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Two Pro-Gun Bills Continue to Advance in Louisiana!

Friday, May 7, 2010

The full Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 81 on Wednesday, May 5.  The legislation, introduced by State Senator Daniel Martiny (R-10), would exempt concealed carry permit holders from the ban on carrying within 1,000 foot “Gun Free School Zone.”  The bill now moves to the House Criminal Justice Committee for consideration.   

The companion bill, House Bill 556, sponsored by State Representative Ernest Wooton (R-105), previously passed in the House by a vote of 96 to 1 on Thursday, May 6.  HB556 now heads to the Senate Judiciary B Committee for consideration. 

State law prohibits any individual, even concealed carry permit licensees from possessing a firearm within 1,000 feet of any school property. An individual does not have to know that he or she is within the 1,000 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 in or on private property (home, automobile, land, or place of business), it has a very real impact on law-abiding Louisianans’ ability to protect themselves and their families in everyday situations, such as while walking the dog or walking home at night from work.

Please contact the members of the House Criminal Justice and Senate Judiciary B Committees Today.  Respectfully urge them to support SB81 and HB556.  Contact information for the committee members is listed below. 

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

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
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