Compilation of LA Gun Laws

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    Aug 20, 2011
    LA State Constitution
    §11. Right to Keep and Bear Arms
    Section 11. The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be abridged, but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to prohibit the carrying of weapons concealed on the person.

    LA Gun Laws (Quick Reference/Click Here) Summary PDF

    Open Carry of Firearms in Louisiana
    Louisiana is a traditional Open Carry state.
    - A firearm in a holster is not concealed. State vs Fluker
    - Attorney General Opinion No. 78-795
    The AG replies to two questions: "1. Is it legal to carry an exposed handgun?" and "2. Do Parishes and/or Municipalities have the power to regulate the carrying of exposed handguns?"

    Concealed Carry of Firearms in Louisiana
    Louisiana State Police Concealed Handgun Permit Unit -
    Act 4 of the First Extraordinary Session of the 1996 Legislature amended and re-enacted R.S. 40:1379.3 providing for the issuance of statewide concealed handgun permits by the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Public Safety & Corrections (DPS). The permit grants statewide authority to a citizen to carry a concealed handgun on his person. A handgun is defined as "a type of firearm commonly referred to as a pistol or revolver originally designed to be fired by the use of a single hand and which is designed to fire or is capable of firing fixed cartridge ammunition." It does not include "shotguns or rifles that have been altered by having their stocks or barrels cut or shortened."

    Carry Section of our Forums


    Illegal carrying of weapons
    RS 14:95

    Justification; general provisions
    RS 14:18

    Use of force or violence in defense
    RS 14:19

    Aggressor cannot claim self defense
    RS 14:21

    Illegal possession of a handgun by a juvenile
    RS 14:95.8

    Illegally supplying a felon with a firearm
    RS 14:95.1.1

    Possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies
    RS 14:95.1

    Carrying a firearm, or dangerous weapon, by a student or nonstudent on school property, at school-sponsored functions or firearm-free zone
    RS 14:95.2

    Possession of firearm on premises of alcoholic beverage outlet
    RS 14:95.5

    Firearm-free zone; notice; signs; crime; penalties
    RS 14:95.6

    Defense of others
    RS 14:22

    Mistake of law
    RS 14:17

    Mistake of fact
    RS 14:16

    Unlawful sales of weapons to minors
    RS 14:91

    Preemption of state law
    RS 40:1796

    Justifiable Homicide
    RS 14:20


    Click here to search the LA Legislature official web site for all laws containing the term "firearms"

    Click here to search the LA Legislature official web site for all laws containing the term "weapons"

    Click here to view the Louisiana's State Constitution

    Click here to go to the Louisiana State Legislature Web Portal

    Click here to go to the Louisiana State Legislature Table of Contents of Laws

    Click here to go to the Louisiana Legislature Search Page

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    Class 3 (Automatic weapons, short barreled rifles, etc.) Laws have their own reference thread here


    All contents of this topic have been gathered in order to share information found from various sources which provide known gun laws and related laws in the State of Louisiana. takes no responsibility on the enforcement of these laws and acts only as a portable in which these laws can be viewed.

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