Illegal Carrying of Weapons Law — Louisiana

Illegally Carrying Weapons New Orleans

The crime of illegal carrying of a weapon is a misdemeanor unless the weapon is a firearm that is used to commit a Crime of Violence.  The statute may be found at La. R.S. 14:95.  This crime is defined by any one of the following acts:

(1)  The intentional concealment of any firearm, or other instrument used or intended for use as a dangerous weapon, on one’s person; or

(2)  The ownership, possession or use of any firearm, or other instrument used as a dangerous weapon, at any time by an enemy alien; or

(3)  The ownership, possession or use of any tools or explosives used by thieves or burglars with the intent to commit a crime; or

(4)  The manufacture, ownership, possession or use of any switchblade knife, spring knife or other knife or similar instrument having a blade which may be automatically unfolded or extended from a handle by the manipulation of a button, switch or latch.

It is important to note that this crime does not apply to the following:

  • Any knife that may be opened with one hand by manual pressure applied to the blade or any projection of the blade.
  • Any knife that may be opened by means of inertia produced by the hand, wrist, or other movement, provided the knife has either a detent or other structure that provides resistance that shall be overcome in opening or initiating the opening movement of the blade or a bias or spring load toward the closed position.


The penalty for illegal carrying of weapons is a fine of not more than $500, or imprisoned for not more than 6 months, or both.

If the offense is committed with a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, the the penalty is a fine not more than $2,000, or imprisonment, with or without hard labor, for 1 to 2 years, or both.

Legal Representation

If you or a loved one is facing the charge of illegal carrying of weapons or any other weapon charge, please contact the Attorney Elizabeth B. Carpenter , a New Orleans Weapons Crime Attorney for a consultation.

You need to speak with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.  Many legal rights have time-specific deadlines and legal matters will become harder to manage successfully the longer they are left unattended.

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