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Civilian Guns

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn Louisiana, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 45.0%1
2002: 45.6%2
2001: 44.1%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Louisiana, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 55.04%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn Louisiana, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 68.1%5 6
1991/2000: 74.6%
1981/1990: 77.6%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Louisiana, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 8967
2013: 886
2012: 845
2011: 865
2010: 864
2009: 810
2008: 822
2007: 869
2006: 831
2005: 858
2004: 902
2003: 847
2002: 876
2001: 781
2000: 790
1999: 779

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Louisiana, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 19.277
2013: 19.14
2012: 18.35
2011: 18.90
2010: 19.06
2009: 18.03
2008: 18.53
2007: 19.86
2006: 19.31
2005: 18.75
2004: 19.81
2003: 18.73
2002: 19.48
2001: 17.44
2000: 17.68
1999: 17.46

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Louisiana, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 5527
2012: 550
2011: 549
2010: 541
2009: 573
2008: 541
2007: 627
2006: 554
2005: 592
2004: 602
2003: 602
2002: 607
2001: 541
2000: 600
1999: 484

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Louisiana, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 11.937
2012: 11.95
2011: 12.00
2010: 11.93
2009: 12.76
2008: 12.20
2007: 14.33
2006: 12.88
2005: 12.94
2004: 13.22
2003: 13.32
2002: 13.50
2001: 12.08
2000: 13.43
1999: 10.85

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Louisiana, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 4467
2012: 428
2011: 431
2010: 432
2009: 449
2008: 430
2007: 488
2006: 443
2005: 457
2004: 480
2003: 473
2002: 467
2001: 400
2000: 427
1999: 342

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Louisiana, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 9.647
2012: 9.30
2011: 9.42
2010: 9.53
2009: 10.00
2008: 9.69
2007: 11.15
2006: 10.30
2005: 9.99
2004: 10.54
2003: 10.46
2002: 10.38
2001: 8.93
2000: 9.55
1999: 7.67

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Louisiana, according to figures8 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 2989 10
2012: 341
2011: 372
2010: 263
2009: 330
2008: 241
2007: 339
2006: 335
2005: 261
2004: 369
2003: 382
2002: 371
2001: 329
2000: 329
1999: 263
1998: 350
1997: 390
1996: 453
1995: 480

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Louisiana, according to figures11 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 6.4412
2012: 7.41
2011: 8.13
2010: 5.79
2009: 7.35
2008: 5.43
2007: 7.75
2006: 7.79
2005: 5.70
2004: 8.11
2003: 8.45
2002: 8.25
2001: 7.35
2000: 7.36
1999: 5.90
1998: 7.88
1997: 8.82
1996: 10.30
1995: 10.96

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Louisiana, according to figures8 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Louisiana, according to figures11 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Louisiana, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 179 10
2012: 17
2011: 18
2010: 30
2009: 31
2008: 32
2007: 46
2006: 36
2005: 35
2004: 48
2003: 60
2002: 50
2001: 27
2000: 53
1999: 54
1998: 48
1997: 52
1996: 48
1995: 51

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Louisiana, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.3712
2012: 0.37
2011: 0.39
2010: 0.66
2009: 0.69
2008: 0.72
2007: 1.05
2006: 0.84
2005: 0.76
2004: 1.05
2003: 1.33
2002: 1.11
2001: 0.60
2000: 1.19
1999: 1.21
1998: 1.08
1997: 1.18
1996: 1.09
1995: 1.16

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Louisiana, according to figures14 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 13
2009: 13
2008: 10
2007: 15
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 21
2004: 14
2003: 16
2002: 12
2001: 13
2000: 20
1999: 16

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Louisiana, according to figures15 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.46
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.45
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Louisiana, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 419 10
2012: 12
2011: 12
2010: 58
2009: 41
2008: 36
2007: 70
2006: 25
2005: 13
2004: 25
2003: 12
2002: 10
2001: 7
2000: 14
1999: 8
1998: 17
1997: 55
1996: 46
1995: 37

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Louisiana, according to figures17 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.8912
2012: 0.26
2011: 0.26
2010: 1.28
2009: 0.91
2008: 0.81
2007: 1.60
2006: 0.58
2005: 0.28
2004: 0.55
2003: 0.27
2002: 0.22
2001: 0.16
2000: 0.31
1999: 0.18
1998: 0.38
1997: 1.24
1996: 1.05
1995: 0.84

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Louisiana, according to figures16 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 43313 10
2012: 417
2011: 423
2010: 418
2009: 431
2008: 414
2007: 467
2006: 426
2005: 431
2004: 459
2003: 454
2002: 452
2001: 385
2000: 400
1999: 324

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Louisiana, according to figures17 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 9.3613 10
2012: 9.06
2011: 9.25
2010: 9.22
2009: 9.60
2008: 9.33
2007: 10.67
2006: 9.90
2005: 9.42
2004: 10.08
2003: 10.04
2002: 10.05
2001: 8.60
2000: 8.95
1999: 7.26

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Louisiana, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 5837
2012: 567
2011: 573
2010: 557
2009: 490
2008: 532
2007: 522
2006: 492
2005: 505
2004: 537
2003: 461
2002: 499
2001: 493
2000: 468
1999: 518

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Louisiana, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 12.607
2012: 12.32
2011: 12.52
2010: 12.29
2009: 10.91
2008: 11.99
2007: 11.93
2006: 11.43
2005: 11.03
2004: 11.80
2003: 10.20
2002: 11.10
2001: 11.01
2000: 10.47
1999: 11.61

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Louisiana, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 4087
2012: 375
2011: 377
2010: 385
2009: 328
2008: 351
2007: 335
2006: 331
2005: 348
2004: 371
2003: 316
2002: 349
2001: 352
2000: 326
1999: 389

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Louisiana, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 8.827
2012: 8.15
2011: 8.25
2010: 8.49
2009: 7.30
2008: 7.91
2007: 7.66
2006: 7.69
2005: 7.60
2004: 8.15
2003: 6.99
2002: 7.76
2001: 7.86
2000: 7.29
1999: 8.72

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Louisiana, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 1813
2012: 16
2011: 10
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 14
2003: 13
2002: 10
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Louisiana, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Louisiana, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 2813
2012: 23
2011: 22
2010: 24
2009: 18
2008: 27
2007: 29
2006: 26
2005: 29
2004: 36
2003: 31
2002: 28
2001: 30
2000: 32
1999: 35

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Louisiana, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.6113
2012: 0.50
2011: 0.48
2010: 0.53
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.61
2007: 0.66
2006: 0.60
2005: 0.63
2004: 0.79
2003: 0.69
2002: 0.62
2001: 0.67
2000: 0.72
1999: 0.78

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Louisiana, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 36213
2012: 336
2011: 345
2010: 353
2009: 307
2008: 318
2007: 299
2006: 296
2005: 310
2004: 321
2003: 272
2002: 311
2001: 315
2000: 289
1999: 345

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Louisiana, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 7.8313
2012: 7.30
2011: 7.54
2010: 7.79
2009: 6.83
2008: 7.17
2007: 6.83
2006: 6.88
2005: 6.77
2004: 7.05
2003: 6.02
2002: 6.92
2001: 7.03
2000: 6.47
1999: 7.73

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Louisiana, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 197
2012: 33
2011: 51
2010: 43
2009: 23
2008: 33
2007: 36
2006: 47
2005: 38
2004: 41
2003: 50
2002: 47
2001: 24
2000: 30
1999: 28

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Louisiana, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.417
2012: 0.72
2011: 1.11
2010: 0.95
2009: 0.51
2008: 0.74
2007: 0.82
2006: 1.09
2005: 0.83
2004: 0.90
2003: 1.11
2002: 1.05
2001: 0.54
2000: 0.67
1999: 0.63

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Louisiana, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Louisiana, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Louisiana, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Louisiana, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Louisiana, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 1613
2012: 31
2011: 48
2010: 42
2009: 21
2008: 29
2007: 33
2006: 41
2005: 34
2004: 38
2003: 47
2002: 44
2001: 17
2000: 23
1999: 21

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Louisiana, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.67
2011: 1.05
2010: 0.93
2009: 0.47
2008: 0.65
2007: 0.75
2006: 0.95
2005: 0.74
2004: 0.83
2003: 1.04
2002: 0.98
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.51
1999: 0.47

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Louisiana, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 7
2006: 7
2005: 7
2004: 7
2003: 2
2002: 6
2001: 3
2000: 4
1999: 15

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Louisiana, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.16
2006: 0.16
2005: 0.15
2004: 0.15
2003: 0.04
2002: 0.13
2001: 0.07
2000: 0.09
1999: 0.34

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Louisiana, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Louisiana, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Louisiana, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Louisiana, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Louisiana, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 13

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Louisiana, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn Louisiana, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 1518
2010: 18
2009: 19
2008: 1319
2007: 17
2006: 18
2005: 34
2004: 21
2003: 27
2002: 23
2001: 1920
2000: 16
1999: 25
1998: 16
1997: 26
1996: 12
1995: 13

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Louisiana at a rate of 23.721 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Louisiana ranked at No. 1521 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Louisiana is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Louisiana includes the Louisiana Revised Statutes and the Constitution of Louisiana 197423

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Louisiana are regulated by the local and state governments (as long as local regulations do not conflict with State law)24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Louisiana, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Louisiana, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns,30 but civilians are allowed to possess assault weapons,31 .50 calibre rifles32 and large capacity ammunition magazines33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Louisiana, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited with only narrow exemptions30 34 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Louisiana, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In Louisiana, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted without a licence35 36 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Louisiana, non-prohibited persons of minimum age35 36 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Louisiana is 17 years for handguns possession (no minimum age for shotguns and rifles), 18 years for purchase37 25 26

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Louisiana does not stipulates38 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Louisiana, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for a permit to carry a hidden handgun39 25 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Louisiana, the law requires for all shortened and/or modified shotguns and rifles, machine guns, and mufflers or silencers only40 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Louisiana, licensed firearm dealers are required (for regulated weapons only)41 30 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Louisiana, licensed gun makers are required (for regulated weapons only)30 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Louisiana, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted42 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Louisiana, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful43 25 26

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Louisiana is not obliged44 42 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Louisiana is not obliged (under State Law)44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Louisiana, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited45 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Louisiana is reported to be

2015: 2,17646
2014: 2,18447
2013: 2,15748
2012: 2,04049
2011: 1,93150

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Louisiana, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined51 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Louisiana, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated52 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Louisiana do not include53 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Louisiana do not include54 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Although regulations in Louisiana do not include53 55 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit, US federal law does apply56

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Louisiana, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law57 58 59 60 25 26

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Louisiana, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not61 25 26 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Louisiana, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed without a permit62 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Louisiana, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit39 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Louisiana, local licensing authorities "shall issue", without room for discretion,39 63 25 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In Louisiana, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (by mutual agreement)39 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In Louisiana, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are not exempt39 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Louisiana, private guns are prohibited in bars, state-owned hospitals, police stations, detention facilities, courthouse, polling place, state capitol building, airports, churches (with limited exceptions), parades or demonstrations64 and schools65 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Louisiana as ‘F’66

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Louisiana on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 267
2010: 268
2009: 269
2008: 270
2007: 471

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Louisiana at No. 4872 among 50 US States


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