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 2020, Louisiana had the second-highest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at the 15th-highest rate. To save lives from gun violence, lawmakers should invest in community violence intervention programs, require background checks on all gun sales, enact an extreme risk protection law, and act to curb gun trafficking.
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
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