2016 Regular Session Starts This Week!
Today, the Louisiana Legislature convenes for its 2016 Regular Session. Several important pro-self-defense measures were pre-filed in advance of session and will soon receive referrals to the anticipated committees listed below.
Senate Bill 202, sponsored by state Senator Neil Riser (R-Columbia), would provide victims of domestic abuse an immediate way to legally protect themselves by allowing petitioners of protective orders to temporarily carry handguns for self-defense while considering training options or waiting for their carry permits to be approved. SB 202 will soon be sent to the Senate Judiciary B Committee; please contact the committee members below and urge them to support this important self-defense legislation.
House Bill 121, sponsored by state Representative Valarie Hodges (R-Denham Springs), would expand self-defense rights for carry permit holders by clarifying that state agencies and local governments cannot establish "gun-free zones" beyond those locations that are listed as off-limits under the state's concealed carry law. The legislation would impose civil fines on entities that maintain illegal ordinances and establish a legal remedy for citizens who are adversely impacted by restrictions enacted outside the scope of agencies' and localities' legal authority. Rep. Hodges also pre-filed House Bill 176, legislation similar in language and purpose to SB 202, described above. HB 121 & HB 176 will soon be referred to the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee; please contact committee members and urge them to support these key personal protection measures.
You can contact members of both committees by clicking here or the Take Action button above.