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Governor Jindal Signs LSA-Backed Measures into Law!

This week, Governor Bobby Jindal (R) signed three pro-Second Amendment bills that were passed during the 2015 session of the Louisiana Legislature, which ended on June 11. The LSA worked hard for you at this year's legislative session. Please take a moment to send an email thanking Governor Jindal for signing HB 446, SB 133 and SB 212 into law and for supporting our Second Amendment rights and Louisiana's sporting heritage.

House Bill 446, sponsored by state Representative Blake Miguez (R-New Iberia), authorizes firearm accident prevention and safety instruction based on NRA's Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program for elementary school students. The program's lifesaving message "If you see a gun: STOP! DON’T TOUCH. RUN AWAY. TELL A GROWN UP" will now reach even more Louisiana children thanks to passage of this important legislation. The measure will take effect on August 1, in time for the upcoming school year.

Current Louisiana law allows parishes to use their zoning authority to regulate hunting and shooting in "heavily populated areas." Senate Bill 133, sponsored by state Senator Barrow Peacock (R-Shreveport), specifically excludes from the definition of "heavily populated area" any tract of land that is greater than 5 acres and that includes no more than one single-family residence on the parcel or tract. Lack of available land on which to hunt is a serious challenge that sportsmen are facing in Louisiana and across the country. SB 133 addresses this challenge while balancing concerns about safety in the affected areas. This bill will take effect on August 1 as well.

Senate Bill 212, sponsored by state Senator Rick Ward (R-Port Allen), allows bowhunters to carry any caliber firearm with them for protection while in the field and takes effect immediately. This bill fixes the previous statutes that only permitted bowhunters to carry pistols no larger than .22 caliber with snake shot or rat shot ammunition.

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 2015 Board of Directors (updated 28 February 2015)

President: Daniel E. Zelenka, II (term expires 2016)
Vice-President: Dan Plunkett (term expires 2017)
Secretary: Paul Prokop (term expires 2018)
Treasurer: Jay D. Hunt, III (term expires 2018)
Member-at-Large: John Laws (term expires 2016)

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 2018)
Gerald E. (Jerry) Liuzza (term expires 2017)
George Petras (term expires 2017)
Ted Torres (term expires 2018)
Chris Vinson (term expires 2016)

Alternate Directors
1st Alternate Barret Kendrick (term expires 2016)
2nd Alternate Clifford Grout (term expires 2016)

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.

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.

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!

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