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Louisiana State NFA Rules and Allowable NFA Items

Louisiana is a state that respects the right of gun owners to own all types of firearms, including NFA weapons. In Louisiana, all NFA items are legal to possess if they are registered in accordance to federal law. In addition, hunting with a suppressor became legal as of August 1, 2014.

Possession of NFA Items:

§1751. Definitions For purposes of this Part, "machine gun" includes all firearms of any calibre, commonly known as machine rifles, machine guns, and sub-machine guns, capable of automatically discharging more than eight cartridges successively without reloading, in which the ammunition is fed to the gun from or by means of clips, disks, belts, or some other separable mechanical device. "Manufacturer" includes all persons manufacturing machine guns; "Merchant" includes all persons dealing with machine guns as merchandise. §1752. Handling of machine guns unlawful; exceptions No person shall sell, keep or offer for sale, loan or give away, purchase, possess, carry, or transport any machine gun within this state, except that: (1) All duly appointed peace officers may purchase, possess, carry, and transport machine guns. (2) This Part does not apply to the Army, Navy, or Marine Corps of the United States, the National Guard, and organizations authorized by law to purchase or receive machine guns from the United States or from this state. The members of such Corps, National Guard, and organizations may possess, carry, and transport machine guns while on duty. (3) Persons possessing war relics may purchase and possess machine guns which are relics of any war in which the United States was involved, may exhibit and carry the machine guns in the parades of any military organization, and may sell, offer to sell, loan, or give the machine guns to other persons possessing war relics. (4) Guards or messengers employed by common carriers, banks, and trust companies, and pay-roll guards or messengers may possess and carry machine guns while actually employed in and about the shipment, transportation, or delivery, or in the guarding of any money, treasure, bullion, bonds, or other thing of value. Their employers may purchase or receive machine guns and keep them in their possession when the guns are not being used by their guards or messengers. (5) Manufacturers and merchants may sell, keep or offer for sale, loan or give away, purchase, possess, and transport machine guns in the same manner as other merchandise except as otherwise provided in this Part. Common carriers may possess and transport unloaded machine guns as other merchandise. §1782. Exemptions from Part This Part does not apply to the following persons and things: (1) Sheriffs or equivalent municipal officers in municipalities of over ten thousand, when they are acting in their official capacity. (2) The arms, accoutrements, and equipment of the military and naval forces of the United States or of other officers of the United States authorized by law to possess weapons of any kind. (3) The arms, accoutrements, and equipment of the militia. (4) Any firearm which is unserviceable and which is transferred as a curiosity or ornament. Hunting with a Suppressor: HOUSE BILL NO. 186 (Effective August 1, 2014) B. No person shall do any of the following: (3) Take or kill any game bird or wild quadruped with a firearm fitted with any device to deaden or silence the sound of the discharge thereof.

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