Concealed Carry State Laws In Louisiana
Concealed carry laws, or CCW’s, in Louisiana refers to the legally issued permit which allows for the carrying of a handgun or other weapon in a concealed manner within any place open to the general public.
Not all weapons that fall under concealed carry state laws in Louisiana are lethal, there are some states that regulate non-lethal items such a pepper spray that are carried over a set volume requiring the obtaining of a CCW permit. (In some states non-lethal items require a separate permit)
Every State's Concealed Carry Laws Are Unique In Louisiana
While in Louisiana there is no current federal law that specifically address the issuance of concealed carry permits for private citizens as each state is responsible for the control of concealed carry permits within its sovereign borders. All 50 states have passed laws allowing their respective residents to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from their local Sheriff’s office or Chief of police.
In all states and in Louisiana the only federal law concerning CCW’s is the Peace Officer Safety Act of 2004, (H.R. 218) to lean about this and all other states Concealed Carry Laws see our database on our website US Precision Defense where we maintain a comprehensive listing of every States weapons laws.
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Louisiana State Constitution States: “The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be abridged, but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to prohibit the carrying of weapons concealed on the person.”
Louisiana is a "shall issue" state for concealed carry. The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections shall issue a concealed handgun permit to qualified applicants, after performing an NICS background check and giving the local police 10 days to provide additional information about the applicant. Open carry of firearms in Louisiana is permitted without a permit, as long as the user is of at least 18 years of age and legally able to possess a firearm under state and federal law.
Louisiana's governor signed legislation making it a crime to publish the personal information of concealed handgun permit holders following a wave of outrage by gun owners after a New York newspaper listed such data last year. Louisiana joins a growing number of states that are cutting off access to that information as a national debate rages over gun control.
The measure was one of seven gun bills Republican Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law, including a bill creating a lifetime concealed handgun permit, legislation allowing gun dealers to register people to vote at their gun stores, and bills aimed at restricting access to guns by people with mental health issues.
An attempt to let Louisiana gun makers circumvent federal gun control laws is headed to a final vote in the state Senate after getting unanimous committee approval. House Bill 45 by Rep. Joseph Lopinto would create a licensing program for guns manufactured and sold within the state, possibly taking them out of the jurisdiction of federal authorities. Lopinto, R-Metairie, has argued that because the federal government's authority to impose restrictions on guns stems from its power to regulate interstate commerce, a state-run program regulating guns that don't leave Louisiana would protect manufacturers and sellers from federal laws.
It is an unfortunate state of affairs in our county that states have to take legal action to protect their sovereignty as a state and from intrusive federal laws on interstate commerce, yet states are having to become “Legally Creative” to protect the 2nd amendment, and for that US Precision Defense applauds the state of Louisiana.
As part of the stand of the Louisiana Sheriff’s association on gun rights: WHEREAS, the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association represents the interests of all sheriffs who are sworn to support and defend the Constitutions of the State of Louisiana and the United States; and WHEREAS, sheriffs strongly support our citizens’ protected right to bear arms under the Second Amendment and the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association does not support any laws that deprive any citizen of the rights provided under the Louisiana and the United States Constitutions and Bill of Rights; and WHEREAS, the doctrine of judicial review grants to the United States Supreme Court and the lower courts the power to determine the constitutionality of any law and sheriffs do not possess the legal authority to interpret the constitutionality of any law.
Louisianans overwhelmingly voted for Proposition Two, an amendment to their state’s constitution that solidifies the Second Amendment in the state of Louisiana. The new law says that “the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right” and would require courts to apply “the highest standard” of law when and if state municipalities enact laws that act in violation of the second amendment.
On Election Day, Louisiana voters overwhelmingly backed a measure to strengthen Second Amendment rights in the state. Nearly 75 percent of voters, more than 1.3 million voted in favor of Act 784, which makes gun ownership a "fundamental right under strict scrutiny of the court." "Strict scrutiny" applies the highest standard of judicial review to any law concerning gun ownership. It typically is applied to human rights, owning a gun in Louisiana is now a "fundamental right."
Gun control proposals put forth by President Barack Obama were met by counter-proposals in Louisiana as a state lawmaker unveiled a statewide campaign to "defend the rights of Louisiana residents to bear arms." The centerpiece of the Defend Louisiana initiative will be multiple pieces of pro-Second Amendment legislation as well as a statewide tour.
"We've done some good things to protect the Second Amendment in Louisiana, but we're not finished yet," State Rep. Jeff Thompson, R-Bossier City, said in a statement. "The solution to gun violence is not found in restricting the rights of law abiding citizens or demonizing self-defense."
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