State Law Background
In 2014 and 2018, Louisiana enacted laws to reduce access to guns by domestic abusers.
However, Louisiana still does not:
- Require a background check prior to the sale or transfer of a firearm between unlicensed parties;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- Require firearm dealers to obtain a state license;
- Require firearm owners to obtain a license or register their firearms;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases;
- Regulate unsafe handguns (“junk guns” or “Saturday night specials”);
- Significantly regulate ammunition sales;
- Allow local governments to regulate firearms; or
- Give law enforcement discretion to deny a concealed handgun permit.
In 2016, Louisiana had the third highest rate of gun deaths among the states. In addition, Louisiana plays a significant role in gun trafficking. Based on 2016 Firearms Trace Data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Louisiana ranked 18th highest among the states in terms of the number of crime guns supplied to other states per capita. Although Louisiana exports more crime guns than it imports, the state still has the fourth highest per capita rate of crime gun imports.
Louisiana Firearms Laws
For details about specific firearms laws in Louisiana, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.