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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 2021, Louisiana had the second highest gun death rate among the states. Louisiana also supplied crime guns to other states at the 16th highest rate among the states. Louisiana exported crime guns at nearly twice the national rate.

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.