BATON ROUGE, La. (July 4, 2024) – Today, a Louisiana law allowing the permitless carrying of concealed firearms went into effect. The enactment of a so-called “constitutional carry” bill will also foster an environment more hostile to federal gun control.

Sen. Blake Miguez sponsored SB1 (SB1). The new law will allow Louisiana residents 18 and over who are not prohibited from possessing a firearm under state or federal law to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. Under the law, the state will continue issuing concealed carry permits for residents who want to carry in other states with CCDW reciprocity with Louisiana.

Louisiana already allows the open carrying of firearms without a permit by individuals 21 and over.

The Senate passed the bill in a 28-10 vote. The House passed the bill by a 76-28 margin. With Gov. Jeff Laundry’s signature in March, the law went into effect on July 4.

Currently, 29 states have legalized permitless carry.


While permitless carry bills do not directly affect federal gun control, the widespread passage of permitless concealed carry laws in states subtly undermines federal efforts to regulate guns. As we’ve seen with marijuana and industrial hemp, a federal regulation becomes ineffective when states ignore it and pass laws encouraging the prohibited activity anyway.

The federal government lacks the enforcement power necessary to maintain its ban, and people will willingly take on the small risk of federal sanctions if they know the state will not interfere. This increases when the state actively encourages “the market.”

Less restrictive state gun laws will likely have a similar impact on federal gun laws. It will make it that much more difficult for the feds to enforce any future federal gun control, and increase the likelihood that states with few limits will simply refuse to cooperate with federal enforcement efforts.

State actions such as passing SB1 would lower barriers for those wanting the option of defending themselves with firearms and encourage a “gun-friendly” environment that would make federal efforts to limit firearms that much more difficult.

Mike Maharrey