That argument is bogus. Relevant convictions, outstanding warrants, etc are entered into FBI's NCIC system, and therefore would be just as visible to another state's issuing authority as they are to the folks in Louisiana.It seems the reason for this change is that it is possible for someone with a local criminal history to apply out-of-state and have some degree of success in avoiding having their entire criminal history exposed.
Sounds to me like the Louisiana State Police is bitter that they are losing out on $$$$ to other states that offer non-resident licenses at lower cost. I'm betting that this policy change is simply an issue of revenue generation
I dont buy it. Something just didnt sound right, so I looked into it. From what I've found, such a change would require passage of a bill by the Louisiana state legislature and subsequently signed by the Governor, not simply an administrative change of policy by the state police. According to R.S. 40:1379.3(T)(1), permits issued by a state with a standing reciprocity agreement with Louisiana are good in Louisiana. The above cited state law makes no allowance for the Louisiana State Police to arbitrarily revise the reciprocity policy.