§95.2.2. Reckless discharge of a firearm at a parade or demonstration
A. Reckless discharge of a firearm at a parade or demonstration is the reckless or criminally negligent discharge of a firearm within one thousand feet of any parade, demonstration, or gathering for which a permit is issued by a governmental entity.
B. For the purposes of this Section:
(1) "Firearm" means any pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun, submachine gun, excluding black powder weapons, or assault rifle which is designed to fire or is capable of firing fixed cartridge ammunition or from which a shot or projectile is discharged by an explosive.
(2) "Parade" for the purposes of this Section shall be defined as any celebration of Mardi Gras or directly related pre-Lenten or carnival-related festivities, school parades, parish parades, state parades, or municipal parades, or any demonstration or gathering for which a permit is issued by a governmental entity.
(3) "Reckless or criminally negligent" means that although neither specific nor general criminal intent is present, there is such disregard of the interest of others that the offender's conduct amounts to a gross deviation below the standard of care expected to be maintained by a reasonably careful man under like circumstances.
C. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to:
(1) A federal, state, or local law enforcement officer in the performance of his official duties.
(2) The possession of a firearm occurring within one thousand feet of a public gathering entirely within a private residence or in accordance with a concealed handgun permit issued pursuant to R.S. 40:1379.1.
(3) The possession or discharge of a firearm by a person who holds a valid certificate as a living historian in the use, storage, and handling of black powder issued by the Louisiana office of state parks for the purpose of historic reenactments if the firearm is a black powder weapon which is an antique firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(16), or an antique device exempted from the term "destructive device" in 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(4).
(4) The discharge of a firearm by a person engaged in any lawful hunting or sport shooting activity on public or private property.
D. Whoever commits the crime of reckless or negligent discharge of a firearm at a parade or demonstration shall be sentenced to imprisonment at hard labor for not less than five nor more than fifteen years, at least three years of the sentence imposed shall be served without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence and shall be fined not more than five thousand dollars.
E. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to the discharge of any firearm which has been authorized as part of the parade itself.
Acts 2009, No. 150, §1; Acts 2012, No. 382, §1.