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Louisiana Handgun Permit


  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Completed a firearm training course
  • Be a resident of the state of Louisiana
  • You are a US citizen
  • Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor in this or any other state relating to a controlled dangerous substance within the last five years.
  • Not have been convicted of a crime of violence within the last five years.
  • Not have been convicted of a crime of violence or any crime punishable by imprisonment for a term of one year or greater. However, a person who has been convicted of a violation of 18 U.S.C. 491(a) shall be permitted to qualify for a concealed handgun permit if fifteen or more years has elapsed.
  • Not have had a permit revoked within four years prior to the most recent application.
  • Not have had a permit denied within one year prior to the most recent application.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons

louisiana ccw QUICK FACTS

Carry In Vehicle YES
Must Notify Officer YES
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced YES
Open Carry Permitted YES
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information

Louisiana gun laws operate on a “Shall Issue” policy. Concealed carry permits are available for residents only, non-resident permits are not available. Applicants must be at least 21 years or older, a resident, and complete 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.

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Louisiana Reciprocity Map


Louisiana CCW permit recognition

  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Issuing state

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Off-Limit Areas

Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • A law enforcement office, station, or building.
  • A detention facility, prison, or jail.
  • A courthouse or courtroom, provided that a judge may carry such a weapon in his own courtroom.
  • A polling place.
  • A meeting place of the governing authority of a political subdivision.
  • The state capitol building.
  • Any portion of an airport facility where the carrying of firearms is prohibited under federal law, except that no person shall be prohibited from carrying any legal firearm into the terminal, if the firearm is encased for shipment, for the purpose of checking such firearm as lawful baggage.
  • Any church, synagogue, mosque or similar place of worship.
  • A parade or demonstration for which a permit is issued by a governmental entity.
  • Any establishment that sells alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises. Restaurants are OK but you can’t carry in the bar area of a restaurant.
  • Any school firearm free zone (within 1000ft of a school or on a school bus).
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on Louisiana Gun Laws

Louisiana Contacts

Louisiana State Police
Concealed Handgun Permit Unit


Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Address 7919 Independence Blvd.

CityBaton Rouge, LA 70806

Phone (225) 925-4867

Email concealed.handguns@dps.la.gov



  1. I have a Delaware CCW ,and A non resident Pennsylvania CCW i have a summer home in LA can i CCW in Louisiana?

  2. Church: the Louisiana law changed a couple years ago. Now, you CAN carry in church IF the presiding official (pastor, etc) permits it and makes an announcement of his policy. Many churches now have several trained CHP folks in congregation.

  3. If you have an la ccw permit and wanted to apply for a va non resident permit since their permit is recognized in more states would you be able to and also if you had both which one would you go by when not in la?

    1. I have a Louisiana permit because I live here. I am from Virginia and I have a non-resident permit from Virginia too.

      In Louisiana as a resident you must have Louisiana Permit to carry because all nonresident permits are only recognized in Louisiana if from another state. Louisiana residents must have the Louisiana permit permit

  4. Can i, as a lifelong LA resident, obtain a VA permit and legally carry concealed in LA without the LA ccw?

    1. As a Louisiana resident you must have a Louisiana permit. Any non resident can carry with nonresident permit from VA or other states .

      I live in Louisiana and I have both the Louisiana permit and nonresident VA permit. If I am carrying here in Louisiana I better damn well have a Louisiana permit. you can still have a non-resident permit but it will not be recognized

  5. I recently moved back to Louisiana. Does Louisiana have policy that says current or former military members don’t need to go through the Concealed Carry permit training?

    1. As of 2022, They only honor 60 months/5 years after service to not take a CCW class. However, veterans with honorable discharge do not pay for any fees for the CCW. You only pay for the the class. You can take the class online but will have to shoot with a licensed state instructor. To find that go to http://www.lsp.org/pdf/chInstructorList.pdf.

  6. Soooo I am 20, but I am in the Louisiana National Guard. Am I able to get a CCW even if I’m 20?

  7. Can an 18 year old carry a pistol in their vehicle without any permits?

    1. Don’t you have to possess a ccw permit just to open carry in Texas

  8. If i live in louisiana but have california identification, is it illegal to open carry in the state of louisiana with a california I.D. ? i have live in louisiana for 1 year but never switched my identification over, will i get in trouble for open carry ?

    1. My understanding is a drivers license becomes invalidated some time after moving to a new state. Louisiana residents are legal to open carry and you would have to prove that you’re a Louisiana resident. An ID from a different state would make that difficult.

      I know that in the case of concealed carry, licenses from other states are invalidated when moving to the state of Louisiana and you must apply for the Louisiana concealed carry permit.

      When it comes to gun laws, err on the side of caution because the penalty is usually a felony.

  9. What about in enhanced carry Mississippi concealed weapons permit do they honor that in Louisiana

    1. EMT cannot carry on duty. When you clock out…fine if your CCW is up to date, but on duty or on the “home base” premises. NO. You act as a medical professional, not a protector at that time, plus you could be on a call, to a regular home, then get rerouted to a school or church. Now you in big trouble, during cpr your gun hits the floor of a school. Big trouble.

  10. Cant EMT carry a concealed weapon (with permit) while he/she is working?

    1. EMT cannot carry on duty. When you clock out…fine if your CCW is up to date, but on duty or on the “home base” premises. NO. You act as a medical professional, not a protector at that time, plus you could be on a call, to a regular home, then get rerouted to a school or church. Now you in big trouble, during cpr your gun hits the floor of a school. Big trouble

    1. Yes but you must follow the Louisianna laws at that point in time.

  11. So we are doing a road trip from Louisiana to California. Louisiana issued my concealed carry permit. It looks like TX, NM, AZ will honor it while carrying inside my car. However CA does not. Is there a place in AZ along I10 where I can safely leave my pistol and easily pick it up in way back?

    1. For California you can still have you gun as long as it is in a locked container and locked in the truck away from any source of ammunition. The ammunition has to be in the glove boxbif the gun is in the trunk. They can both me in the same compartments. Also you can’t take a magazine that holds over ten rounds into California.

      1. That use to be true, and still is if you are just passing through. However their laws have changed, and if you stay in CA overnight, you are no longer passing through, and may not have a firearm with you. Please research and know the law before you go, CA is crazy!

    2. You can still have your pistol, so long as you remove the barrel, encase it entirely in cement so it can’t fire, remove the firing pin and toss it out on the highway before making your way into Cali, and then cut off the “scawwy pistol gwip” so it doesn’t “huwt my fweelings uwu”

    1. Yes, the colorful map of the United States above will tell you which states accept other states permits. Anything in Blue is accepted.

  12. I’m a Texas resident traveling to Louisiana with my handgun. I don’t have a permit yet, can I legally have my gun inside my car without a permit?

    1. Yes you may! Louisiana constitute your vehicle is an extension of your home

    2. I’ve been stopped without having my ccw and I kindly tell them I do have a loaded firearm in my car… worst case scenario they will run your serial number on it and give it back by putting the gun in the trunk and handing you your ammo like they did me?

    3. Yes, just like Texas no permit is required to store a firearm in your vehicle. It is considered an extension of your home.

  13. My daughter has a Louisiana Conceal Carry permit and is moving to Maryland with her husband. an active service U.S. Army Major. Does Maryland give special consideration to active military families ?

    1. Her permit will not be valid in MD. I was a recruiter there for 3 years in the city of Baltimore, the most dangerous city in the nation. I wasn’t able to get a permit even though I was active duty and I was the victim of crimes involving firearms. I decided to carry anyways and took the risk of the felony gun charge over losing my life to some street thug.

  14. Hello, i live in Louisiana and I purchased a gun from a gun store! Can I have that gun inside my car while riding around without having a carry permit yet??

    1. Yes. Your car is an extension of your home. Make sure you notify the officer if approached by one

      1. Can the pistol be concealed in the car without having a ccl, if so can u put a link in the discussion of the law

  15. Is the Virginia Non-Resident Online CCW permit online course valid in Louisiana?

    1. If you are a Louisiana resident, you mush have a Louisiana issued concealed handgun permit to conceal carry a pistol in louisiana

  16. What about misdemeanors (simple battery from a fight) at age 17, which was over 30 years ago in my case?

    1. Were you tried as an adult or minor? Louisiana your gun rights are reinstated after 7-10 years I dont remember but you have to get it straight with the federal laws as well… you can still be denied by the feds in otherwords

  17. If you are a Texas resident with a Texas concealed carry permit, do you have to retake the firearms course when you become a Louisiana resident? Or will my valid Texas permit replace the requirements for a Louisiana permit?

    1. Probably a little late for a response but, youre best bet would be to take the course in Louisiana just to ensure you’re aware of all state laws. Plus when it comes to renewing your Texas CHL there may be issues with not being a resident.

  18. Military member question:
    If I am a resident of LA and aquire a lifetime permit, is it still valid when I move elsewhere, or is it only good for the duration of my time as a resident?
    Thanks in advance!

    1. Lifetime is only valid as a resident of la. If you leave the state and reside elsewhere legally it is invalidated both in louisiana and every other state and you will have to reapply for concealed carry upon return to the state.

    2. Concealed Handguns Frequently Asked Questions

      Q. I have moved out of state. Is my permit still valid?

      A. No, when a permittee ceases to reside within the state the permit becomes invalid and must be returned to the Department of Public Safety. If you return to the state, you must reapply for a permit.

      (LAC 55:I:1309.H)

      However, L.R.S. 40:1379.3 (J) (3) and LAC 55:I:1307.D.2 (b) provides that a resident attending school or on active military duty in another state may reside outside the state with proper documentation to support this residency exemption.

  19. Illinois is not reciprocal with Louisiana or Florida. I will have Illinois C&C, but my cruising boat travels all along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas, including Lake Ponchartrain and New Orleans. Can a non-resident frequent visitor qualify for Louisiana C&C – which seems to be reciprocal with a lot of “other states” not reciprocal with Illinois?

    1. No. Tried that. Must posses valid la state id which is issued to residents only. As a military member I had to go to a local motor vehicle administration building show my orders assigning me to louisiana to prove residency and obtain a state id.

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