Gun Talk host Tom Gresham talks to 101.7 / 710 KEEL's Robert J Wright and Erin McCarty about the gun rights legislation recently passed by the Louisiana legislature, bills now awaiting the signature of Governor John Bel Edwards.

Gresham tells KEEL listeners that the four pieces of legislation, "Gun rights reform."

"We are correcting some things in Louisiana law," he says, "and congratulations and thank you to the legislators who put this through by a very big majority."

Here is summary of the four pieces of legislation:

House Bill 746, sponsored by Rep. Ray Garofalo, allows those who lawfully possess a firearm to carry concealed for self-defense during a mandatory evacuation under a declared state of emergency or disaster.

House Bill 781, sponsored by Rep. Blake Miguez, establishes that firearms and ammunition manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, suppliers, and retailers are “Essential Businesses” that shall not be prohibited from conducting business during a declared disaster or emergency.  HB 781 further prevents law-abiding gun owners’ rights from being infringed during proclaimed curfews.

House Bill 140, sponsored by Rep. Blake Miguez, prevents local authorities and municipalities from imposing restrictions to prohibit the possession of a firearm.  Preemption legislation is designed to stop municipalities from creating a patchwork of different laws that turn a law-abiding citizen into a criminal for simply crossing a jurisdictional line.

House Bill 334, sponsored by Reps. Bryan Fontenot, Blake Miguez and Charles Owen, authorizes a concealed handgun permit holder to carry a concealed handgun in a church, synagogue, mosque, or other similar place of worship, with permission from church leadership.

Gresham adds, "These are four very solid bills and the Governor absolutely need to sign them.But the only way that's going to happen is if (he) gets a lot of calls and emails."


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