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 Bagneris recently said during testimony that he would like to see the “antiquated Second Amendment repealed.”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.

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!

2018 LSA Board of Directors

The LSA Annual Meeting and Elections were held on Sunday, February 18, 2018. The members selected the following individuals for their 2018 Board of Directors.

Officers
President Dan Zelenka (term expires 2019)
Vice-President Paul Angrisano (term expires 2019)
Secretary Paul Prokop (term expires 2021)
Treasurer Jay Hunt (term expires 2021)
Member-at-Large John Laws (term expires 2019)

Directors
Clifford Grout (term expires 2020)
Ron Duplessis (term expires 2021)
Gordon Hutchinson (term expires 2020)
Barret Kendrick (term expires 2019)
Buck Kliebert (term expires 2021)
Jerry Liuzza (term expires 2020)
Jay Meynier (term expires 2019)
George Petras (term expires 2020)
Daniel Plunket (term expires 2020)
Ted Torres (term expires 2021)

Alternate Directors
First Alternate Dwayne Vidrine (term expires 2019)
Second Alternate John Grout (term expires 2019)

Rep. Blake Miguez is 2017 Legislator of the Year

žThe LSA, in recognition of the state legislator who by action has demonstrated the highest commitment to the protection of Second Amendment rights, established the Louisiana Shooting Association Legislative Excellence Award in 2010.  The 2017 winner of the Legislative Excellence award is Blake Miguez (R, Dist 49).

CMP 1911 Update

The CMP has been authorized to receive 8,000 model 1911 pistols from the United States Army.

The models 1911 have been received by the CMP. A complete inventory will be conducted over the course of this week. The pistols will then be securely stored until the Army-approved 1911 building and armory infrastructure is completed. That completion is anticipated to be approximately 60 days from now. Once the 1911 armory is completed, inspection, grading, repair, and ultimately test firing of the pistols will begin. (Please be aware that the CMP was led to believe that they were ready to move forward, but three weeks ago facility requirements were changed, and they are now fulfilling those requirements.)

The CMP 1911 order packet will be posted 90 days prior to the order acceptance date and opening sales date. No orders will be accepted prior to that date. CMP customer service has been inundated with calls and emails concerning the 1911s and no further information is available at this time.