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 2017, Louisiana had the fourth highest gun death rate among the states. Louisiana also supplied crime guns to other states at the 16th highest rate among the states. Louisiana exported crime guns at nearly twice the national rate.
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.