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

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.