Louisiana Gun Laws Louisiana does not require that individuals first obtain a
permit before purchasing a handgun, shotgun, or a rifle. However it is
illegal in the state of Louisiana to sell dangerous items or firearms
to those under the age of eighteen. Law states that not knowing the
individual's age is not a sufficient defense. Rifles, handguns, and
shotguns do not need to be registered either.
Louisiana citizens may possess a handgun, shotgun, or rifle without a
permit as stated by law. Transferring or selling a firearm to an
illegal alien is unlawful as is providing a firearm to a citizen of
another country with which the United States has conflicts. Those who
have been convicted of certain crimes also may not possess a firearm
until ten years have passed since the completion of parole, probation,
sentence suspension, or the sentence.
Minors under the age of seventeen are unlawful to possess a firearm
unless accompanied by guardian or parent. These circumstances stipulate
that this can only happen during firearm safety courses, target
practice in an enclosed facility, legal hunting with an adult, or while
traveling to secured activities with an unloaded and secured firearm.
Carrying Firearms in Louisiana Rifles, handguns, and shotguns do not need to be registered but
permits must be obtained to carry a concealed handgun. Permits are not
necessary for carrying shotguns or rifles. Only on-duty peace officers
are eligible to carry handguns without permits.
Only certain individuals are eligible to apply for a concealed weapons
permits. These include those who show adequate training in the use of a
firearm; those who are above the age of twenty-one; Louisiana state
citizens for at lease six months or more; those who have not be
committed for mental illnesses; those who have not been convicted for a
felony offense; those who have not abused controlled substances; those
who have not plead guilty to using a controlled substance within a five
year period; those who are not regular alcohol abusers; those who have
not plead guilty to a misdemeanor within five years; those who are not
addicted to stimulants, depressants, narcotics, or marijuana; those who
are not justice fugitives; legal citizens; those who have been
honorably discharged from the United States military; those who have
not engaged in violent crimes or behavior; and those who, under federal
law, are eligible to posses a firearm.
Obtaining a Permit To acquire a concealed weapons permit, individuals must first
pass and complete the proper courses, programs, and classes associated
with training and safety. The Deputy Secretary of Public Safety will
handle the applications and pass them to the proper authorities within
two days. Once validated a concealed weapons permit stands for four
years before renewal is necessary.
When questioned by a police officer, the individual is required to
produce the permit and must allow the officer to obtain the weapon
temporarily and must submit to being pat down for safety reasons. If an
officer finds an individual under the impairment of alcohol or a
controlled substance, the officer may take the weapon and request a