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Pro-Gun Bill Passes and Anti-Gun Bill Stalls in the Louisiana Senate

Friday, May 21, 2010

On Wednesday, May 19, the Louisiana Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 534, which would bring Louisiana into agreement with a recently passed federal law that allows the carrying and possession of firearms in national parks and wildlife refuges in accordance with applicable state carry laws. 

In addition, Senate Bill 526, has come to a halt in the Louisiana Senate which grants a temporary victory for gun owners in the Pelican State.  SB526, introduced by State Senator Edwin R. Murray (D-4), would prohibit firearms on all property belonging to the New Orleans Sewage and Water Board.

State Senator Troy Hebert (I-22) introduced SB534, which would allow possession and transportation of any lawfully-owned firearm in state parks, state historic sites, state preservation areas, wildlife refuges, wildlife management areas and other areas controlled by the Office of State Parks.  This important change would benefit Louisiana gun owners when they visit both state and National Parks or Wildlife Refuges in Louisiana. SB534 would bring Louisiana into compliance with a new Federal law that went into effect on February 22.  Currently, SB 534 moves to the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee but has not yet been scheduled for a hearing.

SB 526 would also create an unnecessary exception to the recent law that prohibits employers from denying Louisianans the right 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. The creation of any exemption would undermine the law and undoubtedly lead to more attempts to remove our right to self-defense from places we lawfully frequent.  This bill is not finished just yet.  There is still a possibility that this bill may be considered again.  We thank our members for the calls and emails to your Senators which has kept this anti-gun bill from progressing in the legislature. 

Please contact the members of the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee TODAY and respectfully urge him or her to SUPPORT SB 534.  Please keep checking your email and our website at www.NRAILA.org for further updates on SB 534 and SB 526.

House Natural Resources and Environment Committee

State Representative Gordon E. Dove, Sr. (R-52) (Chairman)
(985)876-8823
larep052@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Karen Gaudet St. Germain (D-60) (Vice Chair)
(225)687-2410
larep060@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Bobby G. Badon (D-39)
(337)896-3482
badonb@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Robert E. Billiot (D-83)
(504)436-8929
billiotr@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Henry L. Burns (R-9)
(318)949-2463
burnsh@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Simone B. Champagne (D-49)
(337)276-4916
champags@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Franklin J. Foil (R-70)
(225)342-6777
foilf@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Jerry Gisclair (D-54)
(985)798-7707
gisclait@legis.state.la.us

State Representative John E. Guinn (R-37)
(337)824-0376
guinnj@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Joe Harrison (R-51)
(800)935-2081
harrisoj@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Reed S. Henderson (D-103)
(504)278-6599
hendersr@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Sam Jones (D-50)
(337)828-7778
joness@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Eddie J. Lambert (R-59)
(225)644-4947
larep059@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Samuel P. Little (R-14)
(318)556-7026
littles@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Jack Montoucet (D-42)
(337)783-2999
montoucj@legis.state.la.us

State Representative James H. Morris (R-1)
(318)995-6852
larep001@legis.state.la.us

State Representative Patrick C. Williams (D-4)
(318)676-5990
larep004@legis.state.la.us

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