Volume 32 | January 01, 2023

LSA Monthly Update
A Monthly Electronic Newsletter from the Louisiana Shooting Association, Inc.
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The LSA wishes you a very happy and productive 2023.

Annual Meeting and Elections

The Annual Meeting of Members and Election of one third of the Directors will occur on Sunday, May 5, 2023 at Cabela's in Gozales in their upstairs meeting room.

Please note that Cabela's has changed it's Sunday hours to open at 10:00 AM. The doors will open for meeting registration as soon after 10:00 AM as possible. All members in good standing are eligible to vote.

If you are interested in getting involved, consider running for the Board of Directors!

"There is no historical evidence supporting an arbitrary prohibition on purchase and ownership of handguns for young adults over the age of 18.”

Alan M. Gottlieb

Lawsuit Asks Courts to Declare Handgun Ban for Young Adults Unconstitutional

The Second Amendment Foundation filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in West Virginia, challenging the federal prohibition on handgun sales to young adults ages 18-20, and is asking for a declaratory judgment and injunctive relief.

The SAF and the LSA have filed a similar suit in Louisiana.

Joining SAF in this legal action are the West Virginia Citizens Defense League and two private citizens, Benjamin Weekley and Steven Brown. Defendants are the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, ATF Director Steven Dettelbach and Attorney General Merrick Garland, in their official capacities. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia. The case is known as Brown v. ATF.


Weekley and Brown, both being in the affected age group, were unable to purchase handguns from a West Virginia sporting goods store earlier this year. According to the lawsuit, “The Handgun Ban impermissibly infringes upon the right to keep and bear arms of all law-abiding, peaceable individuals aged eighteen to twenty,” and further asserts the ban “is flatly unconstitutional under the Second Amendment” and Supreme Court opinions in the 2008 Heller case and 2022 Bruen decision.


“There is no historical evidence supporting an arbitrary prohibition on purchase and ownership of handguns for young adults over the age of 18,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “Indeed, history goes the other direction, with young adults considered mature enough for militia service, duty in the armed forces and in today’s world being able to vote, run for public office, start businesses, get married, enter into contracts and enjoy the full protections set down in the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth amendments. 


“Yet these same young adults are hampered by a politically selected age limit that prohibits them from purchasing handguns from licensed firearms dealers,” he added. “This makes absolutely no sense. This handgun ban for young adults is an unconstitutional infringement of their rights s protected by the Second Amendment.”

2022 Year in Review for Hunters

  • The Department of the Interior dropped “expand access to hunting” from its hunting council goals even though it was prioritized in previous administrations. Hunting access is clearly not a priority to the Biden Administration
  • National Wildlife Refuges: A federal judge in Montana denied a motion to intervene filed by Safari Club International, NRA, Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation, and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.  These partners sought to defend the 2020 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regulation that expanded hunting and fishing opportunities on almost 100 National Wildlife Refuges around the United States.
  • In its draft 2022-2023 Hunt Fish Rule, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reduces the regulatory burden on the public by increasing access for hunters on federal lands and waters. However, with no supporting scientific data to suggest that lead hunting ammunition harms the environment, the agency proposes to phase out lead ammunition in National Wildlife Refuges throughout the country. The rule would also prohibit the use of lead fishing tackle. The rule was finalized with the lead restrictions.
  • Senator Steve Daines of Montana introduced the Protecting Access for Hunters and Anglers Act of 2022. The Act addresses the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2022 Hunt Fish rule, which includes several bans and phaseouts of lead ammunition and which will significantly limit access for hunters across the country.
  • Congressman Andrew Clyde (GA-R) introduced the RETURN (Repealing Excise Tax on Unalienable Rights Now) our Constitutional Rights Act. This bill would eliminate a primary funding source for state fish and wildlife agencies through the Pittman-Robertson fund.
  • Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced that, after extensive negotiations and continued advocacy from both Alaska’s senate delegation and sportsmen across the U.S, the Department of Homeland Security updated the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) eliminated the expiration date from form 4457. This was an Obama era tactic to harass lawful gun owners who hunt outside the borders of the US.


How to Ship a Gun

Did you know you can ship guns across the country? Yep, I’ve done it several times—usually to send a gun back to a manufacturer to have work done on it, but I’ve also mailed a gun to myself in advance of a trip so I didn’t have to fly with it to my destination. Mailing a gun isn’t overly difficult, but it can be a real pain if you don’t know the tricks to doing it properly. You can’t just slap a label on a gun and ship it to whoever you want. Here’s how you ship a gun, legally.

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