Louisiana Gun Laws

Louisiana Gun Laws

Louisiana State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney                                   

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO NO
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO YES


Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places


Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

Violent or forcible felony involving danger to life or great bodily harm

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

No - Dwelling, business, occupied vehicle

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places

Yes - Any unlawful force against a person present in a dwelling or a place of business, or occupied vehicle, burglary, robbery, or other felony involving the use of force

Immunity from Civil liability

Yes - For the self-defense and home defense (may not apply to the defense of a third person)

Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law

Unusual statute; Instead of focusing exclusively on the type of threat that a defender is facing, the law turns on whether or not the victim dies, something the defender may have very little control over


How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Louisiana


Concealed handgun permits are issued by the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Public Safety & Corrections (DPS). The permit grants statewide authority to a citizen to carry a concealed handgun on his person.

The passage of Act 84 of the 2013 Regular Legislative Session allows for the issuance of a lifetime concealed handgun permit. Louisiana began issuing lifetime permits on August 1, 2013. The application has been updated to reflect this new option.

The average processing time is 120 business days for new and renewal concealed handgun permit applications.

The State website has all the requirements and application form.

State Website, Click Here

State Application, Click Here