“Gun Day” at House and Senate Committees: April 12, 2022

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“Gun Day” at House and Senate Committees
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
ACTION REQUIRED!
On Tuesday, April 12, 2022:
The House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice will hear 11 bills that have important Louisiana Second Amendment implications. The House Committee hearings will be in Committee Room 6 starting at 10:00 AM.
The Senate Judiciary C Committee will hear 1 bill that has important Louisiana Second Amendment implications. The Senate Committee hearing will start at 9:30 AM.
When you arrive in the room, ask the security guard for green cards and red cards. Complete them and hand them back to the guard. The LSA has taken a position on 10 of the 12 bills.
If you can attend this meeting, please fill out Green Cards to Support HB37, HB43, HB464, HB483, HB868, and HB897 and Red Cards to Oppose HB101, HB209, HB949 and SB327.
You do not have to speak to make your position known. In many cases, it’s best to let the professionals do the speaking for you!
Whether you attend or not, please send the following emails today!
HB464 by Rep. Seabaugh This is an extremely important bill. It provides additional due process protections to people accused of Domestic Violence in a civil proceeding and raises the burden of proof. There are too many cases of false claims being made for leverage in divorce cases where a person can lose their Second Amendment Rights and have their firearms confiscated without due process.
Right now, but absolutely no later than Monday, Aoril 11 by Noon send this email to h-acrj@legis.la.gov:
Dear Mr. Chairman,
I SUPPORT HB464. Under current law, a person can lose their Civil Right protected under the Second Amendment by simply presenting a credible threat. This is a very low threshold for one to lose a Right guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. The proposed law would increase the standard to one of clear and convincing evidence. I appreciate your support.
Sincerely,
[Insert your name]
[Insert your mailing address]
HB209 by Rep. Landry This is an absolutely HORRIBLE bill and must be killed. This bill is designed to remove the preemption protections under current laws. It would allow the 367 local governing entities throughout the state to make their own firearms laws. A law abiding citizen could easily violate a law simply by driving his or her car across a municipality border without an intent to do so. This law is an awful idea!
Right now, but absolutely no later than Monday, Aoril 11 by Noon send this email to h-acrj@legis.la.gov:
Dear Mr. Chairman,
I STRONGLY OPPOSE HB209. Under current law, the governing authority of a political subdivision is prohibited from enacting any ordinance or regulation more restrictive than state law concerning in any way the sale, purchase, possession, ownership, transfer, transportation, license, or registration of firearms, ammunition, or components of firearms or ammunition. The proposed law would change this and allow a patchwork of laws throughout the state. A law abiding citizen could easily violate the law by simply crossing a border into a different municipality. This is a horrible idea. Please join me in opposing this bill.
Sincerely,
[Insert your name]
[Insert your mailing address]
SB327 “Red Flag Law” by Sen. Carter This bill will remove one’s Second Amendment Rights without adequate due process. The proposed law would allow a district attorney or an assistant district attorney to petition a court to seize any firearm from any person when the petitioner has probable cause to believe any of a number of situations apply. Like most “red flag” laws, the goal of the law is laudable but it falls short in failing to recognize that the Right to Bear Arms is a Civil Right guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, and there is inadequate due process to protect one’s rights. The proposed law is severely flawed.
Right now, but absolutely no later than Monday, Aoril 11 by Noon send this email to sjudc@legis.la.gov:
Dear Mr. Chairman,
I STRONGLY OPPOSE SB327. The proposed “Red Flag” law is severely flawed. The Right to Bear Arms is a Civil Right guaranteed under our Bill of Rights. This right should not be removed simply because a petitioner asks a DA or ADA to petition a court. As you no doubt can see, this proposed law could easily result in the wrongful violation of one’s Civil Rights without any due process. This is a horrible idea. Please join me in opposing this bill.
Sincerely,
[Insert your name]
[Insert your mailing address]
Additional Information on Other Bills SUPPORTED by LSA
HB37 “Constitutional Carry” Bill by Rep. McCormick A similar measure was passed by the House and Senate last year and has strong support by Louisiana citizens, despite the misinformation the Governor used last year to defend his veto of that measure. The Governor has shown that he will use any and all of his political clout to keep Constitutional Carry from happening on his watch. The LSA strongly supports this Bill and will speak on its behalf, but the reality is that this is unlikely to become law with a Democrat in the Governor’s mansion.
HB43 “Sanctuary State” Bill by Rep. Frieman Although mainly symbolic, the Federal government has recently shown a strong propensity to infringe upon the Second Amendment Rights of Louisiana Citizens. HB43 provides that a federal action infringing upon a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms shall be held invalid and of no effect in this state, regardless if enacted after Jan. 1, 2022.
HB483 by Rep. Travis Johnson would shorten the length of time for a person with a felony conviction to possess a concealed weapon or apply for a concealed handgun permit from 10 years to 5 years.
HB868 by Rep. Miguez would direct the State Police to provide a 2-hour online handgun education course at no cost to Louisiana residents. The course would be completely optional and would not be required for obtaining a concealed handgun permit.
HB897 by Rep. Charles Owen would allow members of the Armed Forces of the US stationed in Louisiana on Active or Reserve Duty to obtain a concealed handgun permit.
Additional Information on Other Bills OPPOSED by LSA
HB101 by Rep. McCormick vastly expands the definition of justifiable homicide to include for the purpose of preventing imminent destruction of property or imminent threat of tumultuous and violent conduct during a riot. While this legislation may sound acceptable to you on the surface, please consider that under Louisiana law a riot is defined as 3 or more people. So, in theory, someone could shoot and kill a person if three people are standing next to your car and threaten to scratch it. This bill has the potential for too many unintended BAD consequences.
HB949 by Rep. Phelps Under current law, a juvenile (defined as a person less than 18 years of age) may not knowingly posses a handgun on their person. The proposed law removes the requirement that the handgun be possessed on the offender’s person for the offense to apply. Under the proposed law, it would be illegal for a juvenile to be in a vehicle with a handgun, even if that juvenile does not know the handgun is in the vehicle.

 

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