Louisiana Second Amendment Tax Holiday

The 2010 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 3rd, 4th, and 5th.

All consumer purchases of firearms, ammunition and hunting supplies. Firearms eligible for the sales tax exemption include shotguns, rifles, pistols, revolvers, or other handguns, which may be legally sold or purchased in Louisiana. Ammunition intended to be fired from a gun or firearm is eligible for the sales tax exemption. Hunting supplies are eligible for the sales tax exemption only if used for and designed for hunting.

At lot more firearms, hunting, and camping accessories and gear is covered.

Remembering Katrina

The Great New Orleans Gun Grab by Gordon Hutchinson and Todd MassonThere’s been a lot of new coverage of the 5-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and all the problems it caused in New Orleans. Like the original go-round, the plight of the areas where the hurricane actually hit got much less coverage. So go check out this post I wrote back at the time on Murdoc Online showing many photos of the effects of Katrina east of New Orleans.

Something else that must not be forgotten about Katrina and its aftermath was the eagerness with which the local New Orleans law enforcement agencies tried to confiscate legally-owned firearms. At a time when people were on their own more than ever, the police spent an awful lot of effort to disarm law-abiding citizens when they should have been protecting them.

If you have only a passing knowledge of those events, I heartily recommend reading The Great New Orleans Gun Grab by Gordon Hutchinson and Todd Masson.

Louisiana Act 944

Concealed-carry permit holders given more license to pack heat

When God’s shield of armor isn’t enough, Louisiana Act 944 may be.

The new concealed-carry law, which went into effect Sunday, allows permitted citizens to pack heat at places of worship.

Each church is still allowed to set its own policy.

Bishop Sam Jacobs, of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, issued a written statement Friday saying that no concealed weapons will be allowed in Catholic churches.

The Bishop claims that he respects the right of someone to carry a concealed weapon if they have a permit.

“But at the same time, we have rights as well and we do not wish our rights to be violated to honor that person’s right.”

I’d be curious to know what specific “rights” he’s worried would be “violated” by someone else exercising their rights. If he means that he’s got a “right” to go to a church without guns, I think he’s misusing the term “right.” Like when people claim there’s some sort of the “right” to a job, or health care, or happiness.

Remember, these are the guys who took away citizens’ guns to keep New Orleans safe

Ex-cop pleads guilty in Katrina shootings

A former police lieutenant pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to obstruct justice after federal officials say he helped cover for officers who killed two people in the chaos following Hurricane Katrina.

Federal investigators say former Lt. Michael Lohman knew two people shot to death as they crossed the Danziger Bridge had no weapons, but he and others filed false reports to make the shootings seem justified. Four other people were wounded.

To serve and protect.

Needed to get some holes fixed

Suspect shot during break-in found at hospital

Shreveport, LA:

Caddo Parish Deputies say they’ve made an arrest related to an early Thursday morning home invasion.

Investigators say the break-in happened just after 3 am at a home in the 1100 block of Oak Grove Lane. According to deputies, the homeowner was awakened when he heard someone kicking in the front door of his house. The homeowner said he grabbed a handgun, and when the suspect came into the bedroom, the homeowner shot at the suspect several times. The suspect then ran from the house.

Deputies found an “AK-47” dropped near the door the intruder had kicked in.

23 State Attorneys General To Attorney General Holder: “No Semi-Auto Ban”

Via the NRA-ILA:

On June 11, the top law enforcement officials of nearly half the states signed a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, expressing their opposition to reinstatement of the federal ban on semi-automatic firearms.

“We share the Obama Administration’s commitment to reducing illegal drugs and violent crime within the United States. We also share your deep concern about drug cartel violence in Mexico. However, we do not believe that restricting law-abiding Americans’ access to certain semi-automatic firearms will resolve any of these problems,” the letter said.

The letter notes congressional opposition to bringing back the ban, and calls for increasing enforcement of existing laws.

We encourage NRA members to let these state officials know we appreciate them standing up to the incessant clamor for gun control that is currently coming from anti-gun groups and their media allies.

The 23 state Attorneys General, in alphabetical order, by state, are:
Continue reading 23 State Attorneys General To Attorney General Holder: “No Semi-Auto Ban”

Please Tread on Me

Couldn’t see this coming:

Suspect detained over ‘extremist’ bumper sticker

A Louisiana driver was stopped and detained for having a “Don’t Tread on Me” bumper sticker on his vehicle and warned by a police officer about the “subversive” message it sent, according to the driver’s relative.

The situation developed in the small town of Ball, La., where a receptionist at the police department told WND she knew nothing about the traffic stop, during which the “suspect” was investigated for “extremist” activities, the relative said.

The flag some of our founders fought under is ‘extremist.’

On a related note, I’ve had a DTOM magnet on the back of my car for several years. It was a snake in the shape of the ribbons so popular these days. I gave a bunch out as Christmas gifts one year to friends and family.

A few weeks ago, someone stole the magnet off my car. Jerks. I wonder if it was the same people who stole the US flag off of our front porch one weekend while we were away.

I’ve ordered quite a bit of gear from Gadsden and Culpepper over the years. Good stuff. Check ’em out and tell ’em Murdoc sent you.

Our troops are finally set to withdraw

National Guard set to pull out of New Orleans

Three and a half years after Hurricane Katrina, the National Guard is pulling the last of its troops out of New Orleans this weekend, leaving behind a city still desperate and dangerous.

Residents long distrustful of the city’s police force are worried they will have to fend for themselves.

“I don’t know if crime will go up after these guys leave. But I know a lot more of us will be packing our own pieces now to make sure we’re protected,” said Calvin Stewart, owner of a restaurant and store.

Well, unless the cops come knocking on your door to confiscate them again.

Police Superintendent Warren Riley says “we’re ready to handle things.” We all hope he means handle crime and security and not handle regular citizens out of their legal firearms. (Be sure to read Gordon Hutchinson’s The Great New Orleans Gun Grab if you haven’t already.)

To be honest, I don’t think I knew there were still any NG units in New Orleans. Apparently it was down to only a few dozen. But three and a half years later?

In less than four years our military stabilized the region and re-established law, order, and democracy for its citizens.

Yes, that’s sarcasm. Barely.