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Louisiana – Massachusetts and Maryland Updates.

Gary Slider

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Louisiana – SB 143 passed and goes into effect August 1, 2022. It allows Louisiana Residents with Military Service to carry without a permit.  https://legis.la.gov/legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=1290223

RS 14:95 Illegal Carrying of Weapons    Not Effective until 8/1/2022

M. The provisions of Paragraph (A)(1) of this Section shall not apply to a resident of Louisiana if all of the following conditions are met:

  1. The person is twenty-one years of age or older,
  1. The person is not prohibited from possessing a firearm under R.S. 14:95.1, R.S. 40:1379.3(C)(5) through (17), 18 U.S.C. 922(g), or any other state or federal law,
  1. The person is a reserve or active-duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Forces; a member of the Louisiana National Guard or the Louisiana Air National Guard; or a former member of any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the Louisiana National Guard, or the Louisiana Air National Guard who has been honorably discharged from service.

At all times that a person is in possession of a concealed handgun pursuant to R.S. 40:1379.3(B)(2), that person shall have on his person proof that he meets the qualifications of Subparagraph (a) of this Paragraph demonstrated by ONE of the following:

A valid military identification card,

A valid driver's license issued by the state of Louisiana displaying the word "Veteran" pursuant to R.S. 32:412(K),

A valid special identification card issued by the state of Louisiana displaying the word "Veteran" pursuant to R.S. 40:1321(K).

For a member released from service who does not qualify to have the word "Veteran" displayed on a state issued driver's license or special identification card, a Department of Defense Form 214 (DD-214) indicating the character of service as "Honorable" or "Under Honorable Conditions (General)" and a valid driver's license or special identification card issued by the state of Louisiana.

No person carrying a weapon pursuant to R.S. 14:95(M) may carry and conceal such handgun while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled dangerous substance. A person carrying a weapon pursuant to R.S. 14:95(M) shall notify any police officer who approaches the permittee in an official manner or with an identified official purpose that he has a weapon on his person, submit to a pat down, and allow the officer to temporarily disarm him.                                                                                                                      SB 143 2022

R.S. 40:1379.3  (B)(2)(a) A Louisiana resident who meets the qualifications of R.S. 14:95(M) shall not be required to possess a valid concealed handgun permit issued by the state of Louisiana pursuant to the provisions of this Section in order to carry a concealed handgun in the state of Louisiana.               SB 143 2022 


Massachusetts  - Information Regarding LTC Restrictions After NY St. Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen from Mass.gov Firearm Services FAQshttps://www.mass.gov/info-details/firearms-license-frequently-asked-questions#information-regarding-ltc-restrictions-after-new-york-state-rifle-&-pistol-association-v.-bruen-

Although Bruen concerned a New York law, the Court specifically identified the “good reason” provision of a Massachusetts law, G.L. c. 140, § 131(d), as an analogue to New York’s “proper cause” requirement.          

Based on this decision, any restrictions appearing on any license holder’s License to Carry (“LTC”)—limiting the license holder to carrying a firearm only for such activities as hunting, target shooting, employment, or the like—are no longer enforceable. As a result, if your LTC has any such restrictions, those restrictions are no longer enforceable. If you would like a new license issued to you to reflect this change before your renewal, you may contact your licensing authority. Otherwise, when you reapply for an LTC in the future, you will be provided a new LTC without any such restrictions provided that the licensing authority does not deem you to be a “prohibited person” or “unsuitable” under the law.

If you have any questions, please contact the firearms licensing officer at the police department or agency that issued your LTC.    


Maryland - Maryland Shall Issue   has put out information on how to apply after Bruen https://www.marylandshallissue.org/jmain/information/md-carry-permits

Lots of info on how Maryland officials are handling Bruen decision and how to apply and get restrictions removed from your current restricted permit.

I also want to highlight the State RKBQs Organizations. They are leading the fight at the state level and Handgunlaw.us highly recommends you join them in their fight for your God Given Rights! Not sure where to find a RKBA’s Org in your state. Handgunlaw.us has a state list which will give you a good start.

State RKBA Orgs - https://handgunlaw.us/documents/state_rkba_orgs.pdf

State Firearm Forums  Where you can ask questions and find info on your state orgs - https://handgunlaw.us/documents/Forums.pdf

If we have missed a State Org or Forum drop us an email letting us know. If you have any info especially with links to that info about changes that are taking place in your state we would also appreciate an email giving us a heads up. Though we try we can’t see everything.    admins@handgunlaw.us

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