Permit to Purchase No No
Registration of Firearms No No
Licensing of Owners No No
Permit to Carry No Yes
STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION
“The people shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense
of themselves and the State.” Article 1 Section 32.
It is generally unlawful to sell or otherwise transfer
possession of a handgun to a person under 18 except if the
gun comes from the juvenile’s parent or guardian.
It is unlawful for any person to sell or give a firearm to
any person whom he has a reasonable cause to believe has
been convicted of a felony, or is a drug abuser or under
the influence of a drug, or is an alcohol abuser or in a state
of intoxication, or is mentally incompetent.
The regulation of the sale of handguns shall apply
equally to the occasional sale, trade, or transfer between
individual persons and to retail transactions between
dealers and individual persons.
A dealer may not sell, rent, trade, or transfer a handgun
to a person until the dealer has complied with the Federal
regulations requiring a NICS/background check.
If a buyer or transferee is denied the right to purchase
a handgun because of erroneous criminal history
information, the buyer or transferee may exercise the right
of access to and review and correction of criminal history
Exempt from the instant check are law enforcement
officers; holders of an Indiana concealed carry license;
and transactions between licensed firearms importers,
collectors, firearms manufacturers or dealers. In some
No state permit is required for the possession of a
rifle, shotgun, or handgun.
It is unlawful for an adult to provide a firearm to a
child or for a child to possesses a firearm except while the
• attending a hunter safety or firearms safety course
and an adult is supervising the child during the
• target shooting at an established range or in an area
where the discharge of a firearm is not prohibited
or supervised by a qualified firearms instructor or
adult while at the range;
• engaging in an organized firearm competition or
practicing for a performance by an organized group
that uses firearms as a part of a performance;
• lawfully hunting or trapping with a license;
• traveling with an unloaded firearm to or from an
activity described in this section;
• on real property that is under the control of the
child’s parent, an adult family member, or legal
guardian and has permission from the child’s
parent or legal guardian to possess a firearm;
• at the child’s residence and has the permission of
the child’s parent, an adult family member or legal
guardian to possess a firearm.
It is unlawful to possess a firearm on school property,
property used for a school function, or a school bus. This
prohibition shall not apply to a person who may legally
possesses a firearm and possess the firearm in a motor
vehicle while transporting another person to or from
school or a school function.
No person shall carry a handgun in any vehicle or on or
about his person without a license being in his possession.
Exceptions to carrying without a license include:
• carrying in one’s dwelling; on one’s property or
fixed place of business;
• law enforcement officers and authorized
corrections and judicial officers; military personnel
while on duty; regularly enrolled members of any
organization authorized to purchase or receive
weapons from the U.S. or from Indiana while they
are at or going to or from their place of assembly
or target practice;
• employees of the U.S. duly authorized to carry
handguns; express company employees when
engaged in company business;
• persons engaged in the firearms business in the
usual or ordinary course of that business;
• or any person while carrying a handgun unloaded
and in a secure wrapper from the place of purchase
to their home or business or to and from a place
of repair or in moving from one place of abode or
business to another.
An application for a license to carry a handgun
must be made to the chief law enforcement officer of
the municipality where the applicant resides, or to the
sheriff of the county where the applicant resides or has a
regular place of business or employment. The application
contains identifying information on the applicant such
as: name, address, length of residence in the community,
occupation, age, race, nationality, any criminal record,
height and weight, and reason for desiring a license. The
officer to whom the application is made shall conduct
an investigation into the applicant’s official records
and verify his character, reputation, and information
contained in the application. The information together
with his recommendation and one set of fingerprints are
forwarded to the Indiana State Police Superintendent. The
superintendent may make whatever further investigation
he deems necessary. If it appears to the superintendent
that the applicant has a proper reason for carrying a
handgun and is of good character and reputation and a
“proper person” to be so licensed, he shall issue either a
qualified or an unlimited license to carry any handgun
lawfully possessed by the applicant.
Licenses to carry handguns shall be either qualified
or unlimited and are valid for 4 years or for the lifetime
of the individual receiving the license. Proper reasons
for a qualified license are hunting and target practice.
Unlimited licenses shall be issued for the purpose of
protection of life and property. The superintendent may
adopt rules imposing limitations on the use and carrying
of handguns by a license holder who carries a handgun as
a condition of his employment.
The term “proper person” includes a person :
• who is 18 and has not been convicted of a crime
which carries a sentence in excess of 1 year;
• who is not a drug or alcohol abuser, does not
have a reputation or propensity for violence or
• who has not made a false statement of material
fact on his application;
• does not have a conviction for resisting law
enforcement or of violating Indiana’s weapon
laws within 5 years of the application; and
• does not have an adjudication as a delinquent child
for an act that would be a felony if committed by
an adult if the applicant is less that 23.
Reputation and propensity may be established without
necessarily showing a violation of the law resulting in a
conviction. An arrest for a Class A or Class B felony, or
other felony that was committed while armed or involved
violence, may be used to deny a license even if there was
no conviction, if the court has found probable cause to
believe that the person committed the offense.
Every initial application will be granted or
rejected within sixty days by the Indiana State Police
Superintendent. Renewal of an existing license may
be filed 365 days before the expiration of the existing
license. An application for renewal filed within thirty
days of expiration automatically extends the existing
license until the application for renewal has been decided.
If an application for a license to carry has been denied,
a request for a hearing before the superintendent may
be made. Should the denial be upheld at the hearing, an
appeal may be taken to the circuit court.
The application fees consist of separate local and
state fees. The fees for a four-year unlimited (Personal
Protection) license is $10 local and $30 state. The fee
for a four-year qualified (Hunting and Target) license for
hunting and target practice is $10 local and $5 state. A
person applying for a lifetime Personal Protection license
who does not currently possess a valid license, a $50 local
and a $75 state fee is required, $30 of which shall be
refunded if the license is not issued. A person applying
for a lifetime Personal Protection license who currently
possesses a valid license, a $40 local and $60 state fee is
required, $30 of which shall be refunded if the license is
not issued. The lifetime Hunting and Target license fees
are $50 local and $25 state if the applicant does not have
a current valid license. With a current valid license, the
fees are $40 local and $20 state for the lifetime Hunting
and Target license. Honorably retired state and U.S. law
enforcement officers with an equivalent 20 years of service
or those retired with a disability pay no fees.
The superintendent shall have the authority
to suspend at any time any license issued upon having
reasonable grounds to believe that the person’s license
should be suspended or revoked.
Licenses to carry handguns, issued by other states
or foreign countries, will be recognized according to the
terms thereof but only while the holders are not residents
With the exceptions of limitations on carrying during
game seasons, state law is silent on the issue of carrying
rifles and shotguns.
Prohibits a person, including an individual,
corporation, and a government entity, from adopting
or enforcing a rule that prohibits an employee of the
person from legally possessing a firearm or ammunition
that is locked in the trunk of an employee’s vehicle while
the person’s vehicle is on the person’s property, unless
the firearm or ammunition requires a federal license to
ANTIQUES AND REPLICAS
The chapter of Indiana’s code concerning regulation
of handguns does not apply to any firearm not designed to
use fixed cartridges or fixed ammunition, or any firearm
made in or before 1899. Inoperable handguns cannot be
carried as they meet the definition of a handgun.
MACHINE GUNS AND SAWED-OFF SHOTGUNS
The following persons may possess machine guns:
members of the armed forces, approved government
agencies and law enforcement while on duty; machine
guns kept as relics for display that are harmless and
unusable; persons possessing or having applied to possess
machine guns under applicable U.S. statutes as long as
said machine guns are transferred in compliance with
Indiana law; and persons engaged in a business that
involves machine guns while or when acting within the
scope of and in furtherance of such business.
It is unlawful to manufacture, import, sell, give, lend,
or possess a sawed-off shotgun. This does not apply to
law enforcement officers acting in their official duties
or persons, who manufacture, import, or sell sawed-off
shotguns to law enforcement agencies.
Local government, with a few exceptions, may not
regulate the ownership, possession, sale, transfer, or transportation of firearms or ammunition.
Information submitted by a person to obtain or renew
a license to carry a handgun is to be confidential, may not
be published, and is not open to public inspection unless the federal, state, or local government entity is in the
course of investigation concerning a person who applied
to obtain or renew their license to carry a handgun.
No person shall make any loan secured by a mortgage,
deposit, or pledge of a handgun.
No person shall change, alter, remove, or obliterate
the name of the maker, model, manufacturer’s serial number, or other mark of identification on any handgun, or
possess such handgun, except as provided by applicable
United States statute.
It is a felony to recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally
perform an act creating a substantial risk of bodily injury or to Inflict bodily Injury while armed with a deadly
weapon. It is a felony to haze another person while armed
with a deadly weapon. It is a felony to riot while armed
with a deadly weapon.
It is unlawful to possess, transfer or manufacture
handgun ammunition “that has a metal core and an outer
coating of plastic.” This does not apply to nylon-coated
ammunition, plastic shot capsules, or ammunition designed to be used in rifles or shotguns. Law enforcement
officers acting in the course of their official duties or persons who manufacture, import, or sell such ammunition
to law enforcement agencies are excepted.
It is unlawful to shoot upon or across a road.
Unless designated as a hunting, firearm sport, or archery area, it is unlawful to discharge a firearm inside a
park that falls within the jurisdiction of a county board.
A person shall not operate an “off road vehicle” or a
snowmobile while transporting a firearm, unless unloaded
and securely encased or equipped with and made inoperative by a key lock trigger housing mechanism.
A student who is in possession of a firearm upon
school property must be expelled.
Subject to certain narrow exceptions, no person may
bring an action against a firearms or ammunition manufacturer, trade association or seller for recovery of damages, injunctive relief or abatement of nuisance relating
to the lawful design, manufacture, marketing or sale of a
firearm or ammunition, or for recovery of damages resulting from the criminal or unlawful misuse of a firearm or
ammunition by a third party.
SOURCES: IC 10-14-3-12; 14- 22- 6-9; 14-22-6-10; 14-16-1- 23; 20-8.1-
5.1- 10; 34-12-3-3; 35 42-2-1; 35-45-1.2; 35-47-1; 35- 47-2; 35- 47-3;
35- 47-4; 35- 47-5; 35- 47-6; 35- 47-7; 35- 47-8; 35- 47-9; 35- 47-10; 35-