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La., Texas have reciprocal gun law agreement

Last Modified: Monday, April 14, 2014 1:19 PM

By Andrew Perzo / American Press

I’m planning on taking a trip to Texas, me and my wife, in another month or so on a vacation, and I’d like to know if it’s legal to carry a pistol in your car.

Louisiana and Texas have reciprocity agreements, and each recognizes firearm permits issued by the other, including those for concealed handguns.

“Pursuant to R.S. 40:1379.3(T)(1) a valid permit in another state is valid in Louisiana if the issuing state honors concealed handgun permits issued by Louisiana,” reads the website of the Louisiana State Police.

“Permit holders are reminded that while carrying a concealed handgun in another state they are bound by that state’s laws governing concealed carry and permittees from other reciprocal states are bound by Louisiana concealed carry laws while in Louisiana.”

Keep in mind that, unlike in Louisiana, it’s illegal in Texas to keep a firearm in plain view in a motor vehicle.

According to the state police website, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Rhode Island don’t recognize Louisiana handgun permits.

Connecticut and Delaware, the site says, haven’t responded to reciprocity requests.

For more information, call the Texas Department of Public Safety at 512-424-7293.

Online: www.lsp.org; www.dps.texas.gov/InternetForms/Forms/CHL-16.pdf.

La. has no provision for show-up pay

Is it true that if they ask me to go to work when I’m not scheduled to work and then change their mind when I get there that they’re supposed to pay me for two hours of work?

No.

Just over a half-dozen states and the District of Columbia have reporting-time or show-up pay statutes, but Louisiana isn’t among them.

And the show-up pay laws vary widely by state, with some applying to only minors and others setting different requirements on compensable hours.

Additionally, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act contains no provision compelling employers to pay workers who show up when no work is available.

“For example, an employee of a roofing company arrives for work at 8:00 a.m., as he or she was told to do. The employer tells him or her that they will not be working that day because it is too cold,” reads the U.S. Department of Labor’s website.

“The employee is sent home. Since the employee did not perform any work, the FLSA would not require the employer to consider any of the time as hours worked or to give the employee show-up pay.”

But the Labor Department site points out that contracts and informal agreements between some employers and their workers may provide for show-up pay.

Online: www.dol.gov.

The Informer answers questions from readers each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. It is researched and written by Andrew Perzo, an American Press staff writer. To ask a question, call 494-4098 and leave voice mail, or email informer@americanpress.com.

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