State Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Bossier City, will speak at the Baton Rouge Press Club today about his new statewide campaign called “Defend Louisiana,” which he says is designed to defend gun ownership rights in Louisiana.

The initiative is a response to federal efforts to put new limits on guns. Thompson also is co-sponsor of legislation, to be considered in the upcoming regular session, that proposes to ban state enforcement of any new federal restrictions on semi-automatic firearms.

Press Club meets at De La Ronde Hall, 320 Third St. in downtown Baton Rouge. Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

The public is invited, but only members of the Press Club and the news media are allowed to ask questions during the question-and-answer portion of the program.