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Louisiana has no laws generally requiring the retention of sales or background check records by firearm sellers or requiring the reporting of sales of firearms to a state or local agency. In 2018, Louisiana passed a law requiring licensed gun dealers to report background check denials to local sheriffs in instances where a gun purchase was attempted by somebody reported ineligible to purchase firearms by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.1

Dealers in short barreled shotguns and rifles, shotguns or rifles modified to have an overall length of less than 26 inches, concealable firearms with obliterated serial numbers, machine guns, and firearm mufflers or silencers, must keep records of transactions in these firearms as required by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.2


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  1. 2018 La. SB 231 (signed by the Governor May 20, 2018), enacting La. Rev. Stat. §95.1.3(E).[]
  2. La. Rev. Stat. §§ 40:1781, 40:1789.[]