Coming Events

Apr 19 Amite: Appleseed Event Marksmanship and firearms safety training. Tangipahoa Sheriff's Range | Directions: From Interstate 55, take Exit #...
Apr 19 Eunice: Appleseed Event Marksmanship and firearms safety training. Eunice Rifle and Gun Club | Directions: From Eunice Travel approx. 3 miles...
Apr 25 Donaldsonville: Bayou State Regional High Power Rifle Champion Friday, 25 April 2014: 4-man team match
Saturday, 26 April 2014: 80-round across the course regional championship<...
Apr 26 Donaldsonville: NRA Outdoor Conventional Pistol (1800) NRA Short Course at 25 yards, 180 rounds, firing starts at 9:00 AM

For more information, contact Skip Blanchar...
Apr 26 Donaldsonville: Bayou State Regional High Power Rifle Champion Friday, 25 April 2014: 4-man team match
Saturday, 26 April 2014: 80-round across the course regional championship<...
Apr 27 Donaldsonville: Bayou State Regional High Power Rifle Champion Friday, 25 April 2014: 4-man team match
Saturday, 26 April 2014: 80-round across the course regional championship<...
Apr 27 Donaldsonville: Pistol EIC Match The Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club is hosting a pistol excellence-in-competition (EIC or leg match) immediately follow...
May 3 Donaldsonville: Mid-Range Prone and F-Class The match is 3 X 20 shots fired at 600 yards in the prone, F-Open, or F-TR classes. For more information contact Ric...
May 10 Holmwood: NRA Outdoor Pistol (2700 Match) NRA Conventional Pistol Match. For more information contact John Texada:
M-F 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at 337-474-39...
May 17 Donaldsonville: High Power Rifle 200/300/600 yards 80-round across the course match sponsored by the Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club. For more information contact Jay Hu...
May 24 Donaldsonville: NRA Outdoor Conventional Pistol (1800) NRA Short Course at 25 yards, 180 rounds, firing starts at 9:00 AM

For more information, contact Skip Blanchar...
May 24 Donaldsonville: Adult and Teenager High Power Rifle Clinic The first day of the clinic will encompass a classroom block and a firing block to teach the three positions of high ...
May 24 Port Sulfur: Appleseed Event Marksmanship and firearms safety training. Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office Shooting Range | Directions: From I-1...
May 25 Donaldsonville: Adult and Teenager High Power Rifle Clinic The first day of the clinic will encompass a classroom block and a firing block to teach the three positions of high ...
May 25 Port Sulfur: Appleseed Event Marksmanship and firearms safety training. Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office Shooting Range | Directions: From I-1...
May 26 Slidell: M1 Garand Clinic Sponsored by Southeast Louisiana Firearms Safety, Inc at the Honey Island Shooting Range. Cost: $50 for LSA members;...
Jun 7 Donaldsonville: Mid-Range Prone and F-Class The match is 3 X 20 shots fired at 600 yards in the prone, F-Open, or F-TR classes. For more information contact Ric...
Jun 7 Eunice: Appleseed Event Marksmanship and firearms safety training. Eunice Rifle and Gun Club | Directions: From Eunice Travel approx. 3 miles...
Jun 8 Eunice: Appleseed Event Marksmanship and firearms safety training. Eunice Rifle and Gun Club | Directions: From Eunice Travel approx. 3 miles...
Jun 14 Holmwood: NRA Conventional Pistol Regional Championship NRA Outdoor Conventional Pistol Regional Championship Match. For more information contact John Texada:
M-F 10:00 ...
Jun 15 Holmwood: NRA Conventional Pistol Regional Championship NRA Outdoor Conventional Pistol Regional Championship Match. For more information contact John Texada:
M-F 10:00 ...
Jun 21 Donaldsonville: High Power Rifle 200/300/600 yards 80-round across the course match sponsored by the Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club. For more information contact Jay Hu...
Jun 28 Donaldsonville: NRA Outdoor Conventional Pistol (1800) NRA Short Course at 25 yards, 180 rounds, firing starts at 9:00 AM

For more information, contact Skip Blanchar...
Jul 5 Donaldsonville: Mid-Range Prone and F-Class The match is 3 X 20 shots fired at 600 yards in the prone, F-Open, or F-TR classes. For more information contact Ric...
Jul 19 Donaldsonville: High Power Rifle 200/300/600 yards 80-round across the course match sponsored by the Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club. For more information contact Jay Hu...
Jul 26 Donaldsonville: NRA Outdoor Conventional Pistol (1800) NRA Short Course at 25 yards, 180 rounds, firing starts at 9:00 AM

For more information, contact Skip Blanchar...
Aug 2 Donaldsonville: Mid-Range Prone and F-Class The match is 3 X 20 shots fired at 600 yards in the prone, F-Open, or F-TR classes. For more information contact Ric...
Aug 16 Eunice: Appleseed Event Marksmanship and firearms safety training. Eunice Rifle and Gun Club | Directions: From Eunice Travel approx. 3 miles...
Aug 17 Eunice: Appleseed Event Marksmanship and firearms safety training. Eunice Rifle and Gun Club | Directions: From Eunice Travel approx. 3 miles...
Aug 23 Donaldsonville: NRA Outdoor Conventional Pistol (1800) NRA Short Course at 25 yards, 180 rounds, firing starts at 9:00 AM

For more information, contact Skip Blanchar...
Aug 30 Gonzales: LA State Smallbore Rifle Silhouette Championship Sponsored by the East Ascension Sportsman's League. For more information contact Eric Harper at 703-267-1459
Aug 31 Gonzales: LA State Smallbore Rifle Silhouette Championship Sponsored by the East Ascension Sportsman's League. For more information contact Eric Harper at 703-267-1459
Sep 6 Donaldsonville: Mid-Range Prone and F-Class The match is 3 X 20 shots fired at 600 yards in the prone, F-Open, or F-TR classes. For more information contact Ric...
Sep 13 Holmwood: NRA Outdoor Pistol (2700 Match) NRA Conventional Pistol Match. For more information contact John Texada:
M-F 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at 337-474-39...
Sep 13 Eunice: Appleseed Event Marksmanship and firearms safety training. Eunice Rifle and Gun Club | Directions: From Eunice Travel approx. 3 miles...
Sep 20 Donaldsonville: High Power Rifle 200/300/600 yards 80-round across the course match sponsored by the Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club. For more information contact Jay Hu...
Sep 27 Donaldsonville: NRA Outdoor Conventional Pistol (1800) NRA Short Course at 25 yards, 180 rounds, firing starts at 9:00 AM

For more information, contact Skip Blanchar...
Oct 4 Holmwood: 2014 Louisiana Conventional Pistol Championship Sponsored by the Southwest Louisiana Rifle & Pistol Club. Contact John Texada at 337-477-5277 for more information.
Oct 4 Donaldsonville: Mid-Range State Championship State Championships in Mid-Range Prone, F-Open, and F-TR. The match is two days with each day consisting of 3 X 20 sh...
Oct 5 Holmwood: 2014 Louisiana Service Pistol Championship Sponsored by the Southwest Louisiana Rifle & Pistol Club. Contact John Texada at 337-477-5277 for more information.
Oct 5 Donaldsonville: Mid-Range State Championship State Championships in Mid-Range Prone, F-Open, and F-TR. The match is two days with each day consisting of 3 X 20 sh...
Oct 18 Donaldsonville: Louisiana State High Power Rifle Championship Saturday, 18 October 2014: 80-round across the course state championship
Sunday, 19 October 2014: Excellence-in-Co...
Oct 19 Donaldsonville: Louisiana State High Power Rifle Championship Saturday, 18 October 2014: 80-round across the course state championship
Sunday, 19 October 2014: Excellence-in-Co...
Oct 25 Donaldsonville: NRA Outdoor Conventional Pistol (1800) NRA Short Course at 25 yards, 180 rounds, firing starts at 9:00 AM

For more information, contact Skip Blanchar...
Nov 1 Donaldsonville: Mid-Range Prone and F-Class The match is 3 X 20 shots fired at 600 yards in the prone, F-Open, or F-TR classes. For more information contact Ric...
Nov 8 Holmwood: NRA Outdoor Pistol (2700 Match) NRA Conventional Pistol Match. For more information contact John Texada:
M-F 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM at 337-474-39...
Nov 15 Donaldsonville: High Power Rifle 200/300/600 yards 80-round across the course match sponsored by the Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club. For more information contact Jay Hu...
Dec 6 Donaldsonville: Mid-Range Prone and F-Class The match is 3 X 20 shots fired at 600 yards in the prone, F-Open, or F-TR classes. For more information contact Ric...
Dec 20 Donaldsonville: Pearl Harbor Match Only WW II-era rifles as used by the US or foreign military are approved for entry in the Pearl Harbor Match. Approve...

General News


Legislative Update

09 April 2014

Louisiana: House Approves NRA-Backed Restaurant Carry Bill by Overwhelming Vote

The Louisiana House of Representatives passed House Bill 72 by an 80 to 19 vote. This LSA- and NRA-supported measure, sponsored by state Representative Joe Lopinto (R-Metairie), would clarify that concealed handgun permit holders may possess firearms in restaurants that serve alcohol.
HB 72 was introduced to resolve a potential conflict between two sections of state law: under R.S. 14:95.5, it is unlawful to possess a firearm in any commercial establishment where alcohol is served for consumption on the premises. The only exceptions to this prohibition are for owners or employees and law enforcement officers acting in the course of their official duties. Although the concealed carry law clearly states that bars, not restaurants, are off-limits to license holders, another subsection of that statute prohibits permit holders from carrying in any area where firearms are banned under state or federal law. That subsection, read in conjunction with R.S. 14:95.5, is where the potential conflict arises.
It is critical that the state legislature clear up any confusion during this session and confirm that Louisiana is among the other 49 states that allow for civilians to carry firearms for personal protection in restaurants that serve alcohol.
HB 72 now goes to the state Senate for its consideration. Your LSA will keep you updated on the progress of HB 72 as more information becomes available.
Please send a note of thanks to Rep. Lopinto for sponsoring this measure at lopintoj@legis.la.gov and be sure to thank your State Representative if he or she voted for it.
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House Committee Passes Legislation making changes to concealed carry law which could qualify permit holders for NICS exemption when purchasing a firearm
Also yesterday, the House Committee on Criminal Justice advanced without objection House Bill 1066, sponsored by state Representative Jeff Thompson (R-Bossier City), legislation that makes technical changes to the state’s concealed carry law which could qualify Louisiana permit holders for a waiver from the NICS check when purchasing a firearm from a federal firearm licensed dealer. This would allow Louisiana permit holders to enjoy the same exemption that licensees in 21 other states – including the neighboring states of Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas – currently have. HB 1066 could be considered by the full House late next week. Please contact your State Representative and respectfully urge him or her to support HB 1066.


07 April 2014

This week, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed LSA- and NRA-supported House Bill 186 by an 82 to 15 vote. Sponsored by state Representative Cameron Henry (R-Metairie), HB 186 would allow for the use of lawfully-owned suppressors while hunting all game animals. HB 186 now goes to the state Senate for its consideration.

NRA-supported restaurant carry bill clears important committee hurdle!

On Wednesday, 02 April 2014, LSA President Dan Zelenka and Directors Jay Hunt and Paul Angrisano, along with LSA Registered Lobbyist Wade Duty and NRA Registered Lobbyist Tara Reilly Mica attended the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee meeting at the State Capitol. The committee approved LSA- and NRA-backed House Bill 72 by a 9 to 4 vote. Sponsored by state Representative Joe Lopinto (R-Metairie), HB 72 would clarify that concealed handgun permit holders may possess firearms in restaurants that serve alcohol. The committee left pending House Bill 20, sponsored by state Representative Jeff Thompson (R-Bossier City), since identical language in that measure is included in HB 72.

House Bill 72 seeks to resolve a potential conflict between two sections of state law: under R.S. 14:95.5, it is unlawful to possess a firearm in any commercial establishment where alcohol is served for consumption on the premises. The only exceptions to this are for owners or employees and law enforcement officers acting in the course of their official duties. Although the concealed carry law clearly states that bars, not restaurants, are off-limits to license holders, another subsection of that statute prohibits permit holders from carrying in any area where firearms are banned under state or federal law. That subsection, read in conjunction with R.S. 14:95.5, is where the potential conflict arises. Every other state allows civilians to carry firearms for personal protection in restaurants that serve alcohol. HB 72 will clarify that Louisiana permit holders have the same right to self-defense in these establishments.

HB 72 will be considered on the House floor on Wednesday, April 9. Please contact your state Representative and respectfully urge him or her to support HB 72.

This past week, House Bill 13, sponsored by state Representative Austin Badon (D-100), was removed from the House Criminal Justice Committee agenda. However, it could be set for a hearing again in the near future. This LSA- and NRA-opposed measure would impose a mandatory training requirement on gun buyers.

LSA Board of Directors

Each year, the Members of the LSA elect a Board of Directors consisting of 15 members and two Alternate Directors. Each Director is elected to a 3-year term and each Alternate Director is elected to a 1-year term.

Once the Board of Directors is chosen, the Directors then elect Officers of the Corporation from among the 15 Directors.

The 2014 Board of Directors (updated 16 February 2014)

Officers
President: Daniel E. Zelenka, II (term expires 2016)
Vice-President: John Laws (term expires 2016)
Secretary: Paul Prokop (term expires 2015)
Treasurer: Jay D. Hunt, III (term expires 2015)
Member-at-Large: George Petras (term expires 2017)

Directors
Mark Altazin (term expires 2016)
Paul Angrisano (term expires 2016)
Jim Biermann (term expires 2017)
Gordon Hutchinson (term expires 2017)
Ronald (Buck) Kliebert (term expires 2015)
Gerald E. (Jerry) Liuzza (term expires 2017)
Dan Plunkett (term expires 2017)
Ted Torres (term expires 2015)
Dwayne Vidrine (term expires 2015)
Chris Vinson (term expires 2016)

Alternate Directors
1st Alternate Clifford Grout
2nd Alternate Bill Biossat

Rep. Jeff R. Thompson Receives Legislative Excellence Award

The Louisiana Shooting Association, in recognition of the state legislator who by action has demonstrated the highest commitment to the protection of Second Amendment rights, established the Louisiana Shooting Association Legislative Excellence Award in 2010.

This annual award is presented to the legislator selected by unanimous vote of the LSA Board of Directors based upon that legislator's actions during the most recent legislative session. The criteria used in the final selection of the award recipient includes an evaluation of the candidates' continued support of responsible firearm use and ownership, their role in protecting legitimate firearm owners from ineffective and punitive legislation, and their support of appropriate law enforcement efforts relative to firearm issues.

With these factors in mind, it is with great appreciation and pride that the LSA announces the 2013 recipient of the Louisiana Shooting Association Legislative Excellence Award, Representative Jeff R. Thompson (District 8). Rep. Thompson supported a number of pro-gun bills in 2013, and started the Defend Louisiana. Defend Louisiana is a statewide campaign dedicated to giving Louisianians a voice in the defense of their right to protect their families. Defend LA travels around the state collecting signatures of residents who pledge to support and defend their Second Amendment right. Defend LA and its legislative partners are also drafting legislation to be introduced in the Louisiana Legislature to further protect Louisiana residents’ right to bear arms.

Past Winners of the Legislative Excellence Award include:

2010 Rep. Ernest Wooton
2011 Rep. Cameron Henry
2012 Sen. Neil Riser

Polo Shirts, New T-shirt Colors!

The LSA is now offering polo shirts! Few can resist the delightfully soft hand and lightweight honeycomb knit texture of our 100% pima cotton polo. Crafted with 100% pima cottonone of the highest grades of cotton in the world. 6.2-ounce 100% pima cotton. The shirts have double-needle stitching throughout, flat knit collars and cuffs, locker patches, 3-button plackets, pearl buttons, side vents, and are embroidered with the LSA logo over left breast. Six polo shirt colors are available: Banana, Ivory, Light Pink, Sea Foam, Stone, and White. The embroidered logo has black lettering and black shooters over a forest green state.

The LSA is now offering our official short sleeve T-shirt in four colors: Sports Grey, Sand, Gold (new), and Military Green (new). The shirts feature a large LSA logo on the back and a small LSA logo over the left breast. The logos on the Sports Grey, Sand, and Gold shirts will feature black lettering and black shooters over a forest green state. The logos on the Military Green shirts will feature black lettering and black shooters over a white state. Long sleeve T-shirts are still available in Sports Grey and Sand featuring the LSA logos on front and back with black lettering and black shooters over a forest green state. Larger sizes of short sleeve and long sleeve T-shirts are now back in stock!

Defend Your Second Amendment Rights!

Defend Louisiana is a statewide campaign dedicated to giving Louisianians a voice in the defense of their right to protect their families.

Started by State Representative Jeff Thompson (R-Dist 8), Defend LA travels around the state collecting signatures of residents who pledge to support and defend their Second Amendment right. Defend LA and its legislative partners are also drafting legislation to be introduced in the Louisiana Legislature in the 2013 Regular Session to further protect Louisiana residents’ right to bear arms.

The pledge: “I pledge to defend the right for law abiding citizens to protect their families, and will work against attempts to restrict my right to keep and bear arms by standing up for the Second Amendment and letting my voice be heard.”

To sign up for updates, join their email list, follow them on Twitter, and find them on Facebook.

Louisiana Now Enjoys the Highest Gun Rights Protection

§11. Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Section 11. The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms is fundamental and shall not be infringed. Any restriction on this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny.

Acts 2012, No. 874, §1, approved Nov. 6, 2012, eff. Dec. 10, 2012.

Under a new law that went into effect on December 10, 2012, the citizens of the State of Louisiana have a new state constitutional amendment that is even stricter than the protections of gun rights under the Second Amendment to the US Constitution. The new state amendment removes language that authorized the legislature to "prohibit the carrying of weapons concealed on a person," and subjects any proposed law that infringes on the right to bear arms to "strict scrutiny," the highest level of scrutiny that a court can apply to legislation.

This is a tremendous victory for civil rights in the state!

No Guns = No Money

We've all seen the signs on the door. The uninformed shop owner does not want firearms in his establishment. As law-abiding gun owners, we pass his shop in favor of a more enlightened merchant, but we have that awful feeling in our gut that makes us want to educate the uniformed.

As a Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit Holder, I
• have NOT been convicted of a felony,
• have NOT been committed for the abuse of a controlled dangerous substance, am NOT an unlawful user of marijuana, depressants, stimulants, or narcotic drugs, and do NOT chronically and habitually use alcoholic beverages,
• have NOT been adjudicated to be mentally deficient or been committed to a mental institution,
• have NOT been found guilty of a crime of violence,
• am NOT a fugitive from justice, and
• HAVE been trained by a Certified Firearms Instructor
How much does that shop owner know about his other customers, particularly that criminal that could care less about his wishes and carries an illegally concealed weapon?

Now, you may download a PDF file that will allow you to print business sized cards with this exact message on them. Simply print, trim, and carry them with you in your wallet or purse. When you see the sign in the window, slip the card to the owner and go on your way. If the owner gets enough of these cards, he'll realize the amount of money he is losing to his uninformed and ill-conceived policy.

Instructions for Use:

To use the form, click the download button to the right. Once you have downloaded the PDF, you may print the cards on plain paper or card stock, and trim along the lines. Alternatively, you may purchase any plain colored business card templates made by Avery (available at most office supply stores), and use the PDF template to print onto Avery business cards.

Please remember, be polite when presenting these cards. If the shop owner wants to argue, walk away. If the shop owners wants more information, you may direct him to the LSA for more information.

Conventional Pistol Matches now Shot at Palo Alto

Conventional Pistol, or as it is more often called, Bulls Eye pistol matches have been held the last two months at the Palo Alto Rifle & Pistol Club near Donaldsonville, LA. Bulls Eye matches are planned through November on the 4th Saturday of each month. The next match will be held on May 28th.

The March match saw 9 shooters and 5 shooters competed in the April match. Thanks goes out to the Southwest Gun Club (SWGC) for their initial support, as Walter Denton drove all the way from Lake Charles to officiate at both matches. Timed and Rapid fire is signaled by the SWGC timer horn. NRA rules are followed during the three matches of .22 rim fire, center fire, and .45 ACP pistol.

Firing starts at 9:00 AM with a charge of $7.00 per shooter.

Plans are in the works for individual shooting tables for the 25 yard firing line. If you can help build and install these tables, please e-mail or give Skip Blanchard a call to schedule a work day.

E-mail Skip at skip_blanchard@msn.com or contact him by phone at (504) 427-0050.

LSA Bumper Stickers and Decals

When the LSA reduced the cost of membership from $20 to $10, it was decided that we could no longer afford to give away LSA decals any longer. However, several people have requested a source of bumper stickers and decals. We have partnered with Zazzle to produce a few of these items. If you would like to purchase stickers, a coffee mug, etc., please click the link to visit their site.

Hey! I Just Want a Paper Application to Join or Renew!

Click on the "Download" button to the right to open a paper application to join or renew your LSA membership.

To join or renew on-line, follow these steps:

1. If you have not already done so, create an account.
2. Log into your account.
3. On the left side the screen, find the link "LSA Membership" and click on that link.
4. Click on "LM001."
5. Look on the left side of the screen for your name, and click on your name.
6. Click "Checkout," and follow the prompts to pay with your credit card.

Thanks for supporting the LSA!