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Louisiana Gun Laws: What You Need to Know

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As a responsibly armed American, you already know how challenging it can be to stay up to date on constantly changing gun laws…

Louisiana gun owners, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered some of the most frequently asked firearms questions in your state. Read on for answers to some of the top questions regarding Louisiana gun laws. (Not from Louisiana? Check the Legal & Second Amendment tab for your state.)

Can You Carry a Concealed Weapon in Louisiana?

The state of Louisiana does not prohibit the open carry of firearms in public, however, there may be local restrictions. Therefore, it is legal in Louisiana without a permit for anyone at least 18 years old that is not prohibited from carrying a firearm. Concealed carry is legal with a Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) or a permit/license from a state Louisiana recognizes. CHPs are available for residents only; non-resident permits are not available. An applicant must be at least 21 years old, a resident of Louisiana and complete a firearms training course. There are exemptions for non-residents who are in the military and have a Louisiana driver’s license or Louisiana state ID.

Is It Legal to Open Carry in Louisiana?

Yes, open carry is legal in Louisiana without a permit for any adult who is not prohibited from carrying a firearm. Although Louisiana state law indicates 17 as the minimum age, federal law dictates the minimum age as 18 years old. Some areas are off-limits, including parades and bars.

Can You Carry a Loaded Gun in Your Car in Louisiana?

Yes. Per the Louisiana State Police (LSP) Concealed Handguns Frequently Asked Questions, under most circumstances, carrying a handgun in a motor vehicle is legal in Louisiana. There are no state laws prohibiting vehicle carry.

Can You Carry a Gun in a Bar in Louisiana?

No. Any establishment that sells alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises is off-limits for concealed carry permit holders. For restaurants with bars, the bar areas are off-limits. In addition, some establishments may post signs stating that firearms are not allowed. Concealed carry is not allowed while under the influence of alcohol (BAC of 0.05 or greater) or a controlled dangerous substance (when a blood test or urine test shows any confirmed presence of a controlled dangerous substance as defined in L.R.S. 40:961 and 40:964).

As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.

 You Carry a Gun in a Casino in Louisiana?

No. ​No weapons, as defined in the Louisiana Criminal Code, are permitted in the designated gaming areas of casinos. This excludes guns in the possession of full-time commissioned law enforcement officers who are on duty and within their respective jurisdictions as well as on-duty gaming security personnel who are licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners.

Is Louisiana a ‘Stand Your Ground’ State?

Yes. Louisiana is a Castle Doctrine state with a “stand your ground” statute. In Louisiana, deadly force is legal when preventing a forcible crime against you or a forcible crime or trespass against your property only if the force or violence used is reasonable and apparently necessary to prevent the crime. The law applies if you are lawfully inside a dwelling, a place of business or a motor vehicle when the conflict begins. The force must also be against a person who is attempting to make an unlawful entry or who has made an unlawful entry. And you must reasonably believe that the force or violence is necessary to prevent the entry or to compel the intruder to leave. There is no duty to retreat before using force or violence.

Are Tasers Legal in Louisiana?

Yes. Stun guns and Tasers are legal to purchase and possess without a permit in Louisiana.

Ready to Learn More About Louisiana Gun Laws?

It is your responsibility as a gun owner to know and understand the laws regarding your concealed carry rights. The USCCA’s Concealed Carry Reciprocity & Gun Laws Map has been designed to help inform and educate armed citizens like you. To learn more about Louisiana’s concealed carry permit application process, concealed carry restrictions and training requirements, visit the Louisiana gun laws page now…

The information contained on this website is provided as a service to USCCA, Inc. members and the concealed carry community. It does not constitute legal advice. Although we attempt to address all areas of concealed carry laws in all states, we make no claims, representations, warranties, promises or guarantees as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information disclosed. Legal advice must always be tailored to the individual facts and circumstances of each individual case. Laws are constantly changing, and, as such, nothing contained on this website should be used as a substitute for the advice of a lawyer.

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