Title 14. Criminal Law
Chapter 1. Criminal Code
Part VI. Offenses Affecting the Public Generally
Subpart A. Offenses Affecting the Public Safety
1. Illegal Carrying and Discharge of Weapons
14:95.9 Wearing or possessing body armor, by a student or nonstudent on school property, at school-sponsored functions, or in firearm-free zones; exceptions
A. Wearing or possessing body armor, by a student or nonstudent on school property, at a school-sponsored function, or in a firearm-free zone is unlawful and shall be defined as wearing or possessing of body armor, on one’s person, at any time while on a school campus, on school transportation, or at any school-sponsored function in a specific designated area including but not limited to athletic competitions, dances, parties, or any extracurricular activities, or within one thousand feet of any school campus.
B. For purposes of this Section, the following words have the following meanings:
(1) “Body armor” shall mean bullet-resistant metal or other material intended to provide protection from weapons or bodily injury.
(2) “Campus” means all facilities and property within the boundary of the school property.
(3) “Nonstudent” means any person not registered and enrolled in that school or a suspended student who does not have permission to be on the school campus.
(4) “School” means any elementary, secondary, high school, vocational-technical school, college, or university in this state.
(5) “School bus” means any motor bus being used to transport children to and from school or in connection with school activities.
C. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to:
(1) A federal, state, or local law enforcement officer in the performance of his official duties.
(2) A school official or employee acting during the normal course of his employment or a student acting under the direction of such school official or employee.
(3) A person who has notified the school principal or chancellor in writing at least twenty-four hours prior to wearing body armor.
(4) The wearing or possessing of body armor occurring within one thousand feet of school property and entirely on private property, or entirely within a private residence, or in accordance with a concealed handgun permit issued pursuant to R.S. 40:1379.1.
(5) Any constitutionally protected activity which cannot be regulated by the state, such as body armor contained entirely within a motor vehicle.
(6) Any student wearing or possessing body armor to or from a class, in which he is duly enrolled, that requires the use of the body armor in the class.
(7) A student enrolled or participating in an activity requiring the use of body armor.
(8) A student wearing, carrying, or possessing a backpack on school property or a school bus that has bullet-resistant metal or other material intended to provide protection from weapons or bodily injury.
D. Whoever commits the crime of wearing or possessing body armor by a student or nonstudent on school property, at a school-sponsored function, or in a firearm-free zone shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars, or imprisoned, without hard labor, for not less than six months nor more than one year, or both.
E. Lack of knowledge that the prohibited act occurred on or within one thousand feet of school property shall not be a defense.
F. (1) School officials shall notify all students and parents of the impact of this legislation and shall post notices of the impact of this Section at each major point of entry to the school. These notices shall be maintained as permanent notices.
(2) If a student is detained by the principal or other school official for violation of this Section or the school principal or other school official confiscates or seizes body armor from a student while upon school property, at a school function, or on a school bus, the principal or other school official in charge at the time of the detention or seizure shall immediately report the detention or seizure to the police department or sheriff’s department where the school is located and shall deliver any body armor seized to that agency.
(3) If a student is detained pursuant to Paragraph (2) of this Subsection for wearing or possessing body armor on campus, the principal shall immediately notify the student’s parents.
G. Any principal or school official in charge who fails to report the detention of a student or the seizure of body armor to a law enforcement agency as required by Paragraph (F)(2) of this Section within seventy-two hours of notice of the detention or seizure may be issued a misdemeanor summons for a violation of this Section and may be fined not more than five hundred dollars or sentenced to not more than forty hours of community service, or both. Upon successful completion of the community service or payment of the fine, or both, the arrest and conviction shall be set aside as provided for in Code of Criminal Procedure Article 894(B).
Added by Acts 2008, No. 747, § 1. Amended by Acts 2018, No. 523, § 1, eff. May 23, 2018.