How to Obtain a Firearm License in the State of Louisiana
Gun laws in Louisiana are very lenient, like most states in the south. The state has a casual stance toward firearm permits. The state doesn’t require you to have a license to purchase a firearm, because the law doesn’t require you to have one. Any resident of Louisiana can possess a gun and carry it openly. There is no minimum age to buying a rifle or a shotgun.
How to purchase a firearm in Louisiana?
You can legally buy a weapon from anyone at any point of time, whether its a neighbor having a garage sale or a person who opens up his trunk and sells you a firearm.
You can also head to your local gun store where the clerk will submit your information to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to check your records. They do a thorough check through the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System and takes up some time.
Even though state laws do not have any restrictions, when you purchase a gun from a store, federal regulations do apply.
- If you’re a felon within ten years of the date of your parole, you will not be eligible to purchase a firearm.
- If you’ve had a medical certification that would make it illegal for you to own a weapon.
- People who have had a past with addiction and abused the use of alcohol and drugs are not likely to purchase weapons either.
However, if the records check to come back clean, you can walk out of the store with a new gun.
The Federal law does not allow anyone who’s been convicted for a crime punishable by imprisonment, from possessing a firearm, and that law supersedes the state law.
The process is the same for handguns, shotguns, and rifles. You can’t buy fully automatic weapons as a civilian without the proper federal paperwork.
How to get a concealed handgun permit?
Only residents of Louisiana are eligible to obtain a concealed handgun permit. People who are active duty military assigned to a military posting in Louisiana are also eligible.
Requirements for residents to obtain a license for a concealed handgun:
- You must be a state resident, and you must be at least 21 years old
- You must be mentally stable and not possess any physical illness that makes it difficult to handle a gun or be otherwise ineligible to own a gun
- You must not have been committed for substance abuse or have a misdemeanor charge for controlled substance within five years of application
- You should not have had a permit request denied within the last year
Steps to acquire a concealed handgun license in Louisiana:
1. Complete the training course
The first step is to complete a firearms safety or training course that is offered or approved by the Louisiana State Police. The state is very strict about what training they will accept. Only National Rifle Association Basic Pistol, Personal Protection in the Home or Personal Protection Outside the home will be allowed.
3. Fill out the application for a concealed handgun permit
After you complete the course and your class is complete, you can fill out the official state application for a concealed handgun permit and your course instructor will sign it. Your instructor will also help you with the fingerprints and all the other paperwork.
4. You can submit your paperwork to the State police department
You can send the application and paperwork by mail to, Louisiana State Police Concealed Handgun Permit Unit, P.O. Box 66375, Baton Rouge, LA 70896
You can also attach the application and submit your form via the online portal. Please note the state no longer requires that you provide photos with your application and no longer requires that your application is notarized.