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January 1, Louisiana Legislature Passes Permitless Concealed Carry Bill



The Louisiana Legislature has successfully passed a bill, SB 1, that would allow any non-felon resident of the state to carry a concealed gun without a permit. This Republican-backed proposal has been approved by both the state House and Senate and is now awaiting the signature of Governor Jeff Landry (R-LA).

The House passed the bill on Wednesday with a 75-28 vote, following the Senate’s approval last week with a 28-10 vote. If Governor Landry signs the bill, Louisiana will become the 28th state to enact a constitutional carry-style law.

The bill stipulates that “law-abiding persons eighteen years of age and not otherwise prohibited may carry a concealed weapon lawfully without a permit,” effectively removing the previous requirements for concealed carry in the state.

Louisiana state Rep. Mike Johnson voiced his support for the bill, stating,
“People are getting raped, murdered, carjacked and assaulted. A vote for this bill today gives the citizens of Louisiana the right to defend themselves.”

The legislation was sponsored by Republican state Sen. Blake Miguez. He noted that if signed, the law would take effect on Independence Day, a fitting tribute to the freedoms our nation holds dear.

Miguez expressed his gratitude to his colleagues, saying,
“Thank you to the LA House of Representatives for passing #SB1 (Constitutional Carry) without amendments. It will now head to Governor Jeff Landry’s desk for signature with an effective date of July 4th this year, in honor of the our nation’s Independence Day.”

The bill’s passage comes after Governor Landry urged the state legislature to pass stricter punishments for crime and a constitutional carry bill in a special session.

Landry argued, “While criminals carry guns without regard for the law, lawful gun owners are our most law-abiding citizens. Their armed presence helps deter violent crime. It is time Louisiana join 27 other states who have created a constitutional right to carry a firearm without the government’s permission. This body has repeatedly passed it. Now you have a governor who will sign it.”

A similar constitutional carry bill was vetoed in June 2021 by then-Governor John Bel Edwards (D-LA), despite overwhelming support from both the state House and Senate.

However, the governor’s office changed hands earlier this year when Landry won over 50% of the vote in Louisiana’s “jungle primary” in October 2023. As Landry won more than half of the vote, the race did not proceed to the general election.

Landry’s campaign focused on controlling crime and improving the economy and public school system. He criticized “woke” district attorneys for their lenient stance on crime, promising that under his governance, Louisiana would “hold everyone, and I mean everyone, accountable for violent crime.”

Why It Matters (op-ed)

The passage of SB 1 marks a victory for law-abiding citizens in Louisiana. No longer will they be at the mercy of criminals who disregard gun laws. Instead, they’ll have the means to protect themselves and their families.

As Governor Landry aptly put it, the presence of armed, law-abiding citizens deters violent crime. This bill’s passage sends a clear message that Louisiana is serious about crime control and upholding the constitutional rights of its residents.

The proposed law’s Independence Day enactment further highlights its significance as a tribute to the freedoms our nation cherishes. It’s time for Louisiana to join the 27 other states that have embraced constitutional carry, and Governor Landry’s signature will ensure that happens.

As our loyal readers, we encourage you to share your thoughts and opinions on this issue. Let your voice be heard and join the discussion below.




  1. Raymond Bourgoin

    March 5, 2024 at 8:01 pm

    All guns should be prohibited. Only hunting guns during hunting season and police or law enforcement people. And of course the military. When not hunting season, they should be kept with the police. The more you permit guns, even for law abiding citizens, some of those citizens become un-law abiding. The USA is the only country in the world that allows guns on such a wide sale … and that is the cause of most killings in the world. Wake up America. How many people have been killed by so-called law abiding citizens, when someone approaches their house … just to ask for information? I live in Japan, where most murders are with knives … guns are not permitted. It’s the safest country in the world. Even women walk the streets at night with no fear. Those who use knives to kill, are those who have hatreds of even some of their so- called friends. AMERICA WAKE UP! I’m a former Mainer.

  2. Robert Lambert

    March 5, 2024 at 8:30 pm

    Congratulations, and welcome to the club (from Florida) of states that are RETURNING (not creating or expanding, as the left would have you believe) Constitutional rights to those amongst us who are law-abiding citizens. The Left (mostly Democrats, but some RINOs are included) are far more concerned with the safety and well-being of violent anti-social types of low-life thugs than ordinary nice folks! As proof of this, witness the defense of the thugs by releasing dangerous criminals from prisons, cashless bail, refusal to prosecute crimes, and the Left’s fallback position to defend these lunacies by accusing anyone trying to resist these counterproductive actions of RACISM, which is a cheap trick. It’s also been thrown around so carelessly that even some prominent black people have been called “White-Supremacists”. You cannot make this up! Larry Elder was one, and there have been others. When some people realize that a career in crime may be dangerous to their health, maybe they will choose a more legal profession.

  3. Jack W Peck

    March 6, 2024 at 11:09 am

    Great news! I strongly support laws that allow law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families. Having said that, do your laws, that adjudicate an incident where someone does, lawfully, use a weapon to protect themselves and others, not interfere with them doing so? It’s one thing to be able to lawfully carry a weapon and something else when someone, who does use that weapon, end up spending vast amounts of time and money to defend themselves.

  4. Bill Lewallen

    March 6, 2024 at 4:05 pm

    I’m permitted in my state, NC, but I wish we were as free as Louisiana citizens will be on Independence Day this year.

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