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Car carry in Louisiana and Mississippi

Discussion in 'Legal' started by repsychler, Mar 21, 2007.

  1. repsychler

    repsychler Well-Known Member

    Over the Easter holiday I'm going to be driving from Texas to Mississippi. I don't have a carry license, but I can have a gun in my car in Texas. What about LA and MS?
    According to packing.org it should be OK:
    Any LA or MS residents want to give me the straight scoop on what would happen on the odd chance that Johnny Law finds out about it? Would it be different in NOLA vs more rural areas?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. JWarren

    JWarren Well-Known Member

    I am no lawyer, and I'd suggest you do some research.

    These sites can help you:

    For Mississippi:


    For Louisana:


    Basically, Louisana had practically nothing to say. However, every one I know there understands that thier vehicle is an extension of the home and carry a firearm in the vehicle.

  3. Malone LaVeigh

    Malone LaVeigh Well-Known Member

    Furthermore, one of the legal defenses expressly allowed for concealed carry without a permit in Mississippi is: (language not exact here) "while traveling or preparing to travel."
  4. wdlsguy

    wdlsguy Well-Known Member

    You should get one. That way you don't have to rely on Texas' murky "traveling" defense. Also, Louisiana and Mississippi honor a Texas CHL.
  5. 45crittergitter

    45crittergitter Well-Known Member

    In MS, if you are over 18, not otherwise prohibited from having a gun, and not under the influence or committing another crime, it is completely legal to have a gun in your car, concealed or not, loaded or not. The only exceptions would be on the Natchez Trace (National Park), other National Parks (Vicksburg Military Park, etc.), or possibly on school camupses, or posted private property.

    The "traveling defense" is weak (and now unnecessary). That statute only creates a defense to be introduced AFTER you get to court, and does not create an exemption. The judge may or may not recognize the defense. Again, it's unnecessary for the most part, and is a leftover from before the law allowed adults to carry in cars without permits.
  6. Max Beep

    Max Beep Well-Known Member


    Packing.org has a lot of information on what is legal in the different states as it pertains to ccw and reciprocity between states.
  7. trueblue1776

    trueblue1776 Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't worry about it, at all. Everybody carries a gun down here.
  8. XavierBreath

    XavierBreath Well-Known Member

    In Louisiana, a vehicle that you own is considered to be an extension of your home. If you own the vehicle, and are able to legally own the firearm, you may carry it in any condition, loaded or not, hidden or not, inside your automobile. The one place that you cannot carry it is concealed on your person, unless you have a valid Louisiana CCW license or one with reciprocity.

    That being said, be careful on Interstate 10. Many out of state cars are pulled over on I-10. If the officer asks if you are armed, you should tell him. If you do have a valid CCW license or one with reciprocity, you have a duty to inform as soon as the officer greets you.
  9. Dead

    Dead Well-Known Member

    What is the law on open carry in LA? Specifically when one is NOT on their own property but in the public domain?
  10. LostCajun

    LostCajun Member

    Open Carry in LA

    Dead: Open Carry is legal, but not smart.
  11. Phaetos

    Phaetos Well-Known Member

    La. statutes say that you MUST inform the officer. State law.
  12. XavierBreath

    XavierBreath Well-Known Member

    I am unaware of this La. statute. Can you cite it for me?

    It is my understanding that the duty to inform only exists if the weapon is concealed on your person, not within your vehicle. Thus if the weapon is concealed within your vehicle, but not on your person, and if the officer does not ask, the duty to inform does not exist.

    If there is a duty to inform under these circumstances, and a Louisiana statute stating such, please provide a link. I would hate to be wrong on this.
  13. Nio

    Nio Well-Known Member

    Louisiana: The duty to inform is only if you are concealed carry - even inside the car. If the gun is in the glove box or center concole, you do not have to inform. A car is an extention of your home in Louisiana. We have both the castle doctrine and what is known as the 'shoot the carjacker' law. If you do shoot a carjacker, though, the magic words are, "He/she tried to enter the vehicle." Make sure you say that.

    Mississippi: You are allowed to carry in the car, but I don't know what the duty to inform is. I've never had trouble.

    (New Orleans)
  14. Phaetos

    Phaetos Well-Known Member

    Xavier, I was refering to the statement about CCW. If it is concealed on your person when stopped, you must inform.
  15. XavierBreath

    XavierBreath Well-Known Member

    So we agree. The OP stated he did not possess a CCW license. Good deal!

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