Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In Louisiana
Shooting is most definitely a thrilling hobby, as well as a means of protecting oneself. There is an extraordinary adrenaline rush, and a sense of pride, and then you do it over again. It’s incredibly exciting. It’s important that women become comfortable using firearms in Louisiana, since guns are some of the best means of protecting themselves against intruders and attackers. One of the best ways to go about turning shooting into a hobby, rather than something strictly for self-defense is to learn about recreational shooting activities in Louisiana, There is Practical Shooting; IDPA shooting that simulates self-defense and real life style encounters.
There is Shotgun competitions, Then there is the extremely exciting sport of 3 – Gun Shooting where your shoot a sporting rifle usually built on an AR – platform, a Shotgun, and an semi-auto pistol. There are also; Action, Silhouette, and Precision shooting competitions. If this is not enough there are also several very specific types of shooting competitions where just Rifles and Shotguns are used.
New Women Shooters; Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun: What’s the Difference In Louisiana?
It can be a bit confusing to keep these terms separate, especially when you’re in conversation with a gun expert in Louisiana who just prattles on and on! When you’re trying to figure out which type of firearm would work best for your home and/or personal self-defense, it’s important to be able to make an informed decision. Here’s a quick run-down to help you out:
A handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands. This can be a Pistol (Semi-auto) or a revolver. Handguns are much more suited to home and especially for personal defense. This is what you would carry around during your daily activities if you get a concealed carry permit in Louisiana. The barrel is much shorter than both a rifle and shotgun, as it’s designed to be held with one or both hands, rather than placed against your shoulder. Most pistol barrels are grooved in a similar manner to that of rifles.
Rifles and Shotguns for New Women Shooters In Louisiana
A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, A rifle barrel is long and has thick walls with spiral grooves cut into the bore. This grooved pattern is referred to as “rifling”. This is one of the best guns for shooting recreationally. With the proper training in Louisiana and choice of a rifle such as one on an AR – Platform it can be used for both sport and home defense. Rifles are very versatile and it is highly recommended that any woman wanting to learn to shoot a handgun should seriously consider adding a rifle into her training program.
A shotgun (also known as a scattergun and pepper gun,) is a firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug. The shotgun barrel is long and made of thin steel that is smooth on the inside to allow the shot to glide down the barrel without friction since it doesn’t have to withstand quite as much pressure. It’s similar to that of a rifle barrel. This is good for home defense in Louisiana, but be careful of your surroundings. Often, the sound alone of a shotgun “Racking” is formidable enough to make an intruder think twice.
This page outlines just the very basics of the types of firearms in Louisiana that may be best suited for you. Happy shooting!
Louisiana State Constitution States: “The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be abridged, but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to prohibit the carrying of weapons concealed on the person.”
Louisiana is a "shall issue" state for concealed carry. The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections shall issue a concealed handgun permit to qualified applicants, after performing an NICS background check and giving the local police 10 days to provide additional information about the applicant. Open carry of firearms in Louisiana is permitted without a permit, as long as the user is of at least 18 years of age and legally able to possess a firearm under state and federal law.
Louisiana's governor signed legislation making it a crime to publish the personal information of concealed handgun permit holders following a wave of outrage by gun owners after a New York newspaper listed such data last year. Louisiana joins a growing number of states that are cutting off access to that information as a national debate rages over gun control.
The measure was one of seven gun bills Republican Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law, including a bill creating a lifetime concealed handgun permit, legislation allowing gun dealers to register people to vote at their gun stores, and bills aimed at restricting access to guns by people with mental health issues.
An attempt to let Louisiana gun makers circumvent federal gun control laws is headed to a final vote in the state Senate after getting unanimous committee approval. House Bill 45 by Rep. Joseph Lopinto would create a licensing program for guns manufactured and sold within the state, possibly taking them out of the jurisdiction of federal authorities. Lopinto, R-Metairie, has argued that because the federal government's authority to impose restrictions on guns stems from its power to regulate interstate commerce, a state-run program regulating guns that don't leave Louisiana would protect manufacturers and sellers from federal laws.
It is an unfortunate state of affairs in our county that states have to take legal action to protect their sovereignty as a state and from intrusive federal laws on interstate commerce, yet states are having to become “Legally Creative” to protect the 2nd amendment, and for that US Precision Defense applauds the state of Louisiana.
As part of the stand of the Louisiana Sheriff’s association on gun rights: WHEREAS, the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association represents the interests of all sheriffs who are sworn to support and defend the Constitutions of the State of Louisiana and the United States; and WHEREAS, sheriffs strongly support our citizens’ protected right to bear arms under the Second Amendment and the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association does not support any laws that deprive any citizen of the rights provided under the Louisiana and the United States Constitutions and Bill of Rights; and WHEREAS, the doctrine of judicial review grants to the United States Supreme Court and the lower courts the power to determine the constitutionality of any law and sheriffs do not possess the legal authority to interpret the constitutionality of any law.
Louisianans overwhelmingly voted for Proposition Two, an amendment to their state’s constitution that solidifies the Second Amendment in the state of Louisiana. The new law says that “the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right” and would require courts to apply “the highest standard” of law when and if state municipalities enact laws that act in violation of the second amendment.
On Election Day, Louisiana voters overwhelmingly backed a measure to strengthen Second Amendment rights in the state. Nearly 75 percent of voters, more than 1.3 million voted in favor of Act 784, which makes gun ownership a "fundamental right under strict scrutiny of the court." "Strict scrutiny" applies the highest standard of judicial review to any law concerning gun ownership. It typically is applied to human rights, owning a gun in Louisiana is now a "fundamental right."
Gun control proposals put forth by President Barack Obama were met by counter-proposals in Louisiana as a state lawmaker unveiled a statewide campaign to "defend the rights of Louisiana residents to bear arms." The centerpiece of the Defend Louisiana initiative will be multiple pieces of pro-Second Amendment legislation as well as a statewide tour.
"We've done some good things to protect the Second Amendment in Louisiana, but we're not finished yet," State Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Bossier City, said in a statement. "The solution to gun violence is not found in restricting the rights of law abiding citizens or demonizing self-defense."
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