Thread: Louisiana Bill 534 & Bill 556
2010 Big Win for Gun Owners in Louisiana!
On June 30 and July 6, respectively, Governor Bobby Jindal (R) signed Senate Bill 534 and House Bill 556 into law. These bills will go into effect on August 15.
SB 534, introduced by State Senator Troy Hebert (I-22), will allow for possession and transportation of lawfully-possessed firearms in Louisiana’s state parks, historic sites, preservation areas, wildlife refuges, and wildlife management areas. In addition, it will allow gun-owners to carry a firearm for self-defense in National Parks and Wildlife Refuges located in Louisiana.
HB 556, introduced by State Representative Ernest Wooton (R-105), will exempt concealed carry permit holders from the ban on carrying within 1,000 foot “Gun Free School Zone.” State law prohibits any individual, even concealed carry permit licensees from possessing a firearm within 1,000 feet of any school property. An individual did not have to know that he or she was within the 1,000 foot zone, and the penalty for violation of this statute was a felony.
Thank you to all those members who contacted Governor Jindal and their state legislators during this process. Dan Zelenka, President of the LSA, and Wade Duty, registered lobbyist for the LSA, represented our members at the State Capital in the effort to pass House Bill 556.
Please thank Governor Jindal and your state legislators today for their hard work and support for these pro-gun measures, SB 534 and HB 556.
Governor Bobby Jindal, Phone: (225) 342-7015
Regular Session, 2010 ACT No. 925
HOUSE BILL NO. 556
BY REPRESENTATIVE WOOTON
1 AN ACT
2 To amend and reenact R.S. 14:95.2(C)(4) and R.S. 40:1379.3(C)(10) and (N)(11), relative
3 to firearms; to provide with respect to firearm-free zones; to provide relative to the
4 possession of firearms by concealed handgun permit holders; to retain the prohibition
5 regarding the carrying of concealed handguns at a school; to prohibit the carrying of
6 concealed handguns on any school campus or school bus; to provide for exceptions
7 regarding qualifications for concealed handgun permits; and to provide for related
9 Be it enacted by the Legislature of Louisiana:
10 Section 1. R.S. 14:95.2(C)(4) is hereby amended and reenacted to read as follows:
11 §95.2. Carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon by a student or nonstudent on
12 school property, at school-sponsored functions or firearm-free zone
13 * * *
14 C. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to:
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16 (4) The possession of a firearm occurring within one thousand feet of school
17 property and entirely on private property, or entirely within a private residence, or
18 in accordance with a concealed handgun permit issued pursuant to R.S. 40:1379.1
19 or R.S. 40:1379.3.
20 * * *
21 Section 2. R.S. 40:1379.3(C)(10) and (N)(11) are hereby amended and reenacted to
22 read as follows:
23 §1379.3. Statewide permits for concealed handguns; application procedures;
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26 C. To qualify for a concealed handgun permit, a citizen shall:
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CODING: Words in struck through type are deletions from existing law; words underscored
1 (10) Not have been convicted of, have entered a plea of guilty or nolo
2 contendere to, or not be charged under indictment or a bill of information for any
3 crime of violence or any crime punishable by imprisonment for a term of one year
4 or greater. A conviction, plea of guilty, or plea of nolo contendere under this
5 Paragraph shall include a dismissal and conviction set-aside under the provisions of
6 Code ofCriminal ProcedureArticle 893. However, a personwho has been convicted
7 of a violation of 18 U.S.C. 491(a) shall be permitted to qualify for a concealed
8 handgun permit if fifteen or more years has elapsed between the date of application
9 and the successful completion or service of any sentence, deferred adjudication, or
10 period of probation or parole.
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12 N. No concealed handgun may be carried into and no concealed handgun
13 permit issued pursuant to this Section shall authorize or entitle a permittee to carry
14 a concealed handgun in any of the following:
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16 (11) Any school, "firearm-free zone" school campus, or school bus as
17 defined in R.S. 14:95.6.
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SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES