyss for no reason and told there is no way out. In the motion filed on Friday at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Attorney General Landry stated that the Jefferson Parish School Board (JPSB) has interpreted and applied state law improperly by imposing mandatory expulsion statutes to conduct that is neither prohibited nor even covered by existing school discipline statutes. In doing so, the Board is violating the rights of students and their parents to privacy in their homes and expanding the law in a manner never contemplated by the Legislature.

“The Jefferson Parish School Board has violated state law over and over. It is unfortunate that we have had to go to such lengths to correct the Board’s egregious behavior and misinterpretation of the law,” said Attorney General Landry. “The Legislature even unanimously passed a law expressly reaffirming that the home is not school property and discipline policies cannot treat it the same. The Board’s dogged insistence upon continuing to do so is not only senseless and wrong, but it is also a waste of taxpayer dollars.”

Attorney General Landry’s motion further argues that the JPSB failed to comply with La. R.S. 17:416 and the Ka’Mauri Harrison Act and that the JPSB violated the Due Process rights of its students (and their parents).

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry Joins Legal Efforts Supporting NRA

Attorney General Jeff Landry has added Louisiana to a coalition of 16 states that have filed an amicus brief supporting the National Rifle Association’s lawsuit against the New York Attorney General, Letitia James.

The NRA’s lawsuit seeks to block James’s politically motivated attempt in a separate lawsuit to dissolve the NRA, which is the country’s oldest civil rights organization and leading Second Amendment advocacy organization.

“The New York Attorney General’s actions threaten the civil rights of five million NRA members – including citizens of Louisiana,” said Attorney General Landry. “I am proud to fight back against this partisan attack on the First and Fourteenth Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens who respect the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

In August, James filed a lawsuit in New York state court seeking to dissolve the NRA. Separately, the District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine filed an action against the non-profit organization NRA Foundation; but the DC lawsuit tellingly did not seek dissolution.

Subsequently, the NRA responded by suing James in New York federal court – claiming that her dissolution lawsuit violated the First Amendment by seeking to punish the NRA for its constitutionally protected Second Amendment advocacy.

The amicus brief filed by Landry and his colleagues supports the NRA’s federal-court lawsuit. Landry and the other 15 state attorneys general argue that James sought dissolution because she does not like the NRA’s political advocacy, its members’ political views, and the organization’s defense of a fundamental constitutional right.

The brief argues that New York’s lawsuit violates the First Amendment because it was designed to retaliate against the NRA and its members for these constitutionally-protected activities.

The brief makes clear that state regulations of non-profits and charitable organizations are essential to protecting the public. But it also criticizes New York’s politically motivated enforcement of its regulations. Such regulations should never be used to attack a government official’s political opponents.

Louisiana is joined in the amicus brief by Arkansas, Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

LSA Files Federal Lawsuit on Behalf of two Louisiana Residents

The Louisiana Shooting Association, the Second Amendment Foundation and the Firearms Policy Coalition filed a federal lawsuit on November 6, 2020 challenging federal law that prevents young adults from purchasing and owning handguns.

The suit was filed on behalf of two private citizens, Caleb Reese and Joseph Granich, both in the affected age group. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. Plaintiffs are represented by attorneys Raymond M. DiGuiseppe of Southport, NC, Adam Kraut and Joseph Greenlee from Sacramento, CA, and John W. Dillon from Carlsbad, CA, and George J. Armbruster III from Lafayette, LA. Kraut is FPC’s Director of Legal Strategy and Greenlee is the group’s Director of Research. The case is known as Reese v. BATF.

Named as defendants are the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Acting Director Regina Lombardo, and Attorney General William Barr, in their official capacities.

Neither Reese or Granich have criminal records. Both are over age 18, and thus have reached what is generically called the age of majority, which means adulthood. Yet they are denied full rights under the Second Amendment to purchase and own handguns, according to the lawsuit, which states, “The Handgun Ban prevents (them) from purchasing handguns of the makes and models of (their) choice, with full manufacturer warranty and support…in violation of (their) constitutionally enumerated rights.”

“While both of these young men were able to vote in the recent national elections, and they can pursue other activities as legal adults, they are prevented by law from purchasing and using handguns,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “They can join the military and defend the nation, possibly at the risk of losing their lives. They can enter into contracts, start businesses, get married and even run for office. Preventing them from legally purchasing and owning handguns seems rather silly, and we believe their rights as adult citizens are being violated.”

“One mission of the Louisiana Shooting Association is to protect Americans’ right to keep and bear arms which necessarily includes their ability to acquire firearms,” said Dan Zelenka, Louisiana Shooting Association’s president. “Handguns are the firearm of choice for self-defense as well as for many types of sport shooting disciplines. Nothing in the Constitution would subject adults under the age of 21 to different rights and protections under the Second Amendment as adults over the age of 21. On behalf of our members who are currently banned under federal law, as well as our younger members who will soon be in that banned age group, the Louisiana Shooting Association is proud to be a part of this effort to stop the federal government from enforcing its unconstitutional ban.”

“The right to keep and bear arms is not a second-class right, and the law-abiding legal adults the federal government currently bans from purchasing handguns are not second-class people,” said FPC President and FPF Chairman Brandon Combs. “These adults have the fundamental, individual right to purchase handguns and handgun ammunition for all lawful purposes from the lawful retailer of their choice. If they can be asked to fight and die for our country then they can and must be guaranteed the full protection of the Constitution. FPC is committed to fighting for and protecting the rights of all responsible citizens regardless of their age. FPC will continue to fight forward and restore the Second Amendment throughout the United States in this and other cases.”

“People who must bear all the burdens of being an adult should not be denied the benefits of it, especially when those benefits stem from fundamental liberty interests guaranteed by the Bills of Rights,” said attorney DiGuiseppe. “Law-abiding adults who are under 21 years of age shoulder the same essential responsibilities as all other adults, and, in the eyes of the Constitution, they have the same fundamental rights. Yet, the federal government has denied these full-fledged citizens the right to purchase handguns and handgun ammunition, cutting off their ability to acquire the quintessential weapon of self-defense in America. That is unconstitutional. This lawsuit aims to restore the right and ability of these adults to purchase constitutionally protected handguns and ammunition for them in their lawful exercise of their Second Amendment rights.”

“Adults over the age of eighteen have the full protection of all rights under the Constitution,” added Kraut. “But the federal government’s ban singles out their Second Amendment rights for especially unfavorable treatment. And our nation’s history and tradition show that adults under the age of 21 not only have the same Second Amendment rights as those over the age of 21, they were often required to keep and bear arms. We look forward to striking down this unconstitutional ban and providing millions of individuals with access to their constitutional rights.”

“Throughout the colonial and founding eras, hundreds of laws required 18-to-20-year-olds to own firearms—law applying to both males and females, and laws related and unrelated to militia service,” Greenlee explained. “By comparison, there were no restrictions whatsoever as to adults in this age group. If we look to the original understanding of the Second Amendment, as the Supreme Court requires, it is clear that 18-to-20-year-olds were fully protected by the right to keep and bear arms. We seek to vindicate that right in this case.”

“This is the third federal suit SAF has filed so far this month,” Gottlieb noted. “Other suits include our challenge of New York City’s extremist carry law as well as the state of New Jersey’s Draconian carry permit scheme. This is part of SAF’s effort to win firearms freedom one lawsuit at a time. Our ultimate goal is to get these cases reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

2021 Annual Meeting and Elections

The Officers and Directors of the LSA met in a special virtual session on December 10, 2020 to discuss the upcoming 2021 Annual Meeting of the Members and Elections of the Directors. It was decided at that meeting that,

  1. The 2021 Annual Meeting will not be held to protect the members from the possible exposure to coronavirus 2019-nCoV, which can result in COVID-19, and
  2.  The Annual Elections of Directors will be held by a special electronic ballot.

The electronic elections will commence on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 08:00 CST and will end on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 07:59 CST. To vote in the election, you must be a member of the LSA as of Saturday, February 20, 2021. We will pull an electronic list of the members on February 20 in preparation for sending the electronic invitations by email. The invitation will be sent to your email on record.

Governor Edwards Wants to Veto Your Rights!

Although Governor John Bel Edwards signed HB 334 (church carry) into law, the Governor is considering a veto of the CRITICAL HB 140.

House Bill 140, sponsored by Rep. Blake Miguez, prevents local authorities and municipalities from imposing restrictions to prohibit the possession of a firearm.  Preemption legislation is designed to stop municipalities from creating a patchwork of different laws that turn a law-abiding citizen into a criminal for simply crossing a jurisdictional line.

There is pressure on the Democrats who voted for HB 140 to not override his veto. We have to let the Governor know that we will not tolerate his hatred of our Second Amendment Rights!

Please, contact the Governor today! Please click here and write an email to the Governor. Then, call 225-342-0991 or 844-860-1413 and urge the Governor to SIGN HB 140!

Pro-Gun Bills Pass House Committee; Head to Full House

Yesterday, four pro-gun measures were passed out of the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee.  These bills now head to the House Floor where they could be voted on as early as Wednesday or Thursday of next week. Thank you to the bill sponsors for ushering these four important bills through the House Committee.  These measures protect our freedom in times of uncertainty and emergency, including during the current Covid-19 outbreak.  Please contact your State Representative and ask them to support these pro-Civil Rights bills.

House Bill 746, sponsored by Rep. Ray Garofalo (R, Dist. 103), allows those who lawfully possess a firearm to carry concealed for self-defense during a mandatory evacuation under a declared state of emergency or disaster.

House Bill 781, sponsored by Rep. Blake Miguez (R, Dist. 49), establishes that firearms and ammunition manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, suppliers, and retailers are “Essential Businesses” that shall not be prohibited from conducting business during a declared disaster or emergency.  HB 781 further prevents law-abiding gun owners’ rights from being infringed during proclaimed curfews.

House Bill 140, sponsored by Rep. Blake Miguez (R, Dist. 49), prevents local authorities and municipalities from imposing restrictions to prohibit the possession of a firearm.  Preemption legislation is designed to stop municipalities from creating a patchwork of different laws that turn a law-abiding citizen into a criminal for simply crossing a jurisdictional line.

House Bill 334, sponsored by Reps. Bryan Fontenot (R., Dist. 55), Blake Miguez (R, Dist. 49) and Charles Owen (R., Dist 30), authorizes a concealed handgun permit holder to carry a concealed handgun in a church, synagogue, mosque, or other similar place of worship.

To find your State Representative, click HERE.

Please contact your state Representative and ask them to support the above pro-Civil Rights bills.

Carbon Six Barrels is Looking to Fill Two Employment Positions

Louisiana-based gun and barrel manufacturer, Carbon Six Barrels, LLC and Carbon Six Rifles, LLC is looking to fill the following employment positions. If interested please send resume to tina@duplessisrifle.com

Gunsmith Apprentice / Barrel Tech

Gunsmith Apprentice / Barrel Tech needed for Louisiana’s ONLY true gun and barrel manufacturer.

Requirements:

  • General gunsmithing, repairs, cleaning and assembly.
  • Minimum level of education – high school diploma plus trade/vocation School, military or on-the-job trainig.

Gunsmith Apprentice Duties:

  • Record all data necessary to produce expected.
  • Use measuring devices and techniques correctly to assure proper sizing.
  • Perform various metalizing (metal spraying) techniques as needed.
  • Understand materials and applications as required.
  • Lift, Lighten, adjust and/or secure heavy objects in order to perform work and/or to observe safety precautions.
  • Observe all safety procedures and use proper protective gear (especially eye and ear protection).
  • Keep work area neat and clean as directed by supervisor.
  • Assist other machinist in department with skilled or non-skilled duties as directed by shop supervisor.
  • Assist other shop departments with skilled or non-skilled duties as directed by shop supervisor.

Barrel Tech Duties:

  • Clean and prepare cylindrical mandrel for fiberglass/carbon fiber wrapping.
  • Wrap cylinder with fiberglass/carbon fiber on automated filament winding machine per specifications.
  • Apply protective film to wrapped cylinder to prepare for curing.
  • Apply final finishes/coatings to cylinders per specifications.
  • Clean and maintain all winding and sanding equipment.
  • QA/QC of all items before, during and after process.

 

Experienced Salesman

You must have basic firearm knowledge and live within 40 miles of Gonzales, LA

Requirements:

  • 5+ years of sales experience required.
  • Able to give daily feedback to management.
  • Phone skills and Organizational skills are a must.
  • Basic computer skills required (emails, data entry).
  • Experienced rifle shooter is a plus.
  • Re-loader is a plus.

Job Description

  • You will be selling Carbon Fiber Rifle Barrels. Perhaps the world’s most accurate barrel.
  • We also have a line of complete rifles coming out.

 

What we have to offer:

  • Full Time Employment
  • Excellent Compensation Plan
  • Health Insurance
  • Vacation
  • 401k Plan

Monthly Youth Shooting Opportunity

Clayton H. Brakeville is working with the Red River Range to start a youth virtual sporter rimfire shooting program using the Orion System. These matches will be conducted on a monthly basis over a 6 month period, and can be shot on your home range. The targets either can be scanned into the Orion System yourself, or targets can be mailed back to Red River Range for scoring. Clayton is hoping to get as many individual youth shooters and clubs involved as possible.
This is open to all youth shooters, and is not just for 4-H youth shooters and clubs. Please spread the word and share with your friends, family and any individual youth that might want to participate in these fun matches. It will give them a chance to demonstrate their hard work through competition and compare their talents against other youth across the region, state and nation.
If interested or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Clayton at:
Clayton H. Brakeville
(318) 469-2423