Your Help is Still Needed to Defeat Another Gun Control Measure in the Same Committee
House Bill 826, NRA-opposed legislation sponsored by state Representative Wesley Bishop (D-New Orleans) to repeal Louisiana's "stand your ground" statute, has been removed from Wednesday's House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee schedule. However, another anti-gun measure is on the committee agenda and your help is still needed to stop that one in its tracks!
House Bill 1189, sponsored by state Representative Barbara Norton (D-Shreveport), would make it a crime to intentionally, or with criminal negligence, expose children, age ten and under, to firearms that are not locked in a container or equipped with a locking device. If passed and enacted into law, HB 1189 would require all Louisianans with children in this age group to render firearms inoperable, thereby hindering their immediate use for protection and failing to take into account each family’s own self-defense needs.
Although there are exceptions in HB 1189 for formalized instruction and shooting with your children at an established range or while hunting, parents would not be able to show their kids how to safely handle a firearm at home or to shoot recreationally on their own property without possibly violating this act. In fact, the term "exposure" is so broad in HB 1189, it could prohibit taking your child to a firearms museum, a parade that involves participants marching with firearms, or a military funeral with a gun salute!
If the goal is to further reduce firearm accidents among children, Louisianans should encourage schools, law enforcement agencies and local communities to share the life-saving message of the NRA Eddie Eagle children's firearms safety program. Kids are taught that if they encounter a gun while unsupervised, they should "STOP. DON'T TOUCH. LEAVE THE AREA. TELL AN ADULT!" This would do more to make Louisiana children safer than ill-conceived legislation such as HB 1189.
Here's what you can do to help stop this bill:
Attend tomorrow's hearing at 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 6 of the State Capitol. Upon arrival at the committee room, you will want to complete and sign a RED card against HB 1189. You may indicate on the card whether you wish to speak or simply register your opposition to this measure.
Using the contact information provided below, please call AND e-mail members of the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee and politely urge them to OPPOSE HB 1189. Additionally, messages can be left for all state Representatives at the state Capitol during the week by calling (225) 342-6945.
House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee:
Rep. Joe Lopinto (R-Metairie), Chairman
Rep. Helena Moreno (D-New Orleans), Vice-Chairman
Rep. Bryan Adams (R-Gretna)
Rep. Austin Badon (D-New Orleans)
Rep. Terry Brown (I-Colfax)
Rep. Roy Burrell (D-Shreveport)
Rep. Mickey Guillory (D-Eunice)
Rep. Chris Hazel (R-Pineville)
Rep. Valarie Hodges (R-Denham Springs)
Rep. Dalton Honore (D-Baton Rouge)
Rep. Frank Howard (R-Many)
Rep. Terry Landry (D-New Iberia)
Rep. Sherman Mack (R-Livingston)
Rep. Barbara Norton (D-Shreveport)
Rep. Steven Pylant (R-Winnsboro)
Rep. Ebony Woodruff (D-Harvey)