The LA State Constitution Article 1, Section 11

"The right of each citizen to keep and bear arms is fundamental and shall not be infringed. Any restriction on this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny."

Louisiana Carry is a non-profit organization registered with the Louisiana Secretary of State established to educate and raise awareness of the legalities of carrying firearms in the state of Louisiana. Our goal is to educate the public about Louisiana Open Carry and the laws that affect it as well as on handgun carry in general, including concealed, as well as to "normalize" the sight of an armed citizen going about daily business as is legal in the State of Louisiana.

From the Office of the Attorney General of Louisiana:
Opinion No. 79 1212:

"It is the conclusion of this office that it is legal to carry a gun when it is exposed on one's person. The Louisiana Supreme Court has affirmed this conclusion. State v. Fluker, 311 So.2d 863 (1975). However, the legality of carrying even an exposed gun is subject to certain limitations of law."

State v. Chandler, 5 La. Ann. 489, 52 Am. Dec. 599 (1850)

"In State v. Chandler, 5 La. Ann. 489, 490 (1850), the Louisiana Supreme Court held that citizens had a right to carry arms openly: 'This is the right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, and which is calculated to incite men to a manly and noble defense of themselves, if necessary, and of their country, without any tendency to secret advantages and unmanly assassinations."

Louisiana is a traditional open carry state. We have complete state preemption of firearms laws with the exception that laws in place prior to the passage of preemption are allowed to remain in place. In the United States, 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.

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