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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


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


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


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


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?


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!


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.


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.

M Middleton
M Middleton

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?


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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