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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2023 ‘Firearm Prohibitions in Louisiana.’ Who Can Have a Gun. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 8 February
Prohibited Purchasers Generally in Louisiana
Federal law prohibits certain persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, such as felons, certain domestic abusers, and certain people with a history of mental illness.
Similarly, Louisiana law prohibits the persons convicted of the following crimes from purchasing or possessing firearms, subject to certain exceptions:
- Certain violent felonies, various types of burglary, unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling, felony illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities, manufacture or possession of a delayed action incendiary device, manufacture or possession of a bomb, possession of a firearm while in possession or during the sale of a controlled substance, felony violations of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law, any crime defined as a sex offense; or
- Any crime defined as an attempt to commit one of the above-mentioned offenses, or a crime under the laws of any other state or of the United States or of any foreign government or country which, if committed in Louisiana, would be one of the above-enumerated crimes.
These prohibitions no longer apply if the person has not been convicted of any felony for ten years after the completion of the sentence.
In addition, persons convicted of domestic abuse battery for the first or second time cannot receive a suspended sentence unless they refrain from owning or possessing a firearm for the entire length of the original sentence…
Louisiana has no laws preventing the purchase or possession of firearms by:
- Persons with mental illness;
- Persons subject to domestic violence restraining orders; or
- Juvenile offenders…
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