Louisiana Gun Laws

If you’re looking to obtain a legal firearm in Louisiana, here are some facts about Louisiana gun laws.


Louisiana is a shall-issue state with concealed carry permits or Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) issued at the state level by the Department of Public Safety. Anyone resident of Louisiana at least 21 years old can apply for a concealed carry license or Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) in Louisiana.

Is There a Waiting Period to Buy a Gun in Louisiana?

No, there is no waiting period to buy a gun in Louisiana.

Is A Permit Required To Purchase A Handgun In Louisiana?

No, no permit is required to purchased a firearm in Louisiana.

Do You Need To Register Handguns in Louisiana?

No, handguns, rifles and shotguns do not have to be registered in Louisiana.

Who Is Eligible To Obtain a Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) in Louisiana?

Any Louisiana state resident who is at least 21 years of age can apply for a Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP).

Is Firearms Training A Requirement in Louisiana For a Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP)?

Yes, in Louisiana a firearms training course must be completed to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP).

What Are The Requirements To Obtain a Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) in Louisiana?

Guidelines to obtain a Louisiana Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP):

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Must be a legal resident of Louisiana
  • Complete a firearms safety course
  • Must meet federal law requirements

What Are The Steps To Obtain A Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) in Louisiana?

In Louisiana you need to apply for a Concealed Handgun Permit or Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP) by downloading an application from the Louisiana State Police website, lsp.org, or fill out an online application at: chp-web.dps.louisiana.gov. You will be notified if your application has been approved.

Step 1: Complete a firearms safety course

Step 2: Download an application or fill out an online application

Step 3: Contact your local police office, sheriff’s department or State Police Headquarters in Baton Rouge for a fingerprinting appointment

Step 4: Mail the completed and notarized application, your state ID, firearm training certificate, and fee to:

Louisiana State Police

Concealed Handgun Permit Unit

P.O. Box 66375

Baton Rouge, LA 70896

How Much Does A Louisiana Concealed Carry Permit Cost?

The fee for a Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit is $125.

Does Louisiana Recognize Concealed Carry Pistol Permits From Other States?

Yes, Louisiana honors concealed carry permits issued by states that recognize Louisiana concealed carry permits.

Is Louisiana a Constitutional Carry State?

No, Louisiana is not a constitutional carry state.

Is Louisiana an Open Carry State?

Yes, open carry is legal in Louisiana without a permit for anyone at least 18 years old that is not prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Is Louisiana a Castle Doctrine State?

Yes, Louisiana is a Castle Doctrine state with a Stand Your Ground statue. There is no duty to retreat before defending yourself.

Are AR-Style and Other Semi-Auto Rifles Legal in Louisiana?

Yes, magazine-fed semi-auto rifles are legal to buy and possess in Louisiana.

Are Standard-Capacity Magazines Allowed in Louisiana?

Yes, in Louisiana, there are no state magazine-capacity restrictions.

Does Louisiana Have Gun Storage Laws?

No, Louisiana does not have a gun storage law.

Is Louisiana a Red Flag State?

No, Louisiana is not a Red Flag law state.

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Robert Sadowski
Having been trained by many top-shelf handgun, shotgun, AR carbine, and long-range shooting instructors, Robert Sadowski brings a user's perspective to Gun Tests. He has authored and edited 15 books on firearm values, firearm disassembly and assembly, and gun guides. His Book Of Glock (Skyhorse Publishing) debuted as an Amazon #1 New Release and is a must-read for the Glock enthusiast. His latest book, 9MM - Guide to America's Most Popular Caliber (Gun Digest Books), is an indispensable resource on the 9mm and understanding the cartridge's performance for concealed carry, home defense, or competition. Over the past two decades, Sadowski has written for many magazines and websites, including tacticallife.com, range365.com, shootingillustrated.com, personaldefenseworld.com and more. His print work has appeared in Combat Handguns, Ballistic, Real World Survivor, Guns Digest, Guns of the Old West, SHOT Business, and more. He is currently the Treasurer/Secretary of the Glock Collectors Association. After receiving an MA from New York University, he worked for a number of magazine publishers and advertising agencies. Sadowski is a lifelong hunter, competitive shooter, and native of Connecticut. He now lives in North Carolina to take full advantage of our 2nd Amendment privilege.


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