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Summary of Louisiana Senate Bill 51 (Act No. 684)<BR>Effective 08/15/08

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

  • Reaffirms the rights of law-abiding Louisianans to transport and store lawfully-possessed firearms in locked, privately-owned motor vehicles – including while traversing or parking in any parking lot, parking garage or other parking area   

  • States that no property owner, tenant, public or private employer, or business entity shall prohibit any person from transporting and storing a lawfully-possessed firearm in a locked, privately-owned motor vehicle    

  •  A public or private employer or business entity may restrict the transportation and storage of lawfully-possessed firearms in locked private motor vehicles in their parking areas ONLY IF public access is restricted or limited to those areas (can be through the use of a gate, fence, security station, signage, etc.) AND the employer or business ALSO meets one of the following conditions: (1) the employer or business provides facilities for temporary storage of unloaded firearms; OR (2) the employer or business entity provides an alternative parking area reasonably close to the main parking area in which employees, customers or visitors may transport and store firearms in locked vehicles 

  • An employer or business entity may adopt policies specifying that firearms in locked, privately-owned motor vehicles parked on their property must be hidden from plain view or stored within a locked case or container within the vehicle 

  • The law does not apply to property where the possession of firearms is prohibited under state or federal law 

  • The law does not apply to any vehicle owned or leased by a public or private employer or business entity and used by an employee in the course of his or her employment

  • Grants property owners, tenants, public or private employers, and business entities immunity from civil liability for damages resulting from or arising out of an occurrence involving a firearm transported or stored pursuant to the Act (except in cases where the property owner, tenant, employer or business violates the Act itself)
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