Updated on January 28th, 2021
The Louisiana firearm (gun) bill of sale form is a commonly used formality that chronicles the sale or trade of a firearm. Details specific to the particular exchange are transcribed to the document creating an isolated record of the event. Some of the requested information includes; both parties’ basic contact info, gun characteristics, and a transaction report. Once completed, participants should sign the document in the presence of a reviewing official who can notarize the contract for verification purposes.
Although the state provides an Application to Transfer a Firearm, the form does not contain an area to include the sales price (unlike the bill of sale). This is valuable information to have on file, so you may want to consider executing both documents to have them on record.
How to Register
The code of law within the state of Louisiana does not stipulate that residents have to register their firearms with the local government (although the state’s website does provide an Application to Register a Firearm). Minimal requirements are imposed and a permit/license is only necessary if someone would like to gain the privilege of carrying a concealed handgun within city limits (not including prohibited areas). The CHP (Concealed Handgun Permit) also enables holders to carry in other states that concord with Louisiana’s reciprocity.
How to Obtain a Concealed Carry Permit
The right to carry a concealed handgun requires individuals to submit to the LSP’s (Louisiana State Police) application procedure. Residents who are 21 and older must take the following steps in order to acquire a CHP:
- Find out if you meet the necessary qualifications to procure a CHP, stipulated in R.S. 40 § 1379.3(C).
- You may either apply online or fill out a physical copy of the Concealed Handgun Permit Application (must have the form notarized).
- Attach a copy of your driver’s license or state ID to the application.
- Supply 2 sets of completed “FBI Applicant Fingerprint Cards” (you may achieve this by visiting your local police/sheriff’s department and having an authorized agent perform a fingerprint scan).
- Provide verification that you have enrolled in and completed a handgun training course that meets the criteria necessary to attain a CHP (must be taught by a certified instructor).
- If applicable, furnish paperwork related to any arrest dispositions and/or divorce decrees.
- If the applicant has any notable medical issues, they must have their doctor (who is treating the condition) execute a Medical Summary & Disposition Form to include with the application.
- Preparation of funds to pay any fees charged while applying. Acceptable forms of payment include; check (certified or cashier’s) or money order. Following fees may be applicable:
- 45-day temporary permit – $25.00
- 5-year permit for applicants who are 21 to 64 years of age – $125.00
- 5-year permit for applicants who are 65 years of age or older – $62.50
- Lifetime permit for applicants who are 21 to 64 years of age – $500.00
- Lifetime permit for applicants who are 65 years of age or older – $250.00
- First-time applicants who have not lived within the state of Louisiana for a minimum of 15 years prior to submitting their application are subject to an extra charge of $50.00 (non-redeemable).
- Fingerprinting – $10.00 (payable by credit/debit card or money order)
All documentation must be collected and sent to:
Louisiana State Police
Concealed Handgun Permit Unit
PO Box 66375
Baton Rouge, LA 70896
The waiting period to find out whether or not you were approved for a CHP will vary depending on the volume of applications the department has to process. If approved, individuals who purchased the 5-year plan will receive a letter 120 days preceding their permit’s expiration. Lifetime permit holders will never have to renew their license but are obligated to take a firearms refresher course every 5 years, in congruence with R.S. 40 § 1379.3(V).
How to Write
Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF.
Step 2 – Participants in the Transaction – Both parties partaking in the sale or trade must come together and provide the necessary information that is demanded within the form:
- Mailing Address
- Driver’s License Number
- Mailing Address
- Driver’s License Number
Step 3 – Firearm Details – It is vital that the individuals filling out the form provide a description of the gun being transferred by inputting the requested information:
- Serial Number
Step 4 – Sale/Trade Data – Users must supply the desired information relating to the transaction into the appropriate spaces:
- Monetary Value of the Exchange in Dollars (in word and numerical form)
- Date of the Sale or Trade (month, day, year)
- If trade, select the box provided and write a summary explaining how the transaction is to occur.
Step 5 – Disclosure Portion – Read the statements made within your designated section, if you coincide with each proclamation, sign below on the indicated line.
Step 6 – The Signing – Each party shall then provide their name and signature on the proper lines. It is recommended that 2 witnesses and a notary public view the transferor and transferee signing the document. The witnesses will then provide their names and signatures and the official will execute the notarial sections.