Gun Charges in Lake Charles
Protecting Your Constitutional Rights in Louisiana
The Second Amendment: The right to bear arms. It’s a Constitutional pillar that our great state of Louisiana cherishes very profoundly. Louisiana is a sportsman’s paradise and for the vast majority of us who were born and raised in Louisiana, who have grown up around hunting, we’ve been more familiar with guns from an early age. Unfortunately, however, there are times where these freedoms and rights—like owning and operating a firearm—that we have been privileged with, can get us into trouble.
Is Louisiana an Open Carry State?
Louisiana is an “open carry” state, meaning that a permit is not needed when possessing a firearm if the user is of the legal age of 17 or older. However, there are stipulations to this law, especially in regards to individuals that have been previously convicted of certain crimes in the past. In saying that, if you are not well-versed on the laws surrounding firearms, it could get you in further trouble.
Can a Convicted Felon Own a Firearm in Louisiana?
If you are a convicted felon, you are prohibited from owning and operating a firearm for ten (10) years from the completion of your sentence date (probation and parole included). If you have a conviction for one, or more of the following crimes, your right to bear arms might be in jeopardy:
- Weapons offenses
- Crimes of violence
- Felony drug crimes
- Sex crimes
- A Domestic Abuse Protective Order (Louisiana Uniform Protective Order)
Additionally, it’s important to note that firearms in the presence of illegal narcotics can turn a mistaken-riddled night into a nightmare for your future. It almost seems cliché, but it’s true: guns are the not-so-distant relative to drugs and can signal to law enforcement agencies that there is more to the story than just the occasional dabbling of drug use, but could actually be the intent to sell narcotics. This could cost you exponentially in a variety of ways and the loss of your Second Amendment rights is just the beginning.
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