Louisiana adopts Constitutional Carry Light for Veterans and those in the Military, keeping track of states moving to Right-to-Carry

Jul 11, 2022 | Gun Control Laws

Starting August 1st, Louisiana law will allow veterans and active-duty military members to carry concealed guns without a license. Louisiana has about 292,586 veterans, 13,122 active military members, and an adult population of 3,567,841, roughly 8.6 percent of the adult population in Louisiana will be eligible to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.

This version of permitless carry allows any Louisiana resident who meets the eligibility requirements to possess a concealed handgun permit, and who is a reserve or active-duty member of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, Louisiana National Guard or Louisiana Air National Guard, to be totally exempt from the requirement of carrying a concealed handgun permit. The law goes on to cover former members of any branch of the armed forces or national guard who has been honorably discharged from service.

Ian Auzenne, “Analyst: Veteran and military concealed carry law could be model for other states,” WWL, July 7, 2022.

As of July 11th, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey officials have issued rules to mandate that permitted concealed handgun licenses be issued without requiring “proper cause,” that is demonstrating to a public official that they have a “good reason” or a “justifiable need” to carry.

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