Louisiana does not prohibit the open carrying of firearms in public. Louisiana prohibits the “negligent carrying of a concealed handgun,” which applies regardless of whether a person is licensed under state law, and includes carrying a concealed handgun, intentionally or with criminal negligence:

  • 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.1

See our Open Carrying of Firearms in Public policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. La. Rev. Stat. § 40:1382(A). ⤴︎