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Louisiana has some of the country’s weakest gun laws and has repeatedly suffered some of the highest gun death rates. Enacting even modest gun safety legislation would go a long way to improve community safety in the state. 

In spite of its general lack of firearm regulation, in recent years the state has enacted laws to strengthen some protections for survivors of domestic violence. In 2022, Louisiana had the second highest gun death rate among the states. In an average year, 1,153 people die from gun violence in the state. That means that someone dies from gun violence every 8 hours. Thirty-nine percent of those deaths are gun suicides, and 58% are gun homicides. In Louisiana, the rate of gun deaths increased 46% from 2013 to 2022, compared to a 36% increase nationwide.

What Louisiana Does Well

  • Certain domestic violence gun laws
  • Disarming procedures

What Louisiana Is Missing

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Waiting periods
  • Strong concealed carry law
  • Open carry regulations
  • Child access prevention laws
  • Community violence intervention funding



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.