There are different types of legal carry laws depending on your state.  Almost half of the states in the union now have "permitless carry", or "constitutional carry", meaning you don't have to have a permit to be able to carry a concealed handgun. Which is how it should be nationwide... according to the Constitution of the United States.  According to usconcealedcarry.com:

Listed below are the states that allow permitless concealed carry (PC) and the minimum age requirement:

In order to carry a handgun, an individual must be:

  • Able to lawfully possess a handgun per federal law (e.g. not a felon or an individual with a conviction of domestic abuse) and any state requirements
  • Be in a place where the person has a legal right to be

Louisiana is currently classified as an open carry state, meaning it is legal to carry a firearm that is visible or partially visible without a permit. There are restrictions on where you can open carry: schools, bars, airports, government buildings, etc...Louisiana allows concealed carry with a permit.

But there is now a new law in Louisiana allowing military veterans to be able to carry concealed without a permit, providing they are at least 21 years of age, and have no criminal felony record.   The new law was authored by Monroe area Senator Jay Morris, and was signed into law by Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards, a combat veteran. The new law will take effect August 1st.

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