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Concealed Handgun Permit Unit


Act 4 of the First Extraordinary Session of the 1996 Legislature amended and re-enacted R.S. 40:1379.3 providing for the issuance of statewide concealed handgun permits by the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Public Safety & Corrections (DPS). The permit grants statewide authority to a citizen to carry a concealed handgun on his person. A handgun is defined as "a type of firearm commonly referred to as a pistol or revolver originally designed to be fired by the use of a single hand and which is designed to fire or is capable of firing fixed cartridge ammunition." It does not include "shotguns or rifles that have been altered by having their stocks or barrels cut or shortened."


 News
 How To Apply
 Fees
 Training
 Instructors
 Instructor Requirements
 Forms
 Prohibited Locations
 Duties of Permittees
 Reciprocity
 Laws and Administrative Rules
 Links
 Frequently Asked Questions
 Contact Us


News

The passage of Act 84 of the 2013 Regular Legislative Session allows for the issuance of a lifetime concealed handgun permit. These lifetime permits will be issued beginning August 1, 2013. The application has been updated to reflect this new option.


The passage of Act 398 of the 2013 Regular Legislative Session ceases requirements for the registration of firearms as defined in LRS 40:1781.  Effective August 1, 2013, the Concealed Handgun Permit Unit will no longer accept applications to register or transfer firearms. However, this does not affect any requirement of federal law to register those weapons with the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.


The passage of Act 874 of the 2012 Regular Legislative Session and the recently passed amendment to the constitution regarding the "strict scrutiny" standard does not nullify present laws regarding firearms or handguns. Statutes are presumed constitutional. A statute remains in effect unless and until, after being challenged in a court of proper jurisdiction, the law is declared unconstitutional.


The 2010 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature has made changes to LRS 40:1379.3. Most significantly, as of August 15, 2011, Louisiana will no longer allow residents to present a permit issued by another state for carrying in this state. The Laws and Rules Handbook is currently being re-written to reflect these changes.

  • If you are interested in becoming an instructor, you must submit a completed instructor application, a detailed course syllabus, and certified true copies of your instructor certifications. Only Louisiana P.O.S.T. Firearm Instructor or National Rifle Association Basic Pistol, Personal Protection in the Home or Personal Protection Outside the home will be accepted. Please do not send cover letters, resumes, or any other material that is not required. This information must be submitted together or your application will not be processed.
  • Due to the large volume of applications that the section has received this year, processing time has been increased to 120 business days.
  • Please be sure to review your application for accuracy before submission. A discrepancy will delay its timely processing.
  • You must list all arrests, regardless of the outcome, on the application and provide certified true copies of the dispositions from the court.

Concealed Handgun Permit New Legislation (Effective August 15, 2008)

  1. R.S. 40:1379.3(A)(2) – "Any information in any application for a concealed handgun permit or any information provided in connection with the application... shall be held confidential and shall not be subject to any public records request nor shall the information be considered as a public record pursuant to R.S. 44:1 et seq."

Laws and Rule Booklet

The electronic version of the Laws and Rule Booklet has been updated to include the changes in the 2008 Regular Legislative Session. Printing of updated booklets will not be conducted until the Louisiana Administrative Code is amended in accordance with the changes in statute.

NEW Law and Rule Booklet

Reciprocity (Effective August 15, 2004)

Effective August 15, 2004, the concealed handgun laws were amended concerning reciprocity with other states. The statute provides as follows:

"...A current and valid concealed handgun permit issued by another state shall be deemed to be valid within this state if a current and valid concealed handgun permit issued by Louisiana is valid in those states." Louisiana law requires residents of the State of Louisiana to possess a Louisiana permit to carry a concealed weapon in this state. Louisiana law does not prohibit residents from obtaining permits from other states to carry in those states.

Please see the Reciprocity section for updates.

http://www.legis.state.la.us/leg_docs/04RS/CVT2/OUT/0000LVEK.PDF

Should you have any questions or need further information, please contact the Concealed Handgun Permit Unit at (225) 925-4867.




How To Apply

Application Process:

  1. The average processing time is 120 business days for new and renewal concealed handgun permit applications.

  2. In an effort to allow the most efficient processing of your application, we suggest that you review the following tips for both new and renewal applications:

    1. Review your application for completeness. An incomplete application may result in the delay or denial of your application.

    2. Make sure all questions are answered correctly, specifically the questions with regard to arrests, medical conditions, and 18 USC 922 g. (See selected statutes in the Law and Rule Booklet.)

      1. Read the arrest question carefully, as you must list all arrests, summons, and citations (except speeding citations) even if listed on a previous application. You must provide a certified true copy of all arrest dispositions with your application.

      2. If you listed a medical condition you must have the treating physician complete the medical summary form before submitting your application.

      3. If you are currently subject to a protective or restraining order you must provide a certified true copy with your application.

  3. For renewals, complete your application and send it in as soon as possible to avoid any lapse in permit privileges.

Original/First-Time Applicants:

In order to apply for a concealed handgun permit, a citizen should follow the steps below:

  1. Download a Concealed Handgun Permit Application and complete the instructions found on pages one and two of the application. You may also obtain an application at the State Police Headquarters (7919 Independence Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806) between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

  2. Provide all necessary documentation pertaining to training, arrest dispositions, medical summary dispositions, and divorcee decrees (if applicable).

  3. Contact your local police office, local sheriff's department, or State Police Headquarters for fingerprinting. Fingerprinting at State Police Headquarters requires a $10.00 money order. Bring your photograph with you so the person fingerprinting you can sign and date the back of it. Prints must be submitted on an FBI Applicant Fingerprint Card. The card should be completed as outlined in the application instructions. Example

  4. All completed applications must be submitted to:
       Louisiana State Police
       Concealed Handgun Permit Unit
       PO Box 66375
       Baton Rouge, LA 70896

Renewals:

  1. Permit holders will be notified in writing at their address of record, approximately 120 days prior to the expiration of their permit to begin the renewal process.

  2. Upon notification, download and complete the Concealed Handgun Permit Application.

  3. Submit the renewal application with a new passport photograph, a new training certificate, a photocopy of your driver's license, and the appropriate fees.

  4. The completed application should be returned to the Department no less than 90 days prior to the expiration of the permit to allow sufficient time for processing.

  5. You must submit your application within 60 days after the expiration date or you will be required to submit a new original application including fingerprints.

  6. All completed renewal applications must be submitted to:
       Louisiana State Police
       Concealed Handgun Permit Unit
       PO Box 66375
       Baton Rouge, LA 70896



Fees

Original/First-Time Applicants
Five Year Permit:
Ages 21 - 64
$125

65 Years of Age or Older
$62.50
Lifetime Permit:
Ages 21 - 64
$500

65 Years of Age or Older
$250

NOTE: If you have not continuously resided within the State of Louisiana for the 15 years immediately preceding the date on which your application is received, an additional $50 non-refundable fee shall be submitted. This is only for first-time applicants and is not required for any subsequent renewals.

Five Year Permit Renewals:
Ages 21 - 64
$125
65 Years of Age or Older
$62.50

NOTE: For renewal applications the additional $50 non-refundable fee and the submission of a fingerprint card is not applicable.

NOTE: ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE, and must be paid by money order, cashier's check, or certified check.





Training

Original/First-Time Applicants:

In addition to meeting the qualifications in R.S. 40:1379.3(C), an applicant must demonstrate competence with a handgun by completion of an approved firearms safety or training course taught by an NRA or P.O.S.T. certified instructor that is registered with State Police, or completion of small arms training while serving in the military (as evidenced by a DD-214), [active service members, reservist and national guard members must include a clear photocopy of their military ID (front & back) with a copy of their last qualification record from their 201 file], or possession of a current valid license to carry a concealed weapon issued by a parish law enforcement officer.


Lifetime permit holders are required to complete refresher training every five years as required by LRS 40:1379.3.(V)(4). 


Renewals:

Pursuant to LAC 55:I:1307.D, each permittee applying for a renewal of his permit shall complete additional educational training within one year prior to submitting a renewal application. To obtain renewal training, please contact one of the LSP registered instructors.



Instructors

Any training course or class offered for the purpose of certification to obtain a concealed handgun permit must be conducted by an NRA or P.O.S.T. certified instructor who has registered his name and certification with the Department. The Department does not regulate the fees charged by these instructors.

Instructor List - These instructors have registered with the Concealed Handgun Permit Unit in accordance with the administrative rules and have authorized release of their names and phone numbers to applicants as of 12/12/2013.



Instructor Requirements

Instructor Requirements - Click here to view Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit Instructor Requirements

Forms

  1. Concealed Handgun Permit Application

  2. Change of Address

  3. Instructor Information Form

  4. Medical Summary and Disposition

  5. Suspension/Revocation Affidavit DPSSP 4646 (Law Enforcement Use Only)

Firearm Registration/Transfer Forms

The passage of Act 398 of the 2013 Regular Legislative Session ceases requirements for the registration of firearms as defined in LRS 40:1781.  Effective August 1, 2013, the Concealed Handgun Permit Unit will no longer accept applications to register or transfer firearms. However, this does not affect any requirement of federal law to register those weapons with the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Prohibited Locations

R.S. 40:1379.3 (N) states that no concealed handgun may be carried into and no concealed handgun permit issued pursuant to this Section shall authorize or entitle a permittee to carry a concealed handgun in any of the following:

  • A law enforcement office, station, or building;

  • A detention facility, prison, or jail;

  • A courthouse or courtroom, provided that a judge may carry such a weapon in his own courtroom;

  • A polling place;

  • A meeting place of the governing authority of a political subdivision;

  • The state capitol building;

  • Any portion of an airport facility where the carrying of firearms is prohibited under federal law, except that no person shall be prohibited from carrying any legal firearm into the terminal, if the firearm is encased for shipment, for the purpose of checking such firearm as lawful baggage;

  • Any church, synagogue, mosque or similar place of worship; See RS 40:1379.3 (U)

  • A parade or demonstration for which a permit is issued by a governmental entity;

  • Any portion of the permitted area of an establishment that has been granted a Class A-General retail permit, as defined in Part II of Chapter 1 or Part II of Chapter 2 of Title 26 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises.

  • Any school "firearm free zone" as defined in R.S. 14:95.6.

The provisions of R.S. 40:1379.3 (N) shall not limit the right of a property owner, lessee, or other lawful custodian to prohibit or restrict access of those persons possessing a concealed handgun pursuant to a permit issued under this Section. No individual to whom a concealed handgun permit is issued may carry such concealed handgun into the private residence of another without first receiving the consent of that person.




Duties of Permittees

The permit shall be retained by the permittee who shall immediately produce it upon the request of any law enforcement officer. Anyone who fails to do so shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars. Additionally, when any peace officer approaches a permittee in an official manner or with an identified purpose, the permittee shall:

  1. Notify the officer that he has a weapon on his person;

  2. Submit to a pat down;

  3. Allow the officer to temporarily disarm him.

A permittee may not carry and conceal a handgun while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) as defined in R.S. 40:961 and 964. For purposes of the concealed handgun law, a permittee is considered under the influence of alcohol when a blood alcohol reading of .05% or greater by weight of alcohol in the blood is obtained, or a blood or urine test shows any confirmed presence of a CDS.

The permit to carry a concealed handgun shall be revoked by the deputy secretary when the permittee is carrying and concealing a handgun under any of the following circumstances:

  1. The blood alcohol reading of the permittee is .05% or greater by weight of alcohol in the blood;

  2. The permittee's blood test or urine test shows the confirmed presence of a CDS as defined in R.S. 40:961 and 964;

  3. The permittee refuses to submit to a department certified chemical test when requested to do so by a law enforcement officer.

R.S. 40:1379.3(L) provides that anyone who carries and conceals a handgun in violation of any provision of this Section, unless authorized to do so by another provision of the law, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.

R.S. 40:1379.3(C)(1) requires the making of a sworn application to the deputy secretary of public safety services of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections. The providing of false or misleading information on the application or any documents submitted with the application shall be grounds for the denial or revocation of a concealed handgun permit. The application shall reflect training in pistols, revolvers, or both. Any permittee under this Section shall notify the department of any address or name change within thirty days of the change. Failure to timely notify the department of a name or address change may result in suspension of the permit for up to thirty days.

R.S. 40:1379.3(R)(1) requires each permittee, within fifteen days of a misdemeanor or a felony arrest, other than a minor traffic violation, in this state or any other state, shall notify the deputy secretary of public safety services by certified mail. The deputy secretary may suspend, for up to ninety days, the permit of any permittee who fails to meet the notification requirements of this Section.

R.S. 40:1379.3(F)(1) mandates that the deputy secretary shall revoke the permit if at any time during the permit period the permittee fails to satisfy any one of the qualification requirements provided for in Subsection C of R.S. 40:1379.3.



Reciprocity

Pursuant to R.S. 40:1379.3(T)(1) a valid permit in another state is valid in Louisiana if the issuing state honors concealed handgun permits issued by Louisiana.

Permit holders are reminded that while carrying a concealed handgun in another state they are bound by that state's laws governing concealed carry and permittees from other reciprocal states are bound by Louisiana concealed carry laws while in Louisiana.



States that honor Louisiana permits AND whose permits are honored in Louisiana

State / Website Agreement Date Contact #
Alabama 08-15-2004 (334) 242-7300
Alaska 08-16-2004 (907) 269-0392
Arizona 08-18-2004 (800) 256-6280
Arkansas 07-31-2007 (501) 618-8600
Colorado 09-02-2004 (303) 239-5850
Florida 07-12-1999 (850) 488-5381
Georgia 09-30-2004 (404) 657-2203
Idaho 08-16-2004 (208) 884-7000
Indiana 09-30-2004 (317) 232-8200
Iowa 01-01-2011 (515) 725-6230
Kansas 01-22-2007 (785) 296-2215
Kentucky 08-16-1999 (502) 227-2221
Maine 06-25-2009 (800) 452-4664
Michigan 08-31-2004 (517) 332-2521
Minnesota 07-31-2004 (651) 793-2400
Mississippi 08-12-2004 (601) 987-1586
Missouri 08-16-2004 (573) 751-3321
Montana 08-24-2004 (406) 444-2026
Nebraska 08-30-2009 (402) 471-4545
Nevada 10-01-2007 (775) 684-6262
New Hampshire 08-16-2004 (603) 271-3575
North Carolina 08-16-2004 (919) 716-6500
North Dakota 02-26-2007 (701) 328-5500
Ohio 08-15-2011 (800) 282-0515
Oklahoma 08-18-2004 (800) 522-8017 Ext. 2519
Pennsylvania 12-12-2006 (717) 783-1111
South Carolina 02-15-2005 (803) 896-7014
South Dakota 02-15-2007 (605) 773-4102
Tennessee 12-18-1997 (615) 251-8590
Texas 08-12-1998 (512) 424-7293
Utah 08-16-2004 (801) 965-4445
Vermont 02-23-2007 (802) 244-8775
Virginia 10-22-2004 (804) 674-2000
Washington 08-13-2004 (206) 389-6800
West Virginia 11-17-2008 (800) 368-8808
Wisconsin 12-1-2011 (608) 266-1221
Wyoming 03-28-2002 (307) 777-4301

States that DO NOT honor Louisiana permits

State Date Notified Contact #
California 08-12-2004 (916) 227-0163
Hawaii 08-19-2004 (808) 586-1160
Illinois 08-23-2004 (800) 255-3323
Maryland 08-17-2004 (410) 799-0191
Massachusetts 08-18-2004 (617) 660-4600
New Jersey 08-26-2004 (609) 882-2000
New Mexico 12-14-2011 (505) 841-8053
New York 08-30-2004 (800) 770-0220
Oregon 10-01-2004 (503) 378-3070 ext.418
Rhode Island 08-23-2004 (401) 274-4400




Laws and Administrative Rules



Links

Office of the State Register
This is a searchable database of the Louisiana Administrative Code. These are the administrative rules governing the issuance, and regulation of concealed handgun permits. These rules are contained in the Louisiana Administrative Code, Title 55, Part I, Chapter 13, Sections 1301 and 1317.

Louisiana State Legislature Search
This is a searchable database of the Louisiana Revised Statutes. The specific laws concerning concealed handgun permits are located in R.S. 40:1379.3 et seq.



Frequently Asked Questions



Contact Us

Please direct any written correspondence, or submit applications to:
Louisiana State Police
Concealed Handgun Permit Unit
PO Box 66375
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70896

Concealed Handgun Permit Unit Phone Numbers:
(225) 925-4867
(225) 925-4868
(225) 922-0225 (Fax Number)

Office Personnel:
1. Sergeant Michelle King
2. Wyndie Chifici (Office Manager)

Concealed Handgun Permit Unit E-Mail Address: