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Louisiana operates their gun laws with a “Shall Issue” policy.
Residents of Louisiana are the only individuals who can receive a conceal carry license, while non-resident permits are not available.
Applicants must be at least a resident, 21 years or older, and have completed a firearms training course. Permit applications are processed at the state level by the Department of Public Safety.
There are two types of permits, a five year and lifetime permit. Honorably discharged veterans of the military can obtain a permit for free if they meet the criteria.
|Open Carry Permitted?||Yes!|
|Carry In Vehicle?||Yes!|
|Carry In State Park?||Yes!|
|Carry In Restaurants?||Yes!|
|No Weapon Sign Enforced?||Yes!|
|Must Notify Officer?||Yes!|
YES – Without a Permit/License Open carry is legal if you are at least 18 years old as required by federal law. State law has set a lower age but Federal law overrides that.
YES – Without a Permit/License The law does not prohibit the carrying of handguns in vehicles.
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas
YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol “Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
YES “No Weapons” signs have the force of law under Louisiana gun laws. There are legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs.
“YES” – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law Louisiana gun laws state that you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. You must also carry a permit at all times when you are in actual possession of a concealed handgun.