Louisiana Knife Laws


Louisiana recently became more lenient in regard to conceal-carrying knives.  As of August 1, 2022, there are no restrictions on concealing and carrying a switchblade or other automatic knife.  This means that, aside from restrictions prohibiting the carrying of knives to school, you can own any knife in Louisiana and carry it how you see fit.

However, some cities have their own ordinances that might prohibit you from carrying certain knives.  Always check the local law in Louisiana to see if it’s okay to carry it either openly or concealed.

What Kinds of Knives are Legal in Louisiana?

Louisiana doesn’t restrict the kind of knife you can own.  All knives are legal and, as of 2022, all forms of carrying knives are legal.

  • You can own any knife including switchblades and other automatics
  • You can carry all knives openly or concealed on your person

Louisiana is quite lenient with cities being allowed to write their own ordinances, however, so you should always check the local laws to avoid trouble.

What Kinds of Knives are Illegal in Louisiana?

There are no restrictions on the kind of knife you can own.  That being said:

  • Don’t bring your knife to school, carry it on the bus, or bring it to a school function
  • Check your local ordinances because even if the state says something is fine, the city might have different opinions
  • Don’t commit or be convicted of felonies (I’m not going to pretend the justice system only convicts the guilty) or you may have trouble with your knife rights

Relevant Statutes

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