New Orleans Mayor Bans Sale and Transportation of Firearms

By Jay D. Hunt, Ph.D.

On beautiful, sunny Saturday, March 14, LSA President Dan Zelenka, LSA Life Member Tom Gresham, and I were practicing social distancing by exercising our Second Amendment rights at a private shooting range in Mississippi. Our bliss was suddenly interrupted when we received a text message: the Mayor of New Orleans was planning to invoke emergency powers and issue a coronavirus emergency order allowing her to ban the sale and transportation of firearms. Tom immediately turned to Dan and said, “I’m calling Alan Gottlieb.”

On March 16, 2020, the Second Amendment Foundation responded to Cantrell’s claims of emergency powers over firearms by reminding her that they sued over Second Amendment infringement following Hurricane Katrina and will do so during the era of coronavirus if needed. SAF executive vice president Alan Gottlieb said, “Following Hurricane Katrina, we sued the city when then-Mayor Ray Nagin’s administration began confiscating firearms from law-abiding citizens for no good reason. The federal court order the city to cease confiscations. We sued New Orleans then, and we’ll do it again. The presence of a nasty disease does not suspend any part of the Bill of Rights, no matter what some municipal, state or even federal politician may think. While we certainly recognize the seriousness of this virus and its ability to spread rapidly, treating COVID-19 and taking steps to prevent it from infecting more people has nothing at all to do with the exercise of the right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment.”

Gottlieb added, “People legally licensed to carry should not have their right to do so suddenly curtailed because some politician panicked. We didn’t allow it before, and we’re not going to allow it now.”

The LSA is keeping a close eye on Mayor LaToya Cantrell (D), who is no friend to law-abiding gun owners. We very much appreciate the crucial help of the SAF. If you do not support the SAF, you probably should consider it. The LSA gets no financial support from the SAF, but the SAF has filed EVERY major law suit in support of the Second Amendment and your right to keep and bear arms. You can visit the SAF here.

The LSA’s Position on Constitutional Carry

There has been a wave of permit-less concealed carry laws enacted across the US. They are popularly referred to as “Constitutional Carry Laws.”  In the past, there have been constitutional carry bills filed and presented to the Louisiana House Administration of Criminal Justice committee. No representative of the LSA, or even the NRA, attended those hearings, much less supported the bills. With respect to the LSA, this was in part because we are conservative and wanted to see how these laws worked in other states. There are 16 states with constitutional carry laws in effect and bills are pending in several others. After watching how they worked and looking for any problems they might cause, LSA has decided to support HB 686 because constitutional carry in Louisiana is an idea whose time has come. There is a constitutionally-protected right to carry a firearm openly in Louisiana; constitutional carry would allow someone carrying a firearm to put on a coat or wear his shirt untucked.

The Michael Bloomberg supported Moms Demand Action anti-rights group will claim that the sky will fall and blood will run in the streets if constitutional carry passes. We all heard the same thing from similar anti-rights groups when shall issue concealed carry laws were proposed and passed. None of their dire predictions came true. The 16 states that have constitutional carry have experienced no more issues than carry permit states, which is to say very, very few issues.

You may have concerns about training. We at the LSA agree that it is important, and we encourage people to get training. However, we do not believe training should be mandated. If it can be mandated for concealed carry, why not mandate it for open carry or even mandate it for gun ownership? You can see the slippery slope created by taking a position as a gun professional that people need training to have or carry a gun (keep and bear).

Fortunately, we have a track record to look at with respect to whether mandatory training should be required. In addition to the 16 constitutional carry states there are 6 states that require no training to get a permit. Those states do not experience any more issues than we do in Louisiana with our mandatory training. Further, economist John Lott noted that the increase in the number of people carrying guns in constitutional carry states has actually led to an increase in gun owners getting training, not a decrease.

Some have noted that constitutional carry will lead to law enforcement officers being shot. This, in fact, is a Red Herring. Constitutional carry does not allow “everyone” to carry concealed. It only allows law abiding citizens to carry. Law abiding citizens by definition are not a danger to law enforcement officers. Besides, the right to keep and bear arms is a Civil Right that is a limitation on the power of the government (the police). No civil right exists to make the job of the police easier.

The LSA believes that allowing constitutional carry will actually have the effect of more people getting their permit, not less. Carrying under the constitutional carry bill will have its limitations such as a lack of reciprocity, inability to carry within a 1000-foot school zone, and the inability to carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol (there are special laws that allow each of these things for permit holders). People that become used to carrying a firearm will grow unhappy with these limitations and many will likely obtain permits. In addition, there are other advantages to a permit such as the NICS background check waiver and, if HB 484 passes, the ability to carry a knife without being subject to RS 14:95.

People may think that it is a good idea to require a person to get a permit to carry a concealed firearm, but that is not the standard by which we must judge this bill. Louisiana Constitution Article 1, Section 11 says that the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed, and any infringement will be subject to strict scrutiny review. Strict scrutiny requires a compelling governmental interest and a narrowly tailored regulation. That we have a constitutionally-protected right to open carry in Louisiana and have been doing so without problems for many years coupled with the evidence provided by 16 other states’ experiences with constitutional carry clearly show that there is no compelling governmental interest in preventing a law-abiding citizen from carrying his legally owned firearm in a concealed manner without obtaining a permit to do so.

An LSA Member Marches in Richmond, Virginia

By Charlie Chambers

On Monday, January 20, 2020, tens of thousands of great people joined in unity for the peaceful Lobby for your Rights Day in Richmond, Virginia. Despite reports by legacy media outlets of violence and cold weather, vehicles from several states parked along the cobblestone streets of Richmond to attend the nonviolent petition to our Government. Vehicles lined from Bank Street by the Capitol Building of Virginia to the James River Shockoe Bottom historic district. The people of Virginia clearly fell asleep prior to the election and now they’re trying to stop a flood of anti-right gun control policies. Good luck with that in the short-term.

Being surrounded by so many well-armed citizens was an incredible experience: a great one. As one article headline read, it was “The Civil Rights March of Our Time.”  It was upbeat, cheerful, diverse and worrisome. Worrisome in that so many pro-right Virginians did not show up to vote and get engaged with groups like VCDL (Virginia Citizens Defense League) in an ongoing fight to protect their Rights.

Virginia is not the only State guilty of the sin of not protecting our preexisting enumerated Rights.  I’m guilty as well and I’m trying to make up for my sins of “not showing up for so long”and not cutting through the media propaganda of gun control. I had no clue until I came across a Louisiana great, Tom Gresham and his Gun Talk Radio™ (GTR) in 2013 after I moved back to North Carolina from Boston.  After living in the great City of Boston, I craved more knowledge about firearms and the Second Amendment. Tom quickly become my “Spiritual Advisor of All Things Second Amendment Related.” The scales quickly fell from my eyes. As you read from Dan Zelenka’s article about the “Gun Rights Policy Conference 2019” (GRPC) by the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF.org) it is not only an awakening, it is a great source of “Intellectual Ammo,” fun and will turn you into an effective Diplomat and Warrior to protect our Rights.

Back in Virginia, during the Lobby, I thought about all of the great people introduced to me in my Second Amendment Journey by GTR, GRPC, my own States’ GRNC.org and all the diverse groups tied in with Alan Gottleib’s Second Amendment Foundation.  I also thought about the years I lived and worked in Charlottesville, Culpeper and Orange, Virginia with several visits to Richmond.  In all of those years, Virginia didn’t feel like it was under attack; it was, but I wasn’t “Red Pilled.”  The January 20th, Lobby was certainly a defense put up by Pro-Right Americans under a well-funded Anti-Right Bloomberg attack.

If you do not attend or engage in Pro-Right Second Amendment Events and Lobbies, you should if you want future generations to experience our Freedoms.  If you already engage, please do more. As Tom recommends, spend twenty minutes a day in learning more about Second Amendment News, calling and writing your Representatives, donating a few dollars to your local Gun Right Groups and taking the uninitiated to a Gun Range.  It is the best inoculation to the gun control media’s lies.

If you get a chance to see Richmond and walk the streets of the Lobby, please do.  James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange, VA is not far from Richmond.  Walk the steps of Father of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. It is an education in why we have the Second Amendment.  Hanging out with people smarter and better than you in that walk will only help you lean in that direction. You will be more effective and helpful just the like the folks who Lobbied in Richmond… Just do it ex ante versus ex post facto.

Should the Originators of Gun-Free Zones be Civilly and Fiscally Responsible for Harm Caused by Their Actions?

By Jay D. Hunt, III, Ph.D.

The Constitutions of both the United States and the State of Louisiana are quite clear: Individuals have the God-given Right to protect themselves and those they love. In 2008 in Heller v. the District of Columbia, the US Supreme Court held that, because the framers understood the right of self-defense to be “the central component” of the right to keep and bear arms, the Second Amendment implicitly protects the right “to use arms in defense of hearth and home.” Also, in 2008 in McDonald v. City of Chicago, the US Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment, which guarantees “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms,” applies to state and local governments as well as to the federal government.

It’s natural in any free society that rational people will disagree, and governments have allowed individuals to declare their property “Gun-Free Zones.” I think we can all agree that any person has the right to decide that they don’t want firearms in their home, and by extension, has the right to ask guests to not bring a firearm into their home. Most of those reading this essay might question the wisdom of that request, but we all agree that it is the homeowner’s right to declare their home a “Gun-Free Zone.”

The question becomes somewhat more complex, however, when the “Gun-Free Zone” is a public location. As we know, public schools and government buildings in Louisiana have been declared “Gun-Free Zones.” The wisdom of that is certainly questionable, but as a lady once told me, “Dems da rules!” Likewise, the courts have all agreed that the owner of a business may declare their business a “Gun-Free Zone” and ask their customers to disarm before entering a premise. All over Chicago one sees the ubiquitous red circle with a slash through it over a Berretta Model 92 reminding concealed carry holders in Illinois that they are not welcomed in those locations.

When declaring an area a “Gun-Free Zone,” the business owner is, by definition, depriving an individual of the right of self-defense. However, as a customer, I have the ability to avoid that business (and I personally always do so to avoid being disarmed in a public place). Economist John Lott, Ph.D. has noted, “With just one single exception — the attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011 — every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.” This claim seems improbable, and I have not personally verified the veracity of his claim. However, we do know that the “Gun-Free” School Zones implemented by President Clinton have been unmitigated disasters. We know that military bases were also made “Gun-Free Zones” by President Clinton and that mass shootings on bases have risen since then. We know that the Aurora, CO movie theater was a “Gun-Free Zone.”

The obvious question is, should those who actively enforce “Gun-Free Zones,” including governments be responsible for any gun violence that occurs in those zones?

A number of like-minded legislators have attempted to do just that. In Michigan, a Republican state representative introduced legislation that would hold government offices and private businesses liable if anyone is injured during a shooting in a “Gun-Free Zone” on their premises. Michigan State Rep. Gary Eisen introduced HB 4975, which would revoke governmental immunity from lawsuits arising from injuries sustained on government property where guns are banned. He is also sponsored HB 4976, which would make a government, business or individual that designates a property a “Gun-Free Zone” responsible for the safety of individuals who enter it. In Tennessee, a Republican state senator introduced SB 1736, which would allow any Tennessean with a valid gun permit to sue a property owner in the event of injury or death provided the incident occurred while in a “Gun-Free Zone.” Similar legislative efforts have also been proposed in Arizona, Florida, and Missouri.

Is it time for Louisiana to join the debate? Should the LSA lobby for legislation that would hold state and local government as well as private business owners responsible for disarming concealed carry holders? What do you think?

Rally for the Second on the Second!

If you’re reading this article, then you highly likely value your constitutional right to bear arms. Our Second Amendment is in need of a voice now more than ever. We are that voice; we are the gun lobby! If we choose to stand by with a passive approach, our rights will continue to be chipped away leaving us without one of the natural rights for which our country was created.

Join us in Washington, DC on November 2nd, 2019 at the Second Amendment Rally and make your voice heard. The Second Amendment Rally is a grassroots event, organized and funded by grassroots activists, open to all supporters of the Constitution and lovers of liberty.

Current Announced Speakers (More to be announced!)

  • Eric Blandford (IV8888)
  • Craig Deluz (FPC)
  • Dianna Muller (DC Project)
  • Jonathan Patton (TGC)
  • Mike Sodini (WTTA)
  • Chris Cheng (Topshot)
  • Joshua Prince (Lawyer)
  • Erich Pratt (GOA)
  • Kevin Dixie (NOC)
  • Kenn Blanchard (Black Man with a Gun)
  • Gabby Franco (competitive shooter)
  • Cheryl Todd (Gun Freedom Radio)
  • Matt Larosiere (Firearms Policy Coalition)
  • Maj Toure (Black Guns Matter)
  • Rob Pincus (2nd Amendment Organization)
  • Jeff Knox (Firearms Coalition)
  • Anthony Colandro (Gun For Hire)
  • Amy Dillon (Legacy Defense)
  • Kerry Slone (We the Female)
  • Cam Edwards (Bearing Arms)
  • Tim Harmsen (Military Arms Channel)
  • Todd Fossey (Integrative Defense Strategies)
  • Edgar Antillon (Guns for Everyone)
  • Alexander Roubian (NJ 2A Society)
  • Timothy Knight (2A Grassroots Activist)
  • Anthony Garcia (Save The Second)

Date & Location

The 2nd Amendment Rally will take place on Saturday November 2nd, 2019 in Washington, DC. The rally begins in front of the Capitol Building (WEST LAWN – National Mall Side) at 12:30PM. Hotels, lodging, and parking are readily available throughout the greater Washington, DC and surrounding areas. 

You can signup and get more information here.

Gun Rights Policy Conference

by Daniel E. Zelenka, II

Our good friend and LSA Life Member Tom Gresham has been telling me for several years that I needed to attend the Gun Rights Policy Conference. He was right. Words cannot express how right he was. Imagine for a minute a conference attended by more than 1,000 gun rights activists. I am not talking about the few of us who go to rallies or attend a hearing or two at the capital. Rest assured there were plenty of those guys and gals in attendance. However, also attending and speaking were the attorneys that are handling the most important gun rights cases of our time like Heller, McDonald, and Ezell. There were gun rights advocates of every description. Maj Toure from Black Guns Matter, Lara Smith from the Liberal Gun Club, representatives from Pink Pistols, Alan Korwin of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, representatives from Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership and a host of representatives from state associations and other groups connected with the gun rights movement including John Lott and Alan Gottlieb. It was awesome and eye opening.

We spent three days listening to speakers and networking with like minded individuals. It was great hearing from the national spokesperson for the Liberal Gun Club state that she was a true liberal but also owned an AR-15 and that she would not let the government take her 2nd Amendment rights or her AR-15 away. The Liberal Gun Club by the way has over 10,000 members. Who would have thought that? Many of the speakers spoke of their community outreach. An African American trainer from Detroit told of his outreach to inner city women who he trained for free. Last year he trained over 800 new shooters. This year it will be more than 1,000. The LGBTQ community has several groups who are spreading firearms ownership and more importantly the necessity of supporting the right to keep and bear arms to those non-traditional gun owners. I made a great number of connections with these non-traditional groups and look forward to working with them. We have more allies than you can believe if we just open our eyes and reach out to them.

We spent a lot of time discussing gun rights related facts, how to take back the dialog and how to get our message across. There were lifetimes of experience in the gun rights struggle on tap. My biggest takeaway from the conference were that we have more allies than the media wants us to believe. This was not a gathering of “Old White Guys.” At least a third of the attendees were women and there were significant numbers of minority participants. All of these “non-traditional” gun owners were just as passionate about their gun rights a am I. After all, gun rights are civil rights and gun control in America has its roots in racism and prejudice. Be very careful that you don’t alienate these allies by being inconsiderate or prejudiced.

The next takeaway was the importance of personal contact in spreading the word about gun ownership and gun rights. The easiest way to bring someone into the gun rights fold is to introduce him or her to the shooting sports. The best way to do that is to bring them to the range. Many of the speakers discussed outreach programs in which they introduced new people to firearms and shooting. This outreach can be as simple as taking a non-gun owning friend or acquaintance to the range or in the case of professional trainers, volunteering to provide free introductory classes on a quarterly or even monthly basis. Take care to make the experience safe and enjoyable and more often than not you will create a new gun owner or at the very least a person who no longer views guns as frightening and gun owners as dangerous. Many people do not exercise their 2nd Amendment rights because they are ignorant of firearms, firearms ownership laws or even how to legally purchase them. Be helpful and you may create a convert to our side, and as we all know, converts tend to be the most zealous in their causes. If you cannot get to the legislature for a rally or a hearing, take a new person shooting. It is just as important.

Many speakers addressed the importance of language. We all get our hackles up when we hear someone talk about “assault weapons” because we know that it is a made-up term that can be infinitely expanded to mean any firearm the government wants to ban. However, there are many other terms that are in use by the anti-rights crowd that need to be corrected. As an example, note that I used the term “anti-rights” to describe what the media used to call the “anti-gun” and now calls “gun safety” crowd. We are not “pro-gun,” we are “pro-rights.” Likewise, they are not “anti-gun” (and for damned sure they are not for “gun safety”), they are “anti-rights.” It may be a little thing, but isn’t painting the opposition as “anti-rights” a more powerful statement than simply calling them “anti-gun?” Another example is the media referring to mass murders as “shootings” and mass murderers as “shooters.” Shooting is one of the most popular sports in the United States with a long tradition. Referring to mass murders as shootings and their perpetrators as shooters demeans the shooting sports and all its participants. Don’t allow it. When you hear someone using a term that has prejudicial connotations, correct the speaker in a respectful manner. Hopefully, through doing so we can change the dialog to one more favorable (or at least neutral) for our side.

There were also panel discussions concerning what is happening in legislative fights in the states. We in Louisiana are lucky because we have been able to stave off the dozens of anti-rights bills that are filed in the legislature each year. We need to keep up the fight; and state associations, like LSA, are at the forefront of the struggle. One thing that I wanted to mention that caught my eye. Connecticut’s state association has over 30,000 members. LSA has barely over 1,000 members currently. We need to do better. If you are reading this but your current membership has lapsed, please renew. Also, for everyone reading this, please tell your friends about LSA and encourage them to join. The legislative fight for us is in Baton Rouge and at our local council meetings and having a strong state association is a great advantage.

Finally, the attorneys involved discussed recent court cases that have been handed down as well as those legal battles that were still being fought. You wouldn’t have to be an attorney to find these discussions interesting. In fact, much of the recent advancement in protecting and even expanding the right to keep and bear arms has come in the judicial arena, not the legislative. Court cases such as Heller, McDonald, Ezell and others have transformed the gun rights landscape. I cannot stress the impact of Heller’s holdings that the 2nd Amendment protects a fundamental, individual constitutional right and that those firearms in common use for lawful purposes are protected has had on our cause. These cases would not have come about but for the leadership and funding provided by the Second Amendment Foundation. I cannot recommend that organization highly enough. Each of us should support it.

The 35th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference will be held on September 19th and 20th in Orlando, Florida. There is no cost for attendance and discounted hotel rooms are available. I will certainly be there along with other members of the LSA board. I highly encourage any of you who wants to get involved in the gun rights movement to attend. You will be glad you did. Whether you attend or not, please join LSA in Baton Rouge next spring when the legislature again has hearings on gun rights bills. And last but not least, whether you do any of the above or not, please take a new person shooting and ensure that he or she has a safe and enjoyable time.

Ineffective Gun Laws Proposed in Congress

We at the LSA understand. Everyone is frustrated when a crazy person uses any weapon to kill anyone. When the press gets whipped up into a frenzy and blames law-abiding citizens and Civil Rights organizations for the carnage, we have to take a stand!

Please contact your Senators and Representative TODAY and urge them to oppose ineffective gun control measures that won’t make us any safer but will infringe on the rights of law-abiding gun owners. You can use this link to send them an email or call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Or, better yet, please contact them individually.

Senator Bill Cassidy – (R)
520 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-5824
www.cassidy.senate.gov/contact

Senator John Kennedy – (R)
416 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4623
www.kennedy.senate.gov/public/email-me

Representative Steve Scalise (R, District 1)
2049 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 225-3015
https://scalise.house.gov/

Representative Cedric L. Richmond (D, District 2)
506 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 225-6636
https://richmond.house.gov/

Representative Clay Higgins (R, District 3)
424 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 225-2031
https://clayhiggins.house.gov

Representative Mike Johnson (R, District 4)
418 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 225-2777
https://mikejohnson.house.gov

Representative Raoph Lee Abraham (R, District 5)
417 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 225-8490
https://abraham.house.gov/

Representative Garret Graves (R, District 6)
2402 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC 20510
(202) 225-3901
https://garretgraves.house.gov/


Hunter Advocacy

Many of our members are hunters. They have no real interest in firearm competition or collecting. However, they know the importance of preserving their Second Amendment Rights. They also know that many people are trying to take away their right to hunt, trap, and fish as well. Our partner organization, Safari Club International protects their right to hunt right here in Louisiana, the United States, and worldwide.

Safari Club International, the leader in the defense of wildlife management, conservation and hunting access on public land, is excited to announce the SCI Hunter Advocacy Action Center, a new service to engage hunters in the ongoing effort to protect their freedom to pursue their passion. This text alert system sends alerts directly to a participant’s mobile phone to make them aware of issues that may affect management, conservation, and hunting access on public land, plus national legislative issues, with links to take direct action.

This cutting edge service will help hunters mobilize against the forces that may seek to curtail their freedom to hunt through reducing public land access, altering scientific-based wildlife management policy or introducing legislation negatively affecting sound conservation policy. Individuals who register by texting ‘SCI’ to 73075 will not only receive alerts, but will receive instructions and links to take action on issues that directly affect them.

The SCI Hunter Advocacy Center on safariclub.org maintains an up-to-the-minute list of issues that users can register to receive alerts about, or they can simply text “SCI” to 73075 and be notified based on their area code. Users who have an area code not related to their residence are encouraged to click the acknowledgement link and complete their registration with an address so they receive relevant alerts. The system will service the United States and Canada. Visit safariclub.org/hunter-advocacy-action-center to view issues SCI is currently monitoring and register to receive alerts.

Safari Club International – First For Hunters is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. SCI’s approximately 200 Chapters represent all 50 of the United States as well as 106 other countries. SCI’s proactive leadership in a host of cooperative wildlife conservation, outdoor education and humanitarian programs, with the SCI Foundation and other conservation groups, research institutions and government agencies, empowers sportsmen to be contributing community members and participants in sound wildlife management and conservation. Visit the home page www.SafariClub.org, or call (520) 620-1220 for more information.

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.