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Indiana Gun Laws

Indiana has fairly permissive gun laws. The state does not enforce Universal Background Checks, and has almost no restrictions on hardware or ammunition. Local governments cannot independently regulate firearms laws in ways that conflict with state law, ensuring the protection of Indiana citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights. Indiana is a ‘shall issue’ state. This makes obtaining a concealed carry license a straightforward process. Compared to most states in the nation, Indiana is very gun-friendly.

Indiana Gun Laws at a Glance

Concealed Carry Premit Required Yes
Open Carry Premitted Yes
Waiting period before purchasing No
Lost and Stolen Firearm Reporting No
Firearms License Required for Purchasing No
Universal Background Check No
Firearm Registration Not required
Large Capacity Magazine Ban No

Firearm License Requirements

Indiana has no laws requiring gun purchasers to obtain a license.

Background Checks

Indiana law requires dealers to conduct a background check by contacting the FBI directly, prior to transferring a handgun. Although Indiana does not require a background check prior to the purchase of a long gun from a licensed dealer, federal law states that dealers must initiate a background check prior to the transfer of any gun. Indiana does not require private sellers of firearms to initiate a background check.

Gun Shows

Retailers may sell, display, or transfer guns at a gun show in accordance with state law.

Indiana uses the federal definition of a gun show. Any function sponsored by any national, state, or local organization, devoted to the collection, competitive use, or other sporting use of firearms, or an organization or association that sponsors functions devoted to the collection, competitive use, or other sporting use of firearms in the community.

Hardware and Ammunition Restrictions

Hardware Restrictions
Assault Weapons No restrictions.
50 Caliber Rifles No restrictions.
Machine Guns Indiana law prohibits anyone from owning or operating a machine gun.
Large Capacity Magazines Not restricted.
Ammunition Indiana prohibits all types of armor-piercing ammunition.

Prohibited Persons

Indiana prohibits people from possessing firearms if they have been convicted of domestic battery or of a serious violent felony, which includes any violent conduct that:

  • Results in serious bodily injury
  • Involves battery with a deadly weapon
  • Involves stalking with credible threats of bodily injury or death

There are many violent felonies which, if convicted of, a person may still possess a firearm under Indiana law. These include:

  • Violent conduct resulting in ‘moderate bodily injury’
  • Intentional strangulation
  • Threatening violence, even while wielding a deadly weapon
  • Shooting into an inhabited building

Indiana also prohibits people from owning firearms who have been determined in court to be a danger to self or others. Unlawful aliens are also prohibited from possessing firearms.

Prohibited Places

Location Restrictions Exceptions
Vehicles If you do not have the proper permit, you cannot carry a loaded handgun in any vehicle Handguns are permitted in vehicles with a valid concealed carry license. Without a concealed carry license, the handgun must be unloaded and locked in an enclosed case.
Public Courthouses Prohibited, even with a concealed carry permit. None.
Locations and events selling alcohol Permitted. None.

Concealed Carry Laws

Notify Officer Not required
“No Gun” Signs Not Enforced
In-Vehicle Carry Permitted
Restaurant Carry Permitted
State Park Carry Permitted
While Hunting Permitted

Obtaining a Concealed Carry License

Indiana is a “shall issue” state. This means that the governing body must issue a concealed carry permit to a given applicant if certain qualifications are met.

Requirements for a Concealed Carry License
To obtain a concealed carry license in Indiana, the applicant must:
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a “proper reason” to carry a handgun (this can include self-defense)
  • Be of good character and reputation
  • Be a citizen of the United States, or a non-citizen permitted to carry a firearm under federal law
An applicant must also be a “proper person” to be licensed, which is someone who does:
  • Not have a conviction for resisting law enforcement in the prior 5 years
  • Not have a conviction for a crime for which the sentence can be more than one year
  • Not have a conviction for a crime of domestic violence
  • Not be prohibited by a court order from possessing a handgun
  • Not have a record that includes drug or alcohol abuse
  • Not have documented evidence to suggest that the person may be violent or emotionally unstable
  • Not make a false statement on the application
  • Not have been convicted of any crimes involving the irresponsible handling of a handgun
  • Not have a conviction for a violation of the provisions of Article 47 in the prior 5 years
  • Not have committed a crime as a delinquent child that would be a felony if committed by an adult
  • Not have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution other than a temporary commitment for observation
  • Not have been the subject of a 90-day commitment or regular commitment
  • Not have been found to be mentally incompetent by a court
  • Not have been convicted of a felony
  • Not have been arrested for a Class A or Class B felony that was committed while armed with a deadly weapon or that involved any use of violence
  • Not have a suspended handgun license

Concealed Carry Firearms Training

Indiana does not require any firearms training to obtain a concealed carry permit.

Concealed Carry Location Restrictions

Even with a proper and valid concealed carry license, you may not carry firearms:

  • In schools or on school buses, except if you have been authorized by school administration
  • In child care institutions overseen by Child Welfare Services
  • At the Indiana State Fair
  • At the Indiana State Government Center Campus
  • At the Department of Workforce Development
  • At airport or in aircraft
  • At horse tracks
  • At any shipping ports controlled by the Indiana Port Commission
  • On riverboat casinos
  • In some courtrooms

Disclaimer: The information provided here is not to be construed as legal advice or acted upon as if it is legal advice: it is provided for informational and entertainment purposes only. While we strive to provide accurate, up-to-date content, we cannot guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or currency of the information. Gun laws can change frequently, especially at the state and local levels. Application of gun laws can be unique to an individual’s situation. We recommend that each individual consult with a competent and qualified legal professional before purchasing, transporting, or using any firearm or firearm-related product.