Indiana Gun Law Summary

      Rifles and
    Shotguns Handguns

    Permit to Purchase No No
    Registration of Firearms No No
    Licensing of Owners No No
    Permit to Carry No Yes

    “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 
    child is:
    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 
    of Indiana. 
    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 

    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.

    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- 
    47-11; 36-10-3-39