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Gun Laws in Louisiana

# in the country for gun law strength


Louisiana experiences the second-highest rate of gun deaths and the second-highest rate of gun homicides in the country. Both New Orleans and Baton Rouge are routinely among the most dangerous cities nationwide and yet the state does not allow local officials to pass basic public safety protections.

In 2018, Louisiana took the important step of enacting laws to protect survivors of intimate partner violence, helping to ensure that abusers convicted of domestic violence or subject to a restraining order could not possess firearms. But since that time, the Louisiana legislature has repeatedly attempted to weaken the state’s gun safety laws, even passing permitless carry legislation in 2021 that would have allowed for concealed carry without a permit, training, or background check. Only the governor’s veto prevented permitless carry from becoming law in the state.

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Gun Law Strength

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Gun Violence Rate

Gun deaths per 100k residents

0 National Average 35
2023 Gun Law Checklist

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