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Louisiana has some of the country’s weakest gun laws and one of its highest gun death rates. Enacting even modest gun safety legislation would go a long way to fighting this epidemic. 

In spite of its general lack of firearm regulation, in recent years the state has enacted laws to reduce access to guns by people convicted of domestic abuse. In 2019, Louisiana had the sixth-highest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at the 19th-highest rate. Policies lawmakers should consider to save lives from gun violence include funding evidence-based community violence intervention programs and requiring background checks on all gun sales.

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


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.