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Defend Louisiana is following all legislation affecting the rights of gun owners and hunters in Louisiana. The following bills have been pre-filed for the upcoming 2013 legislative session.
House Bill 4 – DEFEATED IN HOUSE COMMITTEE
Representative Barbara Norton (D-Dist. 3)
This bill would require all firearms to be secured in a locked container, or to have firearms rendered inoperable with a safety device. The penalty for a first offense is $300, and for the second and subsequent a fine of $500 and/or six months in prison.
House Bill 5 – Stalled on Senate floor
House Vote – 67 Yeas, 25 Nays
Representatives Jim Morris (R-Dist. 1), Ray Garofalo (R-Dist. 103), Brett Geymann (R-Dist. 35), Kenny Havard (R-Dist. 62), Eddie Lambert (R-Dist. 59), J. Rogers Pope (R-Dist. 71) and Jeff Thompson (R-Dist. 8)
This bill prohibits the enforcement of any federal law created after January 1, 2013 that outlaws semi-automatic firearms or any associated magazine, accessory, or ammunition. The bill provides for a penalty of $5000 and/or two years of prison time for federal officials attempting to enforce any such law, and gives authority to the state attorney general’s office to defend any Louisiana citizen who is charged with possession of any such firearm or accessory.
House Bill 6 – Passed House final vote, will go to Governor for signature or veto
House Vote – 91 Yeas, 0 Nays
Senate Vote – 34 Yeas, 2 Nays
Representative John Schroder (R-Dist. 77)
This bill allows for off-duty law enforcement officers to be in possession of weapons previously prohibited to them in firearm-free zones, while on school-property, school related events, or in a firearm-free zone.
This bill prohibits any employee of the Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections, absent a court order, to release any information contained in a concealed handgun permit. The bill also prohibits anyone other than an employee of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections to make public any information contained in a concealed handgun permit.
House Bill 21 – Substituted for HB 717 – House concurred with Senate amendments, will go to Governor for signature or veto
House Vote – 74 Yeas, 8 Nays
Senate Vote – 38 Yeas, 0 Nays
Representative Henry Burns (R-Dist. 9)
This bill requires the clerk of court to provide to the Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections information on persons who have been found to have mental disabilities that prevent them from standing trial and possessing a firearm. The bill then requires that the DPS&C provide that same information to the FBI within thirty days of receiving that information.
House Bill 45 – Stalled in Senate Finance Committee
House Vote – 75 Yeas, 20 Nays
Representative Joseph Lopinto (R-Dist. 80)
The bill declares that firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition manufactured in Louisiana, and that remain in the state, are not subject to federal law or regulation. The bill also provides qualifications to receive a dealer’s license to sell Louisiana manufactured firearms, accessories, and ammunition, and provides for the inspection of the manufacturing facility. Furthermore, under the proposed bill, manufacturers would be required to keep record of sales, shipments, and receipts. The bill allows for a collection of fees to receive a manufacturing or dealer’s license, which will be deposited in a new fund called “Louisiana Manufactured Firearms and Ammunition Fund.” Under the bill, all firearms manufactured in the state must be stamped with “Made in Louisiana.” The bill would create an alternative background check which originates with state police. The bill also sets qualifications to purchase a Louisiana manufactured firearm, and allows for seizure of illegally purchased or manufactured firearms.
This bill amends the definition of alcoholic beverage outlet for the purposes of the crime of carrying a firearm on the premises of an alcoholic beverage
This bill allows the sheriff of a parish to have the authority to issue a concealed handgun permit to any person who meets the guidelines outlined in the bill. The permit shall be valid only within the boundaries of the parish in which the sheriff has jurisdiction unless the sheriff has entered into a reciprocity agreement with a Sheriff of another jurisdiction.
House Bill 141 – DEFEATED IN HOUSE COMMITTEE
Representative Austin Badon, Jr. (D-Dist. 100)
This bill requires the holder of a Federal Firearms License to verify that the purchaser has completed a firearms safety or training course. The bill provides for a penalty of not more than $500 for a first offense and not more than $1,000 for a second or subsequent offense for intentionally selling a firearm to a person who does not meet the criteria provided for in the proposed law.
This bill allows for lifetime concealed carry permits to Louisiana residents who meet the qualifications for the issuance of a concealed handgun permit. The fee for the permit will be $500 and $250 for any applicant who is 65 years of age or older.
This bill repeals present law regarding the approval of the Louisiana Department of Safety and Corrections for the possession and transfer of certain types of firearms.
House Bill 366 – Stalled in House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee
Representative Mickey Guillory (D-Dist. 41)
This bill creates the crime of reckless discharge of a gun on or within 1,000 feet of residential property in unincorporated areas of a parish. First offense will be a penalty of not more than $250 and a second offense would result in a penalty of not more than $500. Reckless discharge of a gun will not be construed as defense of a person or property.
House Bill 475 – Stalled in House Civil Law and Procedure Committee
Representative Sherman Mack (R-Dist. 95)
This bill will designate the 19th JDC to have exclusive jurisdiction and venue of any suit or action of any nature brought by the state against a firearm or ammunition
This bill requires each district clerk of court to report to the Louisiana State Supreme Court for reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database the name and other identifying information of an adult who is prohibited from possessing a firearm under current laws relating to mental health.
Senate Bill 178 – Awaiting Signature from the Governor
Senate Vote – 33 Yeas, 0 Nays
House Vote – 88 Yeas, 0 Nays
Senator Neil Riser (R-Dist. 32)
This bill provides that voter registration application forms will be made available to purchasers of firearms at the point of purchase from firearms retailers located in the state.