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
State Representative Damon J. Baldone (D-53) Vice Chairman
State Representative Roy Burrell (D-2)
State Representative Mickey James Guillory (D-41)
State Representative Frank A. Howard (R-24)
State Representative Walt Leger, III (D-91)
State Representative Joseph P. Lopinto III (R-80)
State Representative Barbara Norton (D-3)
State Representative Charmaine Marchand Stiaes (D-99)
State Representative Ricky J. Templet (R-85)
Senate Judiciary B Committee
Senator Daniel Martiny (Chairman)
Senator David Heitmeier (Vice-Chairman)
Senator John A. Alario, Jr.
Senator Norby Chabert
Senator Lydia P. Jackson
Senator Karen Carter Peterson