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Louisiana Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Everything you need to know about owning a firearm in the state of Louisiana

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Last Updated: 2021

Louisiana Concealed Carry Reciprocity Overview

4.6M

STATE POPULATION

291K

LICENSES ISSUED

6.32%

LICENSE PERCENTAGE

37

STATES HONORED

21

MINIMUM AGE TO CC

5

YEARS LICENSE VALID

37

RECIPROCATING STATES

NO

CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY

6

CC CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORS

A responsible Louisiana firearm owner needs a clear understanding of the gun rights and state laws that apply to residents. Louisiana is home to 4.6 million, and the state has distributed around 291,000 concealed carry licenses as of October 2021. This equates to 6.29% of the population.

The minimum age to concealed carry in Louisiana is 21, and the license is valid for five years. Louisiana has reciprocity agreements with 37 states and honors licenses or permits from 37. Understanding how your gun rights translate across state lines (also known as reciprocity) is an important aspect of Louisiana concealed carry.

Those interested in obtaining a Louisiana concealed carry license need a trusted education partner. Concealed Coalition has trained over a million U.S. citizens on how to carry their weapons safely and effectively. Contact us to find online or local training to get your concealed carry license.

Louisiana Concealed Carry Gun Laws and Reciprocity

Summary of Louisiana Gun Laws

Your Louisiana Gun Rights

The Department of Public Safety must distribute concealed carry permits to applicants who meet the requirements, making Louisiana a shall-issue state. A background check, firearms registration, and a permit are necessary to purchase a firearm from a licensed dealer. None of these are required if purchasing a gun from a private individual.

Gun rights can and do differ nationally and even within your own state. Louisiana residents should always contact the Department of Public Safety (DPS) for the latest concealed carry information. Here’s an overview:

Open Carry in Louisiana

This is legal for anyone 18 and older who is permitted to own a firearm, but there are location limitations on open carry within the state.

Concealed Carry in Louisiana

Louisiana requires that residents have a concealed handgun permit (CHP) to concealed carry. They must also pass a state-approved firearms training course and be 21 or older. A permit or license from a reciprocity state is also acceptable while in Louisiana.

The state doesn’t issue nonresidents permits unless the individual is a member of the military with a permanent station there. Louisiana residents who are military personnel are permitted to concealed carry when in possession of a Louisiana state ID or driver’s license.

Self Defense Laws in Louisiana

Louisiana observes Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws. Residents are not required to retreat when faced with an aggressor and are permitted to use force in the following ways:

Use of Force

This is permitted provided the user believes it is necessary to protect themselves from equal force being used against them or to prevent unlawful trespass upon a property they own. 

Use of Deadly Force

Deadly force is permitted in many circumstances under Louisiana law when under a reasonable fear for one’s life. It is also permitted in defense of another person or persons, provided the protected parties would have been justified in using such force themselves.

Protecting Yourself After Use of Force

Read the state’s use of force laws to understand all legal expectations and exceptions before considering any defensive action. This will put you in a better position to account for your actions and legally protect yourself if you have to use it.

Firearms training is a reliable way to gain legal awareness and situational judgment. Concealed Coalition has trained over a million people to become responsible, certified gun owners. Classes are available locally and online.

Louisiana Gun Laws by Statute

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CONCEALED CARRY BASICS IN LOUISIANA

QUESTION

ANSWER

Does Louisiana recognize constitutional carry?

No.

Is open carry permitted in Louisiana?

Yes, without a permit. Any person who is at least 18 years old and legally entitled to carry a firearm can open carry

If Louisiana requires a license to carry a concealed firearm, how are those licenses issued?

Louisiana is a shall-issue state.

What is the minimum age in Louisiana to get a concealed carry license?

The minimum age to concealed carry in Louisiana is 21 years old.

Can you concealed carry weapons other than handguns in Louisiana with a concealed carry license (or under permit-less carry if applicable)?

No, a Louisiana CWP only allows for the concealed carry of handguns.

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Louisiana?

Yes.

Is it legal to buy or use chemical spray/pepper spray in Louisiana?

Yes.

Does Louisiana have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No.

Does Louisiana have ammunition restrictions?

Armor-piercing ammo is prohibited.

CONCEALED CARRY LOCATIONS IN LOUISIANA

QUESTION

ANSWER

Where can't I carry a concealed firearm in Louisiana?

Louisiana state law prohibits concealed carry in:

  • Any location prohibited by state regulation or law, or by federal law
  • Private property or residences that prohibit firearms
  • School campuses or buses
  • Polling places
  • Jails, prisons, or detention facilities
  • State Capitol building
  • Courtrooms and courthouses
  • Prohibited airport areas, unless the gun is legally checked as baggage
  • Casinos
  • Any area of an establishment selling alcohol for on-premises consumption
  • Demonstrations or parades undertaken with government permission
  • Meeting places of governing authorities
  • Law enforcement buildings

Call ahead to ask about the firearms policy of any intended destination and consult with the relevant law enforcement office in that area.

Where can I carry a concealed firearm in Louisiana?

In eatery sections of restaurants (with permission), in roadside rest areas, places of worship (with permission), in your vehicle, and in wildlife management areas, state/national forests and state/national parks.

Can you carry a concealed handgun in a vehicle in Louisiana?

Yes, carrying a handgun in a vehicle is legal in Louisiana.

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Louisiana?

Yes.

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forest and Wildlife Management Areas in Louisiana?

Yes, with a Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit or a permit from a state Louisiana recognizes.

Can you carry a concealed firearm in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol in Louisiana?

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.

Can you carry or possess a firearm on hotel property in Louisiana?

Hotels are private businesses and can set their own rules. Concealed carry licensees should always check with the hotel to clarify their position in advance.

Does Louisiana have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

Yes, but only if the handgun is hidden from view or in a securely locked case, which itself must be contained in the securely locked, privately owned vehicle. 

IMPORTANT GUNS LAWS IN LOUISIANA

QUESTION

ANSWER

Do you have a duty to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Louisiana?

It’s legally required to tell the officer that you are licensed for concealed carry and if you are currently carrying.

Are "No Weapons Allowed? signs enforced in Louisiana? If, yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If, no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

No.

Does Louisiana have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e., Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes.

Does Louisiana have a red flag law?

No.

Does Louisiana state law define brandishing?

No, but it does cover negligent firearm conduct.

Is It Legal to Carry a Concealed Firearm While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Illegal Drugs in Louisiana?

No.

Does Louisiana issue concealed carry licenses to non-residents?

No, unless active military stationed there.

Does Louisiana allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No.

HANDGUN PURCHASE & POSSESSION IN LOUISIANA

QUESTION

ANSWER

Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in Louisiana?

Yes.

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Louisiana?

No.

Does my current Louisiana concealed carry license exempt me from needing a background check when I purchase firearm? 

Yes.

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Louisiana?

No.

Do handguns need to be registered in Louisiana?

No.

What is the minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in Louisiana?

The minimum age is 18.

Can I possess/carry a handgun in my home in Louisiana without a license? 

Yes.

LOUISIANA CONCEALED CARRY LICENSE INFORMATION

Concealed Carry Requirements to Register for a License in Louisiana

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have completed a firearms training course
  • 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

Fees:

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.

Valid For:

5 years.

Processing Time:

There is currently no processing time stated in state law.

Applications:

Non-Resident Concealed Carry License:

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.

Name & Address Changes:

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.

Complete the online change of address form.

Lost or Stolen Licenses:

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.

Residency Changes:

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 LICENSE APPLICATION PROCESS

Step One:

Complete a firearm training course if required.

Step Two:

Download the application form or apply online.

Step Three:

Contact your local police office, sheriff’s department or State Police Headquarters in Baton Rouge for fingerprinting.

Step Four:

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;
  • Correct fee;
  • 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.

Step Five:

Submit your application and documents by mail to:

Louisiana State Police
Concealed Handgun Permit Unit
P.O. Box 66375
Baton Rouge, LA 70896

Step Four:

You will be notified if your application has been approved.

LOUISIANA CONCEALED CARRY LICENSE RENEWAL PROCESS

Step One:

All renewal applicants must attend a department-approved firearms course consisting of various lessons (items B1 to 6). Permit holders will be notified in writing around 120 days before the expiration of their current permit. There are several ways to proceed:

  • Complete and submit the new online Concealed Handgun Permit application.
  • Download a Concealed Handgun Permit application and complete the instructions found on pages one and two of the application.
  • Obtain an application at the State Police Headquarters (7919 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Step Two:

Applicants must then submit the renewal application with a photocopy of their driver’s license, a new training certificate, and the required fee.

Fees are $125 for individuals 21 to 64 years old and $62.50 for 65 and older. A lifetime permit is $500 for those 21 to 64 years old and $250 for those 65 and up. Active military with proof of current orders need only pay $62.50 for a five year-permit or $250 for a lifetime permit. Honorably discharged veterans may reapply for free.

Step Three:

Completed applications must be submitted no less than 90 days before the current permit expires or within 60 days following expiration of the defunct permit. Failing the latter requires a new original application and fingerprints.

Step Four:

Paper applications and other documentation must be submitted to Louisiana State Police, Concealed Handgun Permit Unit, PO Box 66375, Baton Rouge, LA 70896 and marked ATTENTION: RENEWAL DEPT.

Step Five:

You will be notified when your application is approved.

Concealed Carry for Law Enforcement Officers and Retired LEOs

The federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) allows active and retired law enforcement officers (LEOs and RLEOs) to concealed carry anywhere in the U.S. with some restrictions. Louisiana details requirements for both LEOs and RLEOs to concealed carry through LEOSA in two revised statutes spelled out here and here.

LEOs and RLEOs must meet firearms standards set by the Peace Officer and Standards Training Council (POST). RLEOs need not requalify via a firearms course if they have been retired less than five years. Applicants must requalify after five years through POST’s Pre-Academy Firearms Course, which is overseen by one of their certified instructors.

RLEOs are also required to obtain a photo ID from the law enforcement agency they previously served. Successfully meeting the relevant standards for their status allows LEOs and RLEOs to concealed carry anywhere in Louisiana.

Firearms Training & Competency

The certified instructors at Concealed Coalition will teach you the applicable laws for your state and how to discharge and carry a firearm safely and legally. Training is available across the U.S. and online, so contact us to sign up or ask any questions.

It’s necessary to complete a state-approved firearms training program for Louisiana concealed carry, the specific requirements of which are detailed in revised statute 40:1379.3 (D) (1) and in Louisiana Administrative Code 55 § I-1311. There are many ways to achieve these standards and augment your firearm skills, including:

NRA Training

Applicants choosing this route must complete either the NRA “Personal Protection In The Home” or “Personal Protection Outside the Home” course, including instruction in child access prevention conducted by an NRA certified instructor. They may choose instead to complete the NRA “Basic Pistol Shooting” course, including instruction in child access prevention taught by an NRA-certified instructor.

Hunter Safety Courses

Louisiana offers a hunter education course, which is mandatory for unqualified hunters born after September 1, 1969, and who are not in the company of a qualified hunter. Classes are for anybody 10 and up, and qualification is valid for life.

Firearms Safety Courses From Other Providers

Public and private institutions, individuals, colleges, or law enforcement agencies often provide firearms training. Any such courses must have received direct approval from the DPS to be valid. Always consult with the Louisiana DPS if you’re in any doubt about a firearms course meeting state standards for concealed carry.

A Firearms Training Course With a State-Certified Instructor

Concealed Coalition offers firearm training to help you gain a concealed carry license. Our highly trained instructors provide actionable lessons based on their extensive practical experience to ensure you gain tested and reliable skills.

DD Form 214 or Military Orders for Active or Former Military Members

The U.S. military issues document DD 214 when a service member performs active duty or has completed at least 90 consecutive days of active-duty training. Military or National Guard personnel who have served more than 60 months of active duty may submit their DD 214 as evidence of honorable discharge.

They are then required to complete either a three-hour instruction course, including a review of laws governing the use of deadly force, or have previously completed a one-hour class on child access prevention within the preceding 60 months.

The Department of Public Safety and Corrections

Applicants must complete nine hours of firearms training if choosing this qualification method, as detailed in Item A.

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