Over 1.2 million Louisiana residents experience intimate partner violence in their lifetimes. Fortunately, many victims survive these traumatic events; however, many will die as a result of domestic violence related murders. Although Louisiana doesn’t publicly report domestic violence or intimate partner-related fatality statistics including mechanism of death, evidence suggests firearms are a significant contributing factor. An abuser’s access to firearms can determine a victim’s chances of survival; domestic violence firearm prohibitions and removal laws save lives.
Louisiana prohibits possession of firearms by persons convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence for ten years following the date of completion of sentence, probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. Louisiana also prohibits possession of firearms by persons subject to certain final protective orders. Louisiana does not require removal of firearms or ammunition from subjects of any protective orders.