Universal Background Checks in Louisiana

Posted on August 10, 2015

Louisiana has no law requiring a background check on the purchaser of a firearm when the seller is not a licensed dealer. Louisiana law does, however, prohibit knowingly making a firearm available to a patient of a mental institution.1 It is also unlawful to give, sell, donate, lend, deliver or otherwise transfer a firearm to a person knowing him or her to be a convicted felon.2

The only other Louisiana laws governing such sales are those addressing the minimum age of the purchaser.

See our policy summary on Universal Background Checks and the “Private” Sale Loophole for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. La. Rev. Stat. § 28:183. []
  2. La. Rev. Stat. § 14:95.1.1. []