Quick Legal Facts
Knives may not be carried on school property including schools buses or at school functions.
Major Cities with Knife Ordinances:
Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Shreveport
At a Glance:
Effective August 1, 2022, the Louisiana law no longer prohibits “the intentional concealment” on one’s person of any automatic/switchblade knife.
LSA-R.S. 14:94. Illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities
LSA-R.S. 14:95. Illegal carrying of weapons
LSA-R.S. 14:95.1. Possession of firearm or carrying concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies
LSA-R.S. 14:95.2. Carrying a firearm or dangerous weapon by a student or nonstudent on school property, at school-sponsored functions, or in a firearm-free zone
LSA-R.S. 14:95.10. Possession of a firearm or carrying of a concealed weapon by a person convicted of domestic abuse battery and certain offenses of battery of a dating partner
There is no issue as to open or concealed carry of knives.
Restrictions on Sale or Transfer:
Restrictions on Carry in Specific Locations/Circumstances:
Knives may not be carried on the property of elementary, secondary, high schools, or vocational-technical schools. This restriction also applies to school buses and school functions/activities.
Major Louisiana Cities with Knife Restrictive Ordinances:
Baton Rouge – § 13:95, Prohibits the manufacture, ownership, possession, custody or use of any switchblade.
New Orleans – § 54-342, Prohibits, among other things, possession and carry of any switchblade. § 54-342, Prohibits possession of weapons at demonstrations.
Shreveport – § 50-135.2, Prohibits possession of weapons at government facilities and facilities owned by the City.
(Bias Toward Closure)
In May of 2012 an amendment to the Louisiana law, initiated by AKTI, incorporated the bias toward closure concept into 14:95 and clarified that various one-hand operable knives could be legally owned and carried in that state. This amendment remains as sub-part (4) (b) of 14:95. Thus, there is no issue with respect to ‘assisted opening’ knives or other types using a thumb stud or declivity to enable one-hand use.
Louisiana law allows municipalities considerable latitude with respect to local governance. Section 14:95 (F) expressly provides that convictions for violating such local laws may apply for purposes of repeat offender sentencing:
For purposes of determining whether a defendant has a prior conviction for a violation of this Section, a conviction pursuant to this Section or a conviction pursuant to an ordinance of a local governmental subdivision of this state which contains the elements provided for in Subsection A of this Section shall constitute a prior conviction.
Updated August 5, 2019, by Daniel C. Lawson