State Law Background
In 2014, Louisiana enacted a law 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 2014 (the last year for which data is available), Louisiana had the highest number of gun deaths per capita among all the states. 890 people died from firearm injuries in Louisiana in that year. In addition, Louisiana plays a significant role in gun trafficking. Based on data published by Mayors Against Illegal Guns (“MAIG”), in 2009, Louisiana ranked 15th among the states in terms of the number of crime guns supplied to other states per capita.
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.