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Firearm Bill List and Summary

Posted in Uncategorized  by fir3@rm225
March 13th, 2012

Here they are, the pre-filed bills relative to firearms. Keep in mind new bills can be added over the coming weeks. In the next post, I’ll go over some of the things you’ll need to know when communicating with your legislators.

HB4 – Rep. Lopinto – Would increase the penalty from a misdemeanor to a felony for possession of or dealing in firearms with obliterated serial numbers.

HB15 – Rep. H. Burns – Would authorize off-duty law enforcement officers to carry concealed handguns in bars provided they are not consuming alcohol.

HB63 – Rep. Brossett – Creates the new felony crime of reckless or criminally negligent discharge of a firearm on or within 1,000 feet of a school campus. Sentence would be five to ten years with a minimum of three years served.

HB129 – Rep. Guillory – Establishes that dealers in second hand property could not purchase more than $100 in copper nor more than $1000 in other scrap metals. Starting last year, these scrap metal bills, although well intentioned, have been misinterpreted by some law enforcement agencies to now attempt to include the regulation of FFL holders who deal in used firearms.

HB204 – Rep. Guillory – Creates the crime of crime of reckless or criminally negligent discharge of a firearm on or within 1,000 feet of a residential area. A misdemeanor for the first offense, felony for second or subsequent offenses.

HB220 – Rep. Bishop – Increases the penalty for reckless discharge of a firearm at or within 1,000 feet of a parade. Sentence would be five to ten years with a minimum of three years served.

HB221 – Rep. Bishop – A good effort to resolve a poorly worded statute relative to the carrying of a firearm at or within 1,000 feet of a parade. While the bill itself is of no consequence to the law abiding, it unfortunately would appear that all of the Mardi Gras based firearm bills will also continue to be of no consequence to those who intend to carry or discharge firearms illegally. For concealed carry permit holders, remember, you must remain outside the 1,000 radius with your firearm under current law.

HB222 – Rep. Bishop – Clarifies that prior state or municipal convictions within this state relative to the illegal carrying of firearms may be used to enhance subsequent convictions provided the elements of the crime are similar in all instances.

HB230 – Rep. Thibaut – Would allow breech loading rifles of .35 caliber or larger during primitive hunting seasons.

HB233 – Rep. Burford – Would allow on privately owned land with the owner’s consent, the taking of outlaw quadrupeds, nutria and beaver at any time of year and with or without the aid of dogs.

HB261 – Rep. H. Burns – Would authorize off-duty law enforcement officers to carry concealed handguns in bars.

HB290 – Rep. Henry – Would reserve the regulation of firearms to the state and with few exceptions pre-empt local regulation. This is a good thing as it would standardize the expected conduct of law abiding citizens around the state. Thus you would know what the rules were from Monroe to New Orleans to Lake Charles to Shreveport and not run afoul of special local laws. Further it would prohibit the chronically crime-ridden municipalities from heaping more “feel good” anti-gun ordinances upon their law abiding residents.

HB689 – Rep. Morris – A comprehensive effort to identify, license and regulate scrap metal dealers that does not appear in current form to sweep FFL holders into the mix.

HB734 – Rep. Harris – Establishes that dealers in second hand property could not purchase more than $30 in copper or other scrap metals.

HB751 – Rep. Richardson – A comprehensive effort to identify, license and regulate scrap metal dealers that does not appear in current form to sweep FFL holders into the mix.

HB802 – Rep. Anders – Would create a new state agency to identify, license and regulate scrap metal dealers. However this bill would leave the question of second hand dealers in other property still subject to the same misinterpretation that we are now seeing with regard to firearm dealers.

HB829 – Rep. Hazel – Would exempt correctional officers from the provisions of the concealed carry law just as commissioned law enforcement officers are today. In other words, correctional officers would be able to carry concealed without a permit.

SB69 – Sen. Morrell – Would provide that for a period of 60 days after the expiration of their permit, concealed carry permit holders would not be subject to conviction for carrying illegally. Presumably this is to allow for valid renewal applications to be processed.

SB255 – Sen. Morrell – Would increase the penalty for aggravated assault from five to ten years.

SB325 – Sen. Perry – Would exempt FFL holders from any possible confusion with “second hand dealers” as part of the Great Scrap Metal Wars of 2012. This is the cleanest fix to the problem others have tried to drag us into.

SB368 – Sen. Murray – Would move first offense illegal carrying of a firearm from a misdemeanor to a one year misdemeanor or a felony.

SB572 – Sen. Morrell – Would create the crime of supplying false information to an FFL holder in order to obtain firearms or ammunition. The penalty would be a one year misdemeanor up to a five year felony.

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Archive for March, 2012

Firearm Bill List and Summary

Posted in Uncategorized  by fir3@rm225
March 13th, 2012

Welcome. Each week, and likely several times a week, I will be updating this page regarding the latest developments at the Louisiana Legislature regarding firearm issues. There will be bill summaries, a little commentary and contact information you can use to reach YOUR legislator to urge them to support or oppose any of the 20+ bills that have already been filed.

For those that are interested, I’m Wade Duty, a Baton Rouge gun range co-owner (Precision Firearms & Indoor Range), lawyer, lobbyist and NRA firearms instructor. In short, I should know what I’m talking about though that might not always seem to be the case.

Through this medium I’ll bring you what is happening relative to our firearm interests but this will NOT be another one of those chatrooms where we all just whine about the great injustices being heaped upon us yet accomplish nothing. I encourage all of you to get involved in a responsible manner and contact your legislators. They work for you or at least that is what the state constitution says.

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