Louisiana is a shall-issue state. Concealed weapons permits are processed at the state level by the Department of Public Safety.
There is no permit, background check or firearms registration required when buying a handgun from a private individual.
The state of Louisiana does not prohibit the open carry of firearms in public. Therefore, it is legal in Louisiana without a permit for anyone at least 18 years old that is not prohibited from carrying a firearm. Some areas are off-limits, including parades and bars.
Concealed carry is legal for residents with a Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) and for non-residents with a permit/license from a state recognized by Louisiana. CHPs are available for residents and members of the military permanently stationed in Louisiana; non-resident permits are not available. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, a resident of LA 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. In terms of reciprocity, Louisiana honors permits issued by states that recognize Louisiana permits.
Use of Force in Defense The use of force is justifiable under either of the following circumstances:
When committed for the purpose of preventing a forcible offense against the person or a forcible offense or trespass against property in a person’s lawful possession, provided that the force or violence used must be reasonable and apparently necessary to prevent such offense.
When committed by a person against an unlawful entry into the dwelling, place of business or motor vehicle, and the person using the force or violence reasonably believes that the use of force or violence is necessary to prevent the entry or to compel the intruder to leave the dwelling, place of business or motor vehicle.
Defense of Others It is justifiable to use deadly force when it is reasonably apparent that the person attacked could have justifiably used such means himself, and when it is reasonably believed that such intervention is necessary to protect the other person.
Can you carry a concealed firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol in Louisiana?
Yes, but not in the bar area, with a Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit or a permit from a state Louisiana recognizes, unless posted. Based on the Louisiana State Police website, for purposes of concealed handgun law, a permittee is considered under the influence of alcohol when a blood alcohol reading of .05% or greater by weight of alcohol in the blood is obtained, or a blood or urine test shows any confirmed presence of a CDS.
Can you carry or possess a firearm on hotel property in Louisiana?
Louisiana statutes don't specifically address firearms at hotels. Please note that each hotel develops their own policies and the individual hotel should be contacted to inquire about it's concealed carry policy. See theHandguns at Hotels pagefor additional information.
Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?
Does Louisiana have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?
No property owner, tenant, public or private employer, or business entity shall prohibit any person who lawfully possesses a firearm from transporting or storing a firearm in a locked, privately-owned motor vehicle in any parking lot, parking garage, or other designated parking area. However, firearms must be hidden from plain view or within a locked case or container within the vehicle. This does not apply to properties where the possession of firearms is prohibited under state or federal law.
No definition of brandishing was found in Louisiana law. However, negligent carrying of a concealed handgun is the intentional or criminally negligent carrying by any person when it is foreseeable that the handgun may discharge, or when others are placed in reasonable apprehension that the handgun may discharge, or when the handgun is being carried, brandished or displayed under circumstances that create a reasonable apprehension on the part of members of the public or a law enforcement official that a crime is being committed or is about to be committed.
Carry While Using Alcohol or a Controlled Dangerous Substance?
Does Louisiana have laws regarding carrying a concealed firearm while using alcohol or a controlled dangerous substance?
Not 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.
Does Louisiana issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?
Yes, but only for members of the military permanently stationed in Louisiana with a Louisiana driver’s license or Louisiana state ID.
PUBLIC ACCESS TO CONCEALED CARRY REGISTRY?
Does Louisiana allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?
No. The public cannot access the Louisiana concealed carry registry.
Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in Louisiana?
No. You do not need a permit to buy a handgun in Louisiana.
Background Checks for Private Gun Sales?
Are background checks required for private gun sales in Louisiana?
No. Private firearms transfers are not subject to a background check requirement, although federal and state purchaser prohibitions, including age restrictions, still apply. It is recommended that you retain any sales receipts to prove ownership of the gun.
Louisiana Permit Exempts from Background Check?
Does my current Louisiana concealed carry permit exempt me from needing a background check when I purchase a firearm?
Yes. Five-year concealed handgun permits issued on or after March 9, 2015 qualify. Lifetime permits do not qualify.
Is there a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Louisiana?
No. There is no waiting period to purchase a handgun in Louisiana.
Do handguns need to be registered in Louisiana?
No. Handguns do not need to be registered in Louisiana.
Minimum Age to Possess and Transport?
What is the minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in Louisiana?
You must be at least 18 years old to transport or possess a handgun in Louisiana.
Louisiana honors permits issued by states that recognize Louisiana permits. The minimum age to conceal carry is 21 years old. Louisiana residents must have a Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) to carry in the state.
Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.
States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Louisiana
Louisiana offers resident and non-resident (military with Louisiana State ID's) permits. If indicated with “Resident only” below, that state only honors Louisiana resident permits (and not those issued to non-residents).
Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. The minimum age* for permitless carry is shown. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.
*PC-18 = permitless carry if at least 18 years old
*PC-21 = permitless carry if at least 21 years old
Be a resident of the state of Louisiana or a member of the military permanently stationed in Louisiana;
Be a U.S. citizen;
Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor in this or any other state relating to a controlled dangerous substance within the last 5 years;
Not have been convicted of a crime of violence within the last 5 years;
Not have been convicted of a crime of violence or any crime punishable by imprisonment for a term of 1 year or greater. However, a person who has been convicted of a violation of 18 U.S.C. 491(a) shall be permitted to qualify for a concealed handgun permit if 15 or more years have elapsed;
Not have a history of engaging in violent behavior (there is a rebuttable presumption that an applicant has a history of engaging in violent behavior upon proof that, within the last 10 years, the applicant has, on 3 or more occasions, been arrested for or charged with any “crime of violence,” or has on 2 or more occasions been arrested for or charged with any crime of violence punishable by death);
Not have had a permit revoked within 4 years prior to the most recent application;
Not have had a permit denied within 1 year prior to the most recent application;
Not be a fugitive from justice;
Not be an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana, depressants, stimulants or narcotic drugs;
Not have been adjudicated to be mentally deficient or been committed to a mental institution (unless the applicant’s right to possess a firearm has been legally restored);
Not have been dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States; and
Initial permits and renewals - $125 (65 years and older or active duty military personnel - $62.50) Lifetime permits - $500.00 (65 years and older or active duty military personnel - $250.00)
*Note Louisiana exempts HONORABLY DISCHARGED veterans of the U.S. armed forces from all fees associated with 5-year or lifetime concealed handgun permits. This Act doesn’t affect currently active military personnel. Active duty personnel remain eligible to receive the half price discount with a copy of your most recent orders.
*Note If any applicant has not continuously resided in Louisiana for the past 15 years an additional $50.00 fee is required (HONORABLY DISCHARGED VETERANS ONLY are exempt from this fee).
Yes, but only for members of the military permanently stationed in Louisiana with a Louisiana driver’s license or Louisiana state ID. The process is the same as for residents.
Any permittee must notify the Department of any address or name change within 30 days of the change. Failure to timely notify the department of a name or address change may result in suspension of the permit for up to 30 days.
If your permit is lost or stolen, you need to notify the Concealed Handgun Permit Unit in a notarized written statement completely describing the loss or theft. Include a copy of any police reports made pertaining to this matter. A new permit will be mailed to your address of record.
Moving to Louisiana and interested in applying for a resident permit? How soon can you apply? Louisiana issues permits to residents and members of the military permanently stationed in Louisiana with a Louisiana driver’s license or Louisiana state ID only. You can apply for your permit with the Department of Public Safety once you have a Louisiana driver’s license or Louisiana state ID.
Moving from Louisiana and have a Louisiana resident permit? Does that permit transfer to your new state? Is there a grace period during which your Louisiana permit remains valid? According to LAC 55:I:1309.F, when a permittee ceases to reside in Louisiana the permit becomes invalid and must be returned to the Department of Public Safety. If the individual returns to Louisiana, he or she must reapply for a permit.
However, LRS 40:1379.3 J (4) states that a person who maintains a dwelling in Louisiana, but is residing elsewhere as a member of the United States military or as a student, is still considered to be a resident of Louisiana.
Louisiana Concealed Carry Permit Application Process
How to Apply for a Louisiana Concealed Carry Permit
Complete a firearm training course if required.
Download the application form or apply online.
Contact your local police office, sheriff’s department or State Police Headquarters in Baton Rouge for fingerprinting.
You will need some of the following documents:
Application with the 3 affidavits completed and notarized;
Copy of Louisiana driver’s license or state identification card;
Proof of training;
Two sets of fingerprints on an FBI Applicant Card;
Marital Status – If you are divorced, copies of the divorce settlement, decree or final judgment along with any orders or injunctions of the court must be included;
Arrests – If you have been arrested, you must include certified-true copies of court minutes as requested in the “Arrests, Detention and Litigation Section” of the application. You must still list violations that were EXPUNGED, DISMISSED or SET ASIDE or for which you were PARDONED;
Military – If you have served in the Armed Forces of the United States, you must include a copy of your DD-214. If you are currently serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, you must include a copy of your current orders or a copy of your military ID if allowed; and
Medical Summary Disposition – If you answered “yes” to any medical questions in #13-19, the Medical Summary must be completed by the treating physician. This information MUST be included with your application.
Submit your application and documents by mail to:
Louisiana State Police Concealed Handgun Permit Unit P.O. Box 66375 Baton Rouge, LA 70896
You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.
An applicant shall demonstrate competence with a handgun by any one of the following:
Completion of any National Rifle Association handguns safety or training course conducted by a National Rifle Association certified instructor;
Completion of any Department of Public Safety and Corrections approved firearms safety or training course or class available to the general public offered by a law enforcement agency, college, or private or public institution or organization or firearms training school;
Completion of any law enforcement firearms safety or training course or class approved by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections and offered for security guards, investigators, special deputies, or any division or subdivision of law enforcement or security enforcement;
Completion of small arms training while serving with the Armed Forces of the United States of America as evidenced by a DD-214 or service record evidence of having successfully completed small arms training and qualification.
The National Rifle Association’s personal protection course.
Refresher training is required for all permit renewal applications.
Permit holders will be notified in writing at their address of record, approximately 120 days prior to the expiration of the permit. The renewal application should be returned to the Department no less than 90 days prior to the expiration of the permit to allow sufficient time for processing. A renewal application must be submitted within 60 days of the expiration date. If the permit expired over 60 days, a new permit application is required.
Complete firearms refresher training within one year of renewal. All applicants shall demonstrate competence with a handgun by attending a course taught by a department approved instructor consisting of the following:
1. instruction on handgun nomenclature and safe handling procedures for a revolver and a semi-automatic pistol; 2. instruction on ammunition knowledge and fundamentals of pistol shooting; 3. instruction on handgun shooting positions; 4. instruction on the use of deadly force and conflict resolution which shall include a review of Louisiana R.S. 14:18-14:22 and which may include a review of any other laws relating to use of deadly force; 5. instruction on child access prevention; and 6. actual live range fire and proper handgun cleaning procedures:
a. live range fire shall include at a minimum 12 rounds each at 6 feet, 10 feet and 15 feet for a total of 36 rounds; b. each applicant or permittee shall perform at least one safe reload of the handgun at each distance; c. each applicant or permittee shall score 100 percent hits within the silhouette portion of an N.R.A. B-27 type silhouette target with at least 36 rounds.
Apply for a renewal permit in one of the following ways:
Download the application from the State Police website and complete the instructions found on pages one and two of the application; or
Request an application via telephone at (225) 925-4867.
Complete the renewal application, and submit the following:
Your training certificate;
A photocopy of your driver's license; and
The appropriate fees.
Paper applications and/or other documentation must be submitted to: Louisiana State Police Concealed Handgun Permit Unit PO Box 66375 Baton Rouge, LA 70896 ATTENTION: RENEWAL DEPT.
You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.
Online applicants will receive a confirmation email upon submission of their application and another email upon acceptance of their application. The acceptance email will contain a link to submit a credit card payment. If payment is not made within 30 days, the application will be purged from the system and will require a new submission to proceed.
Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.
Louisiana Rev. Stat. §§ 40:1379.1.3 and 1.4 establish the state requirements for LEOs and RLEOs to carry under LEOSA. The statutes indicate that once qualified, the officers may carry a concealed firearm anywhere in the state, including any place open to the public. Annual firearm qualification is conducted by the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST). The POST procedures state that if a retired officer was certified at the time of retirement and has not experienced a five-year break in full-time law enforcement service, the officer need only qualify with his weapon. If the retired officer failed to maintain his firearms qualification, he must successfully complete the Pre-Academy Firearms Course as prescribed by POST. POST has over 600 certified firearms instructors across the state.
Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Louisiana?
Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol? You can concealed carry in the restaurant area of an eatery, unless posted. However, concealed carry is not allowed in bars or the bar areas of restaurants.
Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license? Yes.
Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes.
Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests, and WMAs? Yes.
Carry in places of worship? Yes, as of August 1, 2020, with permission from someone with authority.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Louisiana?
Places off-limits even with a permit/license
Any school campus or school bus;
A law enforcement office, station or building;
A detention facility, prison or jail;
A courthouse or courtroom;
A polling place;
A municipal building or other public building or structure, only if the building or structure is utilized as the meeting place of the governing authority of a political subdivision;
The State Capitol building;
Any portion of an airport facility where the carrying of firearms is prohibited under federal law, except that no person shall be prohibited from carrying any legal firearm into the terminal, if the firearm is encased for shipment for the purpose of checking such firearm as lawful baggage;
A parade or demonstration for which a permit was issued by a governmental entity;
A private residence of another without first receiving the consent of that person;
Any establishment that sells alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises (for restaurants with bars, the bar areas are off-limits);
Designated gaming areas of casinos other than for full-time commissioned law enforcement officers who are on duty and within their respective jurisdiction or on-duty gaming security personnel who are licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners [La. Rev. State 42:17.2905]; and
It is legal to own and open or concealed carry any knife in Louisiana, except that it is not legal to concealed carry an automatic switchblade or any other automatic knife. Knives may not be carried on the property of elementary, secondary, high schools, vocational-technical schools, school buses and school functions/activities. The City of Shreveport prohibits possession of weapons at government facilities and facilities owned by the city.
I can legally carry a concealed firearm in Louisiana, but can I wear a COVID 19 protective mask while carrying concealed?
There is no known statute in Louisiana making it illegal to wear a COVID mask while carrying concealed. A state statute was identified, making it illegal to wear a hood, mask, or facial disguise with the intention of concealing the person’s identity in any public place.
Yes. No person shall interfere with the lawful taking of a wild animal by a hunter, trapper, or fisherman or interfere with the process of taking, with intent to prevent the taking on lands or waters managed by the state or upon private lands or waters.
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Permit numbers were obtained from the Crime Prevention Resource Center’s publication entitled, “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States.” Numbers include resident and non-resident permits for those states that issue both.
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