LOUISIANA GUN LAWS

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Louisiana Handgun Permit

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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

APPLICATIONS

Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Complete a firearms training course.
  2. Download the application form or make an online application
  3. You will need some of the following documents;
    • Application with the 3 affidavits completed and notarized.
    • Copy of Louisiana Driver’s License or Louisiana Identification Card.
    • Copy of Louisiana permanent injunction or the protective order. (If Applicable)
    • Correct Fee as described in Rule Booklet.
    • Proof of Training as described in Rule Booklet.
    • Two sets of fingerprints on an FBI Applicant Card. If the fingerprints were taken electronically, they must be on two separate cards.
    • Marital Status – If you are divorced, copies of the divorce settlement, decree, or final judgment along with any orders or injunctions of the court must be included.
    • Arrests – If you have been arrested, you must include Certified True Copies of court minutes as requested in “Arrests, Detention, and Litigation Section.” You must still list violations that were EXPUNGED, DISMISSED, or SET ASIDE or for which you were PARDONED.
    • Military – If you have served in the Armed Forces of the United States, you must include a copy of your DD-214. If you are currently serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, you must include a copy of your current orders or a copy of your military ID if allowed.
    • Medical Summary Disposition – If you answered “yes” to any of the medical questions #13-19, the Medical Summary must be completed by the treating physician. This information MUST be included with your application.
  4. Contact your local police office, local sheriff’s department, or State Police Headquarters in Baton Rouge for fingerprinting.
  5. You can submit your application and documents by mail to;
  6. Louisiana State Police
    Concealed Handgun Permit Unit
    PO Box 66375
    Baton Rouge, LA 70896

  7. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Concealed Handgun Permit application form
Online Handgun Permit application

RENEWALS

  • Additional refresher training is required for all permit renewal applications.
  • You will be notified by mail about 120 days before the expiration date on your permit.
  • A renewal application must be submitted within 60 days of the expiration date.
  • A new permit application is required if the permit expired over 60 days.

State info on permit renewals

LICENSE FEE’S

New Permits
$125 (ages 21 – 64)
$62.50 (ages 65 and over)

Lifetime Permits
$500 (ages 21 – 64)
$250 (ages 65 and over)

Renewal
$125 (ages 21 – 64)
$62.50 (age 65 and over)

Accepted forms of payment
Money order, Cashier’s check, or Certified check

NOTE
Active Military/National Guard cost is $62.50 for 5 years or $250 for Lifetime.
Honorably Discharged Veterans of the Military/National Guard/Reserves – there is no charge for 5 year or Lifetime Permit.
If you have not continuously resided within the State of Louisiana for the 15 years immediately
preceding the date on which your application is received, an additional $50 non-refundable fee shall be
submitted. This is only for first-time applicants and is not required for any subsequent renewals.

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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WITH CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT

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

Concealed carry permits/licenses are issued by the Louisiana State Police.

Concealed Handgun Permit Unit
PO Box 66375
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70896

There appears to be no law that states how long the authorities have to process applications. The State Police website says they cannot give an estimate of how long it will take to process applications.
“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.
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.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

YES – Without a Permit/License
The law does not prohibit the carrying of handguns in vehicles.
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 – 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
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas

Louisiana Contacts


Louisiana State Police
Concealed Handgun Permit Unit

Hours

Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact

Address 7919 Independence Blvd.

CityBaton Rouge, LA 70806

Phone (225) 925-4867

Email [email protected]

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