Open Carry in the News


Lock and Load with Bill Frady Ep 491 6/6/2014
Bill interviews VP Speedy Mercer about Long Gun carry



Lock and Load with Bill Frady Ep 374 12/5/2013
Bill interviews VP Speedy Mercer on his radio show.



LOCAL mentioned in article on The Daily Beast about Long Gun Carry


LOCAL was mentioned in an article on The Daily Beast web site about Long Gun Carry titled "The Scare Campaign of Open Carry Activists". Not a positive article as you might guess. The premise of the article is "A growing faction of gun rights advocates believes brandishing big guns will help everyone feel safer. But their protests have been inciting more fear than support.".

Here is the Quote from the article:
When it comes to just what types of weapons should be worn in full public view, the open carry movement is fractured. “One of our forum rules is that we don’t allow the discussion of long gun open carry,” says Pierce. Though Pierce cites safety issues including “muzzle control, lack of cover to the trigger guard, et cetera,” he says the long gun issue primarily “distracts from our primary mission which is the open carry of properly holstered handguns.” The Louisiana Open Carry Awareness League explains the ban on its site this way: “One step at a time.”

You can read the rest of the article HERE.

It looks like the writer of the article found the "One step at a time" piece from the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website where LOCAL states it's position on long gun carry when we answer the question:
"Can I Open Carry a rifle/shotgun?"
Yes, it is legal to open carry rifles/shotguns but for several reasons we do not advocate for it at this time. Our organization is focused on the right to openly carry properly holstered handguns in daily American life. We do NOT promote the carry of long guns. Long guns are great! LOCAL Founders and most of the members of this forum own at least one long gun - but due to urban area issues of muzzle control, lack of trigger guard coverage, and the fact that the long gun carry issue distracts from our main mission to promote the open carry of handguns in daily life, we will leave long gun carry activism in the capable hands of the future founders of web sites about long gun carry. Basically it distracts from our main mission of normalizing carry of firearms commonly used in self defense. 99% of the time the average citizen will be carrying a pistol instead of a rifle and that is what we concentrate on. One step at a time as we say.



LOCAL and WGNO Behind The Badge 2:46

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Normand answers a question from Louisiana Open Carry Awareness League on the Behind The Badge segment of the WGNO newscast which aired in New Orleans.


LOCAL members speak before the St Helena Police Jury

LOCAL members spoke before the St Helena Police Jury regarding restrictions on carrying weapons in public. At their next meeting the Police Jury revised the ordinances based on the recommendations made by the LOCAL representatives.


LOCAL-WAFB Behind The Badge 1:44

Louisiana Open Carry Awareness League had WAFB reporter Greg Merriwether ask a La State Police rep about the legal right to open carry in this state in this Behind The Badge segment.

Louisiana Open Carry Report 3 09 WGNO2 2:11

This report on the right to open carry in Louisiana aired on WGNO 26 in New Orleans. Louisiana Open Carry Awareness League is mentioned in the report.


La Open Carry-WBRZ Channel 2 10pm 2:07

Open Carry meetup in Hammond, Louisiana. This aired on WBRZ Channel 2 in Baton Rouge. It took place in 2009 and several of the people in this video would go on to form Louisiana Open Carry Awareness League.


“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.”
Article 1, Section11,
LA State Constitution

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