Louisiana has some of the weakest gun laws in the nation, earning an F in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. In spite of its general lack of firearm regulation, in recent years the state has enacted laws to reduce access to guns by domestic abusers. In 2017, Louisiana had the fourth-highest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at the 16th-highest rate. Policies lawmakers should consider to save lives from gun violence include funding evidence-based community violence intervention programs and requiring background checks on all gun sales.

  • Firearm prohibition for many domestic abusers

  • Universal background checks

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Firearm owner licensing

  • Firearm registration

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Waiting period

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Ammunition sale regulation

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit