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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

larep086@legis.state.la.us

(504) 393-5646

 

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

larep021@legis.state.la.us

(318) 336-5865

 

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

armesj@legis.state.la.us

(337) 238-7004

 

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

larep102@legis.state.la.us

(504) 393-5801

 

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

larep100@legis.state.la.us

(504) 243-7783

 

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

badonb@legis.state.la.us

(337) 896-3482

 

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

larep053@legis.state.la.us

(985) 876-8872

 

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

burfordr@legis.state.la.us

(318) 925-9588

 

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

burnsh@legis.state.la.us

(318) 949-2463

 

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

larep089@legis.state.la.us

(985) 624-4492

 

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

carmodyt@legis.state.la.us

(318) 862-9956

 

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

champags@legis.state.la.us

(337) 276-4916

 

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

larep022@legis.state.la.us

(318) 899-1193

 

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

chaneyb@legis.state.la.us

(318) 728-5875

 

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

cortezp@legis.state.la.us

(337) 993-7430

 

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

dixonh@legis.state.la.us

(318) 487-5661

 

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

larep010@legis.state.la.us

(318) 371-3092

 

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

edwardsj@legis.state.la.us

(985) 748-2245

 

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

ellingtn@legis.state.la.us

(318) 435-7313

 

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

larep013@legis.state.la.us

(318) 259-6620

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

larep035@legis.state.la.us

(337) 491-2315

 

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

gisclait@legis.state.la.us

(985) 798-7707

 

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

larep066@legis.state.la.us

(225) 275-8064

 

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

larep041@legis.state.la.us

(337) 457-0194

 

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

guinnj@legis.state.la.us

(337) 824-0376

 

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

hazelc@legis.state.la.us

(318) 767-6082

 

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

hendersr@legis.state.la.us

(504) 278-6599

 

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

henryc@legis.state.la.us

(504) 736-7135

 

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

hilld@legis.state.la.us

(800) 259-2118

 

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

hinesw@legis.state.la.us

(504) 756-4675

 

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

hoffmanf@legis.state.la.us

(318) 362-4130

 

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

howardf@legis.state.la.us

(318) 256-4135

 

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

johnsoro@legis.state.la.us

(318) 253-8891

 

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

joness@legis.state.la.us

(337) 828-7778

 

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

larep016@legis.state.la.us

(318) 340-0800

 

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

larep036@legis.state.la.us

(337) 475-3016

 

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

larep081@legis.state.la.us

(504) 833-7788

 

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

larep059@legis.state.la.us

(225) 644-4947

 

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

lebasb@legis.state.la.us

(337) 363-0152

 

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

ligit@legis.state.la.us

(504) 456-3173

 

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

littles@legis.state.la.us

(318) 556-7026

 

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

lopintoj@legis.state.la.us

(504) 456-3806

 

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

larep094@legis.state.la.us

(504) 483-4711

 

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

larep062@legis.state.la.us

(225) 634-7470

 

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

larep046@legis.state.la.us

(337) 845-4240

 

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

montoucj@legis.state.la.us

(337) 783-2999

 

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

larep001@legis.state.la.us

(318) 995-6852

 

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

nowlinr@legis.state.la.us

(318) 357-7048

 

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

pearsonk@legis.state.la.us

(985) 646-6487

 

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

perryj@legis.state.la.us

(337) 893-5035

 

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

pontie@legis.state.la.us

(225) 362-5301

 

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

pughs@legis.state.la.us

(985) 386-7844

 

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

richardj@legis.state.la.us

(985) 447-0999

 

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

larep075@legis.state.la.us

(985) 730-2147

 

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

larep045@legis.state.la.us

(337) 984-1091

 

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

royc@legis.state.la.us

(318) 767-6095

 

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

schrodej@legis.state.la.us

(985) 893-6262

 

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

simons@legis.state.la.us

(985) 893-6246

 

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

larep088@legis.state.la.us

(225) 698-9694

 

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

larep008@legis.state.la.us

(318) 741-2825

 

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

talbotk@legis.state.la.us

(504) 736-7299

 

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

templetr@legis.state.la.us

(504) 361-6013

 

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

larep005@legis.state.la.us

(318) 219-9000

 

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

larep064@legis.state.la.us

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

 

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

willmott@legis.state.la.us

(504) 465-3479

 

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

larep105@legis.state.la.us

(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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