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THESE ANSWERS RELATE TO CURRENT LOUISIANA LAW ONLY. FURTHERMORE, IT IS UNDERSTOOD THAT ANY LAW, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE STATUTE MAY SAY, IS INTERPRETABLE AT ALL LEVELS AND APPLICATION OF THE LAW IS ALMOST ALWAYS SUBJECTIVE BASED ON THE PARTIES INVOLVED AND THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE INCIDENT IN QUESTION.
ALSO, WHILE I MAY SAY FOR THE SAKE OF BREVITY, "YOU CANNOT BE ARRESTED" OR "YOU CANNOT BE CHARGED", IT IS WITH THE CAVEAT THAT YOU CAN BE CHARGED OR ARRESTED FOR ANYTHING AT ANYTIME. IT IS UP TO THE OFFICER. NOW, ONCE IT GOES TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY OR COURTROOM, THEN IT MAY BE THROWN OUT, OR YOU MAY HAVE GROUNDS FOR A LAWSUIT. FURTHERMORE, AS MANY WILL ARGUE, IF YOU WERE EVER CONVICTED OF SOME OF THESE LAWS OR CIRCUMSTANCES, YOU MAY HAVE GROUNDS TO APPEAL ON CONSTITUTIONALITY. I AM SPEAKING THEORETICALLY WITH THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THERE IS NO FORCE FIELD STOPPING A COP FROM MAKING A FALSE OR POORLY INTERPRETED ARREST.
WHAT IF....... scenario based questions simply cannot be answered accurately because there are infinite variables that could alter the outcome, the greatest of which are the totality of the circumstances of the incident in question. I hate to say it, but that is what a jury is for. After the fact, the jury decides if what you did based on the totality of the circumstances and the "reasonableness standard" were....reasonable. It does not have to be the "right" thing, but it has to be a reasonable thing.
Q: I can't find you on the Louisiana State Police Instructor list.
A: I'm listed under Christopher R. Ortego, Instructor number 681
Q: Where are your classes held?
A: Classes are held at Acadiana Gunworks at 109-A Park West Drive, Suite 1, Scott, Louisiana. We are limited to 6 people due to the size of our classroom. If you wish to have a private class we can accommodate more people at a different location we have setup.
Q: What are the shooting requirements?
A: The state of Louisiana's Live fire requires each applicant or permittee shall score 100 percent hits within the silhouette portion of an N.R.A. B-27 type silhouette target with at least 36 rounds. 12 rounds at 6, 10, and 15 feet with a reload on each one.
Q: What are the age requirements for someone to get a CCW Permit in Louisiana?
A: You have to be 21 years or older to get a permit but I suggest anyone that owns a handgun take the class. Also you can not have been arrested with in the past 5 years for any reason. Also you can not have any felonies. When you submit your paperwork to the State Police you must provide any relevent paperwork concerning any arrests
Q: Do I have to get a CCW Permit if I take the class.
A: No, you can take the class to get educated on firearm safety without having to get a permit.
Q: What if I don't get 100% of the rounds on the target?
A: I can't pass you. Sorry. But you can try again the next day.
Q: I need to renew my permit. Can I just give you the money and you can just hand me the certificate?
A: NO! I refuse to lose my license. And anyone asking me this I will turn into the State Police, and your permit will be revoked.
Q: Why should we go to you?
A: I'm glad you ask. I truly care about each and every student, which is why we prefer small classes. I want to make sure those taking my class understand their responsibilities that go along with their rights. After taking the course my students have access to me for any and all questions. Also I'm not in this business to sell you anything. I want to make sure that you are safe out there in the world. We generally have a gunsmith on hand as well to answer technical questions.
Q: Do I have to carry the firearm I qualify with:
A: Nope that's why we teach both revolver and semi-auto handguns. But I would hope you qualify with what you carry so that I get a true test of your abilities.
Q: Are there any prerequisites to taking the course?
A: No, but it's a good idea to read over everything that the state police has on their site (www.lsp.org/handguns) including the state rule book for Conceal Carry Permits. Also I highly suggest anything written by Massad Ayoob. He's the grand wizard of everything Conceal Carry.
Q: Do you offer any other classes?
A: Right now I'm working on other certifications and other classes. I'll post those when they are available.
Q: Can I carry my firearm concealed in a restaurant that serves alcohol.
A: During the 2014 Louisiana Legislative session a bill was passed that clarified that you can carry concealed in a restaurant that serves alcohol.
Q: Does that mean I can't carry in the supermarket or convenience store?
A: Unless they have specific signage that says NO FIREARMS, then you can unless otherwise notified. The law says that you can't carry on property that has a liquor license that allows for drinking on the property. Generally convenience stores and groceries only have a license to sell but not to drink.
Q: Can I carry concealed on my person while I am inside of my vehicle even if I do not have a permit?
A: Yes and no. You can carry concealed in your vehicle if you have a permit. You may open carry anywhere that the state allows but you can not conceal carry without a permit. You can carry your firearm in your vehicle hidden as long as it is not physically on your body. If you have a permit and you are stopped by police then you are legally required to let them know you are carrying or that it is in your car. I highly recommend doing this even if you don't have a permit. If you have a permit and are not carrying I suggest telling the officer anyway because when they run your drivers license it will tell the officer you have a permit and it might spook the officer.
Q: Can I conceal carry when I'm out hunting?
A: Sure... if you have a Conceal Carry Permit. But why would you want to conceal carry while hunting? I suggest open carrying while hunting.
Q: A business owner or private property owner cannot limit your ability to carry a firearm onto their property.
A: False. Just because a location is open to the public does not make it public property. Any private property owner can ask you to leave or abide by whatever rules he desires at anytime for any reason. Failure to do so could result in arrest for Trespassing or Remaining After Forbidden.
The same is true for any private property owner as well as the owner of a private residence. LARS 40:1379.3 Statewide permits for concealed handguns; application procedures; definitions specifically REQUIRES that before entering the private residence of another, that you first obtain permission if you are carrying under the authority of your permit.
Q:Are you required to carry proof (receipt) that you own a gun. What do you do if stopped by police and asked for “proof” you own a firearm?
A:There is no legal requirement.
However, if you travel into areas that are known for rights violations or just simple ignorance about gun laws, like New Orleans, it might not be a bad idea to have a copy of your receipt in your glove box just in case to make life easier for you.
However, LEGALLY, they cannot confiscate your gun if you cannot show proof of ownership. They have to prove it was stolen (recovered property) or used in a crime (evidence) in order to seize it.
If Law Enforcement persists, politely advise them of the fact that there is no legal requirement and ask politely to speak to a supervisor.
Q: Can I carry during Mardi Gras?
A: The way the law is worded you CAN carry if you are part of the crowd behind the barricades. You CAN NOT carry if you are part of the parade. However this law still is in the realm of the GRAY area. As of this posting no one has ever been arrested for legal conceal carry during Mardi Gras to test the wording of this law. We recommend that you not carry at all during Mardi Gras so you don't become the first one to test the law.
Q: What would cause us to fail the class? Have you ever failed someone?
A: Just because you pay me doesn't mean I won't fail you. I am bound by law to hold you accountable for your actions in the class. If I deem you to not be a safe person with a firearm I will not issue you a certificate. What will cause you to fail the course: Not meeting the required score on the test. Not hitting 100% of your rounds on the target. Negligent discharge of a firearm.
Although it is rare any instructor fails a student, it does happen. To put it bluntly, my life and the life of others is not worth me passing you.
Q: What can I expect from the class?
A: I have been handling firearms since I was 5 years old. I plan on sharing everything I have learned from age 5 till today. Which is a whole lot. If you practice what I teach in this class you will be ready for whatever is thrown at you. First time shooters can expect to be nervous. It happens with everyone. I take things slow and there are no dumb questions. The reason you are taking this class is to dispel ignorance and fear. Your life may depend on a question you think is silly so don't hesitate to ask. Advanced shooters that take this class might get bored with the basics but that's why I do have a section on more advanced subjects.