This article is meant to take a look at Louisiana’s open and concealed carry laws so that you folks can get a better idea what is and is not legal in the state.
The state of Louisiana recognizes open carry and concealed carry, both. A concealed carry permit is needed to carry concealed, however. With that, there are specific rules that must be adhered to and qualifications that must be met.
To qualify, a Louisiana citizen shall:
- demonstrate competence with a handgun by completion of certain approved courses, classes, and programs in firearms safety and training;
- agree to hold harmless and indemnify the department, the state or any peace officer for any liability arising from the issuance of the permit;
- be a resident of the state and have been a resident for six months or longer;
- be at least 21;
- not suffer from a mental or physical infirmity due to disease, illness or retardation which prevents the safe handling of a handgun,
- not have been committed for the abuse of a controlled substance, or been found guilty of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere relating to a controlled substance within 5 years;
- not chronically and habitually use alcoholic beverages to the extent that normal facilities are impaired;
- not have entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to or been found guilty of a misdemeanor crime of violence within 5 years of completion of sentence;
- not have been convicted of, entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, or not be charged under indictment, or a bill of information for any crime of violence or any crime punishable by imprisonment for one year or more;
- not have a history of engaging in violent behavior;
- not be otherwise ineligible to possess a firearm under federal law.
A concealed carry permittee must retain and carry his permit on his person when actually carrying and concealing a handgun. A permittee armed with a handgun shall notify any police officer who approaches the permittee in an official manner or purpose, that he has a weapon on his person, submit to a pat down, and allow the officer to temporarily disarm him. Whenever a law enforcement officer has reasonable grounds to believe an armed permittee is under the influence of alcohol or a controlled dangerous substance, the officer may take temporary possession of the handgun and request submission to a chemical test. Whenever an officer is made aware that an individual is behaving in a criminally negligent manner, or is negligent in carrying a handgun, the officer may seize the handgun until adjudication by a judge. Failure to comply with these provisions shall result in a six-month automatic suspension of the permit.
Now, there are certainly additional questions as well as more in-depth looks into such things as who is not allowed to possess a gun, and what public places do or do not allow them. We will be going over those in specific articles, later on, due to the complexity of some of the situations. For right now, however, we have a wonderful FAQ page on our Louisiana site with a lot of helpful information.
If you have specific questions that you would like covered in future articles about Louisiana’s open carry laws, shoot us a comment below, and we will make sure to add them to future reports.
Information compounded from the NRA and Louisiana state legal texts.