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Defend Louisiana Campaign

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A state representative has started a campaign to "Defend Louisiana."

Bossier City State Representative Jeff Thompson (R) launched the campaign this week, to encourage citizen's to voice their concerns centered around the right to bear arms.

"Defend LA is an effort to defend your right to protect your family and enjoy your second amendment right."

The Defend LA website, Facebook and Twitter allows citizens to sign a petition in support of the campaign.

The pledge on the defendla.org site reads

"I pledge to defend the right for law abiding citizens to protect their families, and will work against attempts to restrict my right to keep and bear arms by standing up for the Second Amendment and letting my voice be heard."

Thompson said this is an effort to let elected officials know about citizen's concerns, when it comes to protecting their families.

"If you choose to have a firearm for protection," Thompson began, "or for enjoying the outdoors, for shooting enthusiasts, we are here to defend your right."

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama unveiled legislative proposals he is backing, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning military-style assault rifles and limiting the amount of ammunition that can be purchased. Thompson said he, along with other lawmakers, will fight the proposals. He also mentioned composing legislation, in Louisiana, that would make it illegal for anyone to publish the names of individuals who own concealed weapon permits.

While Louisiana has tough standards on gun ownership, Thompson says the petition and campaign extends beyond one state.

"It's about law-abiding citizens, who want to protect their families, they should have the right to do so."

Thompson plans to tour the state to collect more signatures for the petition. He will unveil the signed petition at the start of the legislative session on April 8th.

Hope Ford

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