Indiana Gun Laws

indiana gun laws


Indiana Gun Laws are based on the Constitutional Provision of the state that says, “The people shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the State.”

Basically, Indiana Gun Laws are similar in terms of regulations and prohibitions with most states of the nation. These laws do not require permit to purchase, registration of firearms and licensing of owners.  But like others, a permit to carry is needed for the possession of handguns in public places.

Validity of Permits Issued Under Indiana Gun Laws in Other Jurisdictions

The following states recognize permits issued under Indiana Gun Laws:

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. Colorado
  6. Florida
  7. Georgia
  8. Idaho
  9. Iowa
  10. Kansas
  11. Kentucky
  12. Louisiana
  13. Michigan
  14. Mississippi
  15. Missouri
  16. Montana
  17. New Hampshire
  18. North Carolina
  19. North Dakota
  20. Oklahoma
  21. Pennsylvania
  22. South Dakota
  23. Tennessee
  24. Texas
  25. Utah
  26. Vermont
  27. Wisconsin
  28. Wyoming

On the other hand, carry permits from these states are recognized by Indiana Gun Laws:

  1. Alabama
  2. Alaska
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas
  5. California
  6. Colorado
  7. Connecticut
  8. Delaware
  9. Florida
  10. Georgia
  11. Hawaii
  12. Idaho
  13. Iowa
  14. Kansas
  15. Kentucky
  16. Louisiana
  17. Maine
  18. Maryland
  19. Massachusetts
  20. Michigan
  21. Minnesota
  22. Mississippi
  23. Missouri
  24. Montana
  25. Nebraska
  26. Nevada
  27. New Hampshire
  28. New Jersey
  29. New Mexico
  30. New York
  31. North Carolina
  32. North Dakota
  33. Ohio
  34. Oklahoma
  35. Oregon
  36. Pennsylvania
  37. Rhode Island
  38. South Carolina
  39. South Dakota
  40. Tennessee
  41. Texas
  42. Utah
  43. Virginia
  44. Washington
  45. West Virginia
  46. Wisconsin
  47. Wyoming

Rules and Restrictions Provided by Indiana Gun Laws

Here are the standards and prohibitions stated by Indiana Gun Laws:

1. It is illegal to transfer or sell a gun to a person under 18 years old unless the gun is from the minor’s parent or legal guardian.

2. Gun dealers must comply with federal rules requiring NICS or background check prior to a transfer, sale or lease of a gun.

3. A person convicted of a felony, proven as controlled substance abuser or mentally impaired is not allowed to purchase a gun.

4. Exempted from the instant check are law enforcement officers and Indiana concealed carry license holders. Dealings between licensed firearm importers, collectors, manufacturers or dealers are also excluded. However, special instances may still make the rule enforceable to some of the mentioned individuals.

5. A child is only permitted to possess a gun when within a real property under the control of his legal guardian, adult member of his family or parents. This also applies when he has the permission of his parents, adult family member or guardian. In addition, this is allowed when the child is attending gun safety training, licensed hunter training, target shooting in a state-recognized facility, competition acknowledged by local and federal authorities, lawfully hunting, or travelling within the areas mentioned. It should be reminded though that all activities in the said areas still require adult supervision.

6. A firearm is not allowed within school grounds, school activities and school-owned vehicles. The exemptions to this are the people who are legally allowed to possess a firearm in such places or a person transporting another to and from the school or to a school activity.

7. Carrying a handgun requires a permit. However, a person is exempted from this provision if he is carrying a firearm in his legal dwelling place, own business establishment, personal property or another’s property with the owner’s permission. The exemption similarly applies to all people expressly authorized by federal or Indiana Gun Laws to carry firearms like law enforcement officials, members of the US Armed Forces and gun dealers during the course of their duties or business.

8. Machine guns or sawed off shotguns can only be possessed or carried by individuals who are members of the Armed Forces, members of approved government law enforcement agencies, collectors authorized by law or people who have duly registered their machine gun or shotguns under federal or Indiana Gun Laws.

Requirements for a Permit to Carry

The issuance of a permit to carry is through the discretion of the chief law enforcement officer or sheriff of the county where the residence, employment or place of business of the applicant is located. Depending on the nature or conditions of the application, the permit may last four years or for a lifetime. The applicant, who should be at least 18 years old, is required to submit documents verifying his identity, fill up forms provided by the issuing party, supply fingerprints, undergo investigation that would prove his good character and pay the necessary fees. It should be noted as well that the applicant should not have the disqualification factors brought about by conviction of felony, adjudication as a delinquent minor for acts that would constitute felony if committed as an adult and the other elements that prevents a person from possessing a gun.


Indiana Gun Laws expressly state that no government unit can regulate the ownership, possession, sale, transfer or transportation of firearms or ammunitions.

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