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Louisiana: Your Right of Self-Defense Now Heads to Governor!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Please Call and Thank Your State Representative Today! 

On Friday morning, June 20, the Louisiana House approved NRA-backed Senate Bill 51, sponsored by State Senator Joe McPherson (D-Woodworth), by a vote of 66-35.  SB 51 affirms the rights of law-abiding Louisianans to transport and store firearms in their locked, private motor vehicles, and prohibits property owners, tenants, public or private employers, and businesses from infringing on this right in their parking areas.  Late Friday afternoon, the Senate unanimously agreed to House amendments clarifying immunity and liability provisions for businesses. 

SB 51 now heads to Governor Bobby Jindal (R) for his expected signature.  Thanks to your phone calls and emails in support of SB 51, we were able to overcome significant opposition from business and industry groups and pass this important bill into law.  Special thanks go out to State Representatives Ernest Wooton (R-Belle Chasse) and Bodi White (R-Denham Springs) for successfully handling the measure on the House floor.

SB 51 allows all law-abiding employees, invitees, and customers to keep firearms locked in their vehicles while parked on publicly accessible parking lots, unless state or federal law already prohibits the possession of firearms on the premises, or the vehicle in question is company-owned or leased.  While SB 51 primarily affects parking lots that are accessible to the general public, businesses which provide secure parking for its customers or employees (parking that is inaccessible to the general public) must also provide storage facilities, such as lockers, for their customers or employees to temporarily place their firearms, or provide alternative parking for customers or employees who wish to transport and store firearms in their private motor vehicles.  That alternative parking area must be reasonably close to the secure parking area.

The following State Representatives voted FOR SB 51 on the House floor.  Please call and email them and thank them for supporting SB 51.  The Legislature adjourns for the end of its session today, June 23, at 6:00 pm, so please contact them at their district offices:

District 86, State Representative Jim Tucker-Speaker of the House

(504) 393-5646


District 21, State Representative John “Andy” Anders (D-Vidalia)

(318) 336-5865


District 30, State Representative James Armes III (D-Leesville)

(337) 238-7004


District 102, State Representative Jeffrey Arnold (D-New Orleans)

(504) 393-5801


District 100, State Representative Austin Badon, Jr. (D-New Orleans)

(504) 243-7783


District 39, State Representative Bobby Badon (D-Carencro)

(337) 896-3482


District 53, State Representative Damon Baldone (D-Houma)

(985) 876-8872


District 7, State Representative Richard Burford (R-Stonewall)

(318) 925-9588


District 9, State Representative Henry Burns (R-Haughton)

(318) 949-2463


District 89, State Representative Timothy Burns (R-Mandeville)

(985) 624-4492


District 6, State Representative Thomas Carmody (R-Shreveport)

(318) 862-9956


District 49, State Representative Simone Champagne (D-Jeanerette)

(337) 276-4916


District 22, State Representative Billy Chandler (D-Dry Prong)

(318) 899-1193


District 19, State Representative Charles Chaney (D-Rayville)

(318) 728-5875


District 43, State Representative Patrick Cortez (R-Lafayette)

(337) 993-7430


District 26, State Representative Herbert Dixon (D-Alexandria)

(318) 487-5661


District 10, State Representative Jean Doerge (D-Minden)

(318) 371-3092


District 72, State Representative John Edwards (D-Amite)

(985) 748-2245


District 20, State Representative Noble Ellington (D-Winnsboro)

(318) 435-7313


District 13, State Representative James Fannin (D-Jonesboro)

(318) 259-6620

District 35, State Representative Brett Geymann (R-Lake Charles)

(337) 491-2315


District 54, State Representative Jerry Gisclair (D-Baton Rouge)

(985) 798-7707


District 66, State Representative Hunter Greene (R-Baton Rouge)

(225) 275-8064


District 41, State Representative Mickey Guillory (D-Eunice)

(337) 457-0194


District 37, State Representative John Guinn (R-Jennings)

(337) 824-0376


District 27, State Representative Lowell Hazel (R-Pineville)

(318) 767-6082


District 103, State Representative Reed Henderson (D-Baton Rouge)

(504) 278-6599


District 82, State Representative Cameron Henry (R-New Orleans)

(504) 736-7135


District 32, State Representative Dorothy Hill (D-Dry Creek)

(800) 259-2118


District 95, State Representative Walker Hines (D-Baton Rouge)

(504) 756-4675


District 15, State Representative Frank Hoffman (R-West Monroe)

(318) 362-4130


District 24, State Representative Frank Howard (R-Many)

(318) 256-4135


District 28, State Representative Robert Johnson (D-Marksville)

(318) 253-8891


District 50, State Representative Sam Jones (D-Franklin)

(337) 828-7778


District 16, State Representative Kay Katz (R-Monroe)

(318) 340-0800


District 36, State Representative Chuck Kleckley (R-Lake Charles)

(337) 475-3016


District 81, State Representative John LaBruzzo (R-Metairie)

(504) 833-7788


District 59, State Representative Eddie Lambert (R-Gonzales)

(225) 644-4947


District 38, State Representative Bernard LeBas (D-Ville Platte)

(337) 363-0152


District 79, State Representative Anthony Ligi, Jr. (R-Metairie)

(504) 456-3173


District 14, State Representative Samuel Little (R-Bastrop)

(318) 556-7026


District 80, State Representative Joseph Lopinto III (R-Metairie)

(504) 456-3806


District 94, State Representative Nicholas Lorusso (R-New Orleans)

(504) 483-4711


District 62, State Representative Thomas McVea (R-Jackson)

(225) 634-7470


District 46, State Representative Fred Mills, Jr. (D-Parks)

(337) 845-4240


District 42, State Representative Jack Montoucet (D-Crowley)

(337) 783-2999


District 1, State Representative James Morris (R-Oil City)

(318) 995-6852


District 23, State Representative Rickey Nowlin (R-Natchitoches)

(318) 357-7048


District 76, State Representative Kevin Pearson (R-Slidell)

(985) 646-6487


District 47, State Representative Jonathan Perry (R-Abbeville)

(337) 893-5035


District 69, State Representative Erich Ponti (R-Baton Rouge)

(225) 362-5301


District 73, State Representative Stephen Pugh (R-Ponchatoula)

(985) 386-7844


District 55, State Representative Jerome Richard (I-Thibodaux)

(985) 447-0999


District 75, State Representative Harold Ritchie (D-Bogalusa)

(985) 730-2147


District 45, State Representative Joel Robideaux (I-Lafayette)

(337) 984-1091


District 25, State Representative Christopher Roy, Jr. (D-Alexandria)

(318) 767-6095


District 77, State Representative John Schroder (R-Covington)

(985) 893-6262


District 74, State Representative Scott Simon (R-Abita Springs)

(985) 893-6246


District 88, State Representative M.J. “Mert” Smiley, Jr. (R-Port Vincent)

(225) 698-9694


District 8, State Representative Jane Smith (R-Bossier City)

(318) 741-2825


District 78, State Representative Kirk Talbot (R-River Ridge)

(504) 736-7299


District 85, State Representative Ricky Templet (R-Gretna)

(504) 361-6013


District 5, State Representative Wayne Waddell (R-Shreveport)

(318) 219-9000


District 64, State Representative Mack “Bodi” White, Jr. (R-Denham Springs)

(225) 791-2199 or (800) 408-9764


District 92, State Representative Thomas Willmott (R-Kenner)

(504) 465-3479


District 105, State Representative Ernest Wooton (R-Belle Chasse)

(504) 393-5649 

PS - This session, the Legislature also approved HB 399 introduced by State Representative Wooton, which made a number of changes to the state's right-to-carry law, including a provision to make records on permit holders confidential.  That makes Louisiana the 29th state to adopt a confidentiality provision to its carry law!  Thanks to State Senator Danny Martiny (R) and State Representative Cameron Henry (R) for working to add this important provision to HB 399.

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