What is Open Carry?
1-Open carry is shorthand terminology for "openly carrying a firearm in public", as distinguished from concealed carry, where firearms cannot be seen by the casual observer. The act of publicly carrying a firearm in plain sight. Plain sight is broadly defined as not being hidden from common observation; varies somewhat from state to state.
Is it legal to openly carry weapons in Louisiana?
Yes, as a general rule- however, certain places and
people are restricted by law.
Can I open carry anywhere? No! Some places are restricted by law. For example, school zones (if you are not in your vehicle, or on private property), government (state and local) buildings, any place that sells alcohol for consumption on the premises and any private property that posts signs expressly forbidding the carrying of firearms.
Who is prohibited from openly carrying weapons?
Anyone who is prohibited from owning weapons. In
general, this means drug addicts, felons, those convicted
of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, and those
under eighteen years of age. Louisiana does have some
laws prohibiting possession of firearms, but Federal laws
are more strict, so if you are OK by Federal law, you are
likely OK by LA law.
How old do you have to be to open carry? In Louisiana 17, but federal law restricts the age to 18. The federal law 'trumps' the state law, so 18.
Do I have to be a Louisiana resident to open carry
No. Visitors to our State may carry just like residents.
Do I need a permit to Open Carry like I do to
There is no permit required to Open Carry in Louisiana.
Do I give up my right to open carry if I get a
concealed handgun permit?
NO! This is misinformation that has spread around the
State for some time now. Supposedly, certain individuals
working for the State Police at one time were informing
concealed handgun instructors to inform those who
applied for a permit that, if approved, they would no
longer be allowed to open carry. There is no basis for this
Can I switch between open carry and concealed
As long as you have your concealed carry permit, you
can chose to do either one, as long as all laws/restrictions
are followed. Having a concealed carry license does
NOT take away your right to openly carry.
Can businesses prohibit me from open carrying?
Yes. A private property owner has the right to prohibit
weapons on their property.
Can I open carry in my vehicle?
Can my handgun be loaded?
Yes. You can carry your gun loaded and ready to use.
Can I open carry on private property?
Yes, provided you are not on someone else's property
who does not want you to.
Do local law enforcement officers know that open
carry is legal?
Some do, some don't- just like non-Law Enforcement
Officers. Do not assume that someone who has been
trained to enforce the law somehow knows everything
there is to know about the law.
Can I be charged with disturbing the peace for
Not legally. RS 14:103 is the LA statute regarding
disturbing of the peace. OC does not meet the standards
for Disturbing the Peace.
Can I be charged with brandishing for open
Again, not legally. Brandishing, by definition, requires
more than an item to simply be visible. Refer to RS
40:1382 for more information about this subject.
Has anyone been arrested for open carry?
Yes. Carrying weapons always carries with it an
increased risk of potential legal complications. However,
open carry, in and of itself, is not illegal. Be aware that
you could be at a significantly increased risk for being
falsely arrested for openly carrying a weapon in some
What holster method should I use for open carry?
That is a personal preference. However be advised that if
you do not have a concealed carry permit you are at an
increased risk of a criminal charge if your carry method
can be construed as having been intended to conceal or
obscure your weapon. It is often suggested that a quality
retention style holster be used whenever possible when
Can I open carry in other States?
Yes, open carry is allowed by law in many States.
Louisiana is one of more than 40 States where citizens
may Open Carry handguns. Laws vary so research each