This is a discussion on Open carry in Louisiana. within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Nobody asked what anyone thought of open carry itself - just if it was legal....
Nobody asked what anyone thought of open carry itself - just if it was legal.
Wish we could all just agree to disagree about OC and CC. I don't OC, don't really see an "advantage" but that is no reason to trash my OC'ing brethren (I'm trying to do better at that as I have come off that way in the past)
60% of convicted felons admitted that they avoided committing crimes when they knew the victim was armed.
40% of convicted felons admitted that they avoided committing crimes when they thought the victim might be armed.
Check out the Gun Facts guide available at Gun Facts - Gun Control | Facts | Debunk | Myths, especially the section on deterrence at pages 10-11.
As far as OC, I never have. I have heard of some people having problems with NOPD when carrying(OC&CC), but no first hand problems.
Back on topic, as I understand it, it is not illegal to OC here, in NO you'll probably attract the NOPD. The OC group I previously mentioned are really good proponents of OC and are helping educate anyone, especially the leo's.
Last edited by ppkheat; June 1st, 2012 at 08:56 AM.
Helpful hints on pushing back and strengthening the 2A:
Yes open carry in Louisiana IS legal. See LA RS 14.95.1 & 14.18 through 14.22 here are some reliable references to explain.
Louisiana State Police - Concealed Handgun Permit Unit
LOCAL - Louisiana Open Carry Awareness League - FAQ
Open Carry in Louisiana | Signal 108
I am a NRA Certified, LA state police registered CCW instructor (LSP #846)
I grew up in NW Louisiana and did not see people open carrying unless they were actively hunting and even then, it was more likely to be a rifle or shotgun. I know that it is perfectly legal, but back then, people just didn't do it. Now, looking back, I would not be surprised if some of them were concealed carrying (even though it wasn't legal at the time). Many of the rural folks were fiercely independent and didn't much cotton to the government telling them what they could or could not do. I suspect that I was in my 20s before I heard that there were some places where it was supposedly illegal to carry a firearm (concealed or otherwise). The idea that such a place might exist was totally alien to me. Back then, we were able to have a shotgun or rifle in the gun rack in the rear window of our pickup and we didn't have to worry about someone stealing it even if we left the doors unlocked. It was common during hunting season for students to have a rifle or shotgun in their car or truck for going hunting after school and we never had any school shootings. These days with the zero-tolerance excrement around here in Texas, a student will get suspended for even a small pocket knife. Last I heard, the rule at the high school I attended back in Louisiana was that the knife had to be less than a certain number of inches, but I don't remember any such limitation back in my day.
Like with all cities, there are good sections and bad sections. I've worked in New Orleans on a Navy project (lived in Kenner initially and after 6 months moved to Slidell). The interesting thing about New Orleans is that instead of good and bad sections of town, you have good and bad *blocks*. You'll have million dollar mansions a few blocks away from "The Projects". Now, having said that, I've never encountered a situation while I was there that I felt compromised my security, but that might have something to do with my situational awareness and the fact that I look a bit more intimidating than my numerous sports and motorcycle injuries would indicate if they knew about them.
Not only is it legal to Open Carry in Louisiana but La Open Carry Awareness League (LOCAL) has been telling everyone about it since 2009. Feel free to drop by one of the many meetings we schedule every month across the state. We post meeting announcements on out website, on our Facebook wall, on out Twitter account, on our discussion forum and even here at Defensive Carry in threads like this one-> LOCAL Meetings for March 2014
Louisiana Open Carry Awareness League