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Louisiana Enacts NRA-Supported Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Law

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

FAIRFAX, VA -- Louisiana Right-to-Carry permit holders can now lawfully carry firearms in nearly 30 states thanks to a new reciprocity law (SB 837) signed by Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco.  Strongly supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA), SB 837 requires Louisiana to recognize Right-to-Carry permits from states that honor Louisiana permits.  Governor Blanco held a ceremonial bill signing today in Baton Rouge with representatives from the National Rifle Association and the Department of Public Safety.

"Respecting the rights of law-abiding citizens transcends state boundaries," said Chris W. Cox, NRA chief lobbyist.  "NRA is pleased Louisiana has taken a huge step forward on the self-defense issue by recognizing Right-to-Carry permits of other states. 

"Violent crime can occur anywhere and at anytime.  Law-abiding citizens shouldn`t have to leave their right to self-defense at the state line," added Cox.  "With this new reciprocity agreement, thousands of Right-to-Carry permit holders will increase their safety when traveling to and from Louisiana."

This law increases the number of states where Louisiana Right-to-Carry permits are valid from five to roughly 30. 

"I would like to thank bill sponsor Senator James David Cain (R-Dry Creek), Representative Steve J. Scalise (R-Metairie) and Governor Blanco for their hard work to enact this important self-defense law.   And, as always, a special thanks is extended to the countless gun owners and NRA members who called and sent letters in support of this legislation," concluded Cox.


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