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Louisiana: Right-to-Carry Reform Needs Your Support

Monday, April 26, 2010

On Tuesday, April 27, the Senate Judiciary B Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 81 at 9:30AM in Room E.  This legislation, introduced by State Senator Daniel Martiny (R-10), would exempt concealed carry permit holders from the 1,000 foot “Gun Free School Zone.”  State Representative Ernest Wooton (R-105) introduced the companion bill, House Bill 556, which is scheduled to be heard by the Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice Wednesday, April 28, at 9:30AM in room HCR-6. 

State law prohibits any individual from possessing a firearm within approximately a quarter mile of any school property, even concealed carry permit licensees. An individual does not have to know that they’re within the 1000 foot zone and the penalty for violation of this statute is a felony.

Although the current state prohibition does not apply to possession of a firearm on or in private property (e.g. home, automobile, land, or place of business), it has very real impact on law-abiding Louisianans’ ability to protect themselves and their families in everyday situations, such as walking the dog or walking home at night from work.

Please contact members of the Senate Judiciary B Committee and the House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice TODAY!  Respectfully urge them to support SB 81 and HB 556.  Contact information for the committee members is listed below.

Senate Judiciary B Committee

Senator Daniel Martiny (Chairman)
(504) 834-7676
martinyd@legis.state.la.us

Senator David Heitmeier (Vice-Chairman)
(504) 361-6356
heitmeid@legis.state.la.us

Senator John A. Alario, Jr.
(504) 340-2221
alarioj@legis.state.la.us

Senator Norby Chabert
(985) 858-2927
chabertn@legis.state.la.us

Senator Lydia P. Jackson
(318) 676-7029
jacksonl@legis.state.la.us

Senator Eric LaFleur
(337) 363-5019
lafleure@legis.state.la.us

Senator Karen Carter Peterson
(504) 568-8346
petersonk@legis.state.la.us

House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice

State Representative Ernest Wooten (R-105) Chairman
(504)393-5649
larep105@legis.state.la.us 

State Representative Damon J. Baldone (D-53) Vice Chairman
(985)876-8872

larep053@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Roy Burrell (D-2)
(318)676-7137
larep002@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Mickey James Guillory (D-41)
(337)457-0194

larep041@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Lowell C. Hazel (R-27)
(318)767-6082
hazelc@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Frank A. Howard (R-24)
(318)256-4135
howardf@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Walt Leger, III (D-91)
(504)556-9970
legerw@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Joseph P. Lopinto III (R-80)
(504)456-3806

lopintoj@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Barbara Norton (D-3)
(318)632-5887
nortonb@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Jonathan W. Perry (R-47)
(337)893-5035

perryj@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Gary Smith, Jr. (D-56)
(985)764-9122
larep56@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Charmaine Marchand Stiaes (D-99)
(504)942-7835
larep099@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Ricky J. Templet (R-85)
(504)361-6013

templetr@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Ledricka Johnson Thierry (D-40)
(337)948-0369
thierryl@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Mack A. "Bodi" White, Jr. (R-64)
(225)791-2199
larep064@legis.state.la.us

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