Gun laws in Louisiana

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Location of Louisiana in the United States

Gun laws in Louisiana regulate the sale, possession, and use of firearms and ammunition in the state of Louisiana in the United States.[1][2]

Summary table[edit]

Subject/Law Long Guns Hand Guns Relevant Statutes Notes
State permit required to purchase? No No
Firearm registration? No No
Assault weapon law? No No
Magazine capacity restriction? No No
Owner license required? No No
Permit required for concealed carry? N/A Yes La. R.S. 40:95
La. R.S. 40:1379.3
Louisiana is a "shall issue" state for citizens and lawful permanent residents who are 21 years or older.
Permit required for open carry? No No May carry openly without permit, except local ordinances passed before July 15, 1985 are valid.
Castle Doctrine/Stand Your Ground law? Yes Yes La. R.S. 14:19
State preemption of local restrictions? Yes Yes La. R.S. 40:1796 Local ordinances passed before July 15, 1985 are grandfathered in.
NFA weapons restricted? No No
Peaceable Journey laws? No No
Background checks required for private sales? No No
Duty to inform? No Yes La. R.S. 40:1379.3

Louisiana gun laws[edit]

Louisiana is a "shall issue" state for concealed carry. The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections shall issue a concealed handgun permit to qualified applicants, after performing an NICS background check and giving the local police 10 days to provide additional information about the applicant. An applicant must demonstrate handgun proficiency by taking a training course from an approved instructor, or by having been trained while serving in the military. Concealed carry is not permitted in any portion of the permitted area of an establishment that has been granted a class A-General retail permit, to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, or in any place of worship, government meeting place, courthouse, police station, polling place, parade, or in certain other locations.[3][4][5]

Open carry of firearms in Louisiana is permitted without a permit, as long as the user is of at least 18 years of age and legally able to possess a firearm under state and federal law.[6]

Louisiana has state preemption of firearms laws, except for local laws passed before July 15, 1985. Government bodies other than the state may not sue firearms manufacturers, dealers, or trade associations for damages that are the result of lawful activities. St. Mary Parish has adopted a Second Amendment sanctuary resolution.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "State Gun Laws: Louisiana", National Rifle Association – Institute for Legislative Action. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "Louisiana State Law Summary", Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
  3. ^ "Louisiana State Police – Concealed Handgun Permit Unit". Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  4. ^ Louisiana Concealed Carry CCW Laws and Information on Archived September 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Louisiana Concealed Carry Permit Information on". Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  6. ^ La. R.S. 14:95.8
  7. ^ Castay Jr., Howard J. "Councilman opposes Second Amendment Sanctuary status". The Daily Iberian. Retrieved March 19, 2020.