mark edward marchiafava wrote:The next step I would take is to contact the Louisiana State Troopers and ask them what their policy is regarding open carry of a firearm. They might tell you it's illegal, that they will detain and/or arrest you, etc. Do not argue with the guy; ask to speak to his boss and if he repeats it, file a complaint, but if all this happens, consider it in your decision to OC.The first place I always suggest is the state constitution, as it is the supreme law of the state. Article 1 sec 11, clearly guarantees the right to bear arms, not merely KEEP arms, as was the case in the recent Heller decision that the supreme court ruled on.
The exercise of a right cannot be subject to a licensing scheme.
If you check Louisiana revised statutes, 14:95, you can read what constitutes "illegal carrying of a firearm." There are other laws in title 40 that address restrictions placed upon persons carrying CONCEALED weapons, but that doesn't apply to open carry.This should be a good start.
Louisiana State law says that it is legal to openly carry a firearm in the state, and that no NEW laws may be passed to restrict that right. HOWEVER, there are enforceable local ordinances that were grandfathered in, and cities can still restrict carry in public buildings and some businesses. On top of all that, like I said in another thread, if an officer decides you're about to cool your heels in a holding cell, he's usually right, regardless of how soon thereafter a judge lets you walk. Louisiana does not seem to be known for being OC-friendly, especially in populated areas, and certain jurisdictions may actually have standing to be unfriendly, so check it out ffor yourself before making any assumptions.