Indiana Gun Laws

Indiana gun laws allow a License to Carry to be issued to residents and non-residents. There are two types of licenses available, a limited term and unlimited lifetime license. Non-residents can only obtain the four year limited license and they will normally be required to have a business or property in Indiana. Residents or persons in the military who are stationed in Indiana can obtain the lifetime license. The minimum age for applicants is 18 years or older. Indiana is a “Shall Issue” state.

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Indiana CCW Quick Facts

Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted SEE DETAILS
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO
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Indiana License to Carry

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Must be resident of Indiana for lifetime license – (non-residents can get the 4 year license).
  • Is a proper person IC35-47-1-7
    “Proper person” means a person who:
    1. does not have a conviction for resisting law enforcement under IC 35-44.1-3-1 within five (5) years before the person applies for a license or permit under this chapter;
    2. does not have a conviction for a crime for which the person could have been sentenced for more than one (1) year;
    3. does not have a conviction for a crime of domestic violence – Indiana Code 2015 (as defined in IC 35-31.5-2-78), unless a court has restored the person’s right to possess a firearm under IC 35-47-4-7;
    4. is not prohibited by a court order from possessing a handgun;
    5. does not have a record of being an alcohol or drug abuser as
    6. does not have documented evidence which would give rise to a reasonable belief that the person has a propensity for violent or emotionally unstable conduct;
    7. does not make a false statement of material fact on the persons application;
    8. does not have a conviction for any crime involving an inability to safely handle a handgun;
    9. does not have a conviction for violation of the provisions of this article within five (5) years of the person’s application;
    10. does not have an adjudication as a delinquent child for an act that would be a felony if committed by an adult, if the person applying for a license or permit under this chapter is less than twenty-three (23) years of age;
    11. has not been involuntarily committed, other than a temporary commitment for observation or evaluation, to a mental institution by a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority;
    12. has not been the subject of a:
      • (A) ninety (90) day commitment as a result of proceeding under IC 12-26-6; or
      • (B) regular commitment under IC 12-26-7; or
    13. has not been found by a court to be mentally incompetent, including being found:
      • (A) not guilty by reason of insanity;
      • (B) guilty but mentally ill; or
      • (C) incompetent to stand trial.
  • Federal Law Requirements

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    How Reciprocity Works in Indiana

    All valid out of state concealed carry licenses are honored by Indiana.
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    Indiana Handgun License Forms

    Forms are no longer available

    All applications, renewals, name or address changes must now be made online.

    Pointers: Indiana Handgun Laws

    Indiana: Places Off-Limits for CCW

    Places Off-Limits in Indiana

    • In or On School Property - (locked in a vehicle is OK).
    • On a school bus
    • In or on property that is being used by a school for a school function
    • Private School, Head Start, Preschool program
    • On commercial or charter aircraft
    • Controlled access areas of an airport
    • During annual State Fair
    • Shipping port (Controlled by Indiana Port Commission)
    • A riverboat Casino
    • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

    Places Allowed in Indiana

    • State parks
    • State and national forests
    • Road side rest areas
    • Vehicle
    • If you are transporting a person to or from a school or a school function
    • All areas of the state - except those listed as Off-Limits

    Indiana Handgun Laws To Know

    YES/NO - Without a permit

    If you do not have a permit/license then you cannot carry a loaded handgun in any vehicle, unless the firearm is unloaded, not accessible and secured in a case.

    If you have a CCW license then you can carry a loaded concealed handgun in a vehicle.

    The Law
    IC 35.47.2.1

    NO - Without a permit
    YES - With a permit

    Open carry is legal in Indiana if you have a license to carry. The carry license is valid for open, concealed, and locked case carry.

    NO - Must Inform Officer

    There is nothing in Indiana gun laws that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. You are legally required to carry your permit at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.

    The Law
    IC 35.47.2.1

    NO
    “No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Indiana gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits.

    GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons" sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

    YES

    It is legal to carry in the following areas;

    State Parks:    YES    Except "Falls of the Ohio" State Park.
    State/National Forests:    YES
    State Wildlife Management Areas:    YES
    Road Side Rest Areas:   YES      

    The Law
    DNR Admin Rule 312 IAC 8.2.3

    YES
    "Yes" or "No" states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with "NO GUN" signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a "Yes" then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.

    NO

    “No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Indiana gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits.

    GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons" sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

    NO
    Indiana does not have Constitutional Carry.

    Indiana Gun Sales & Preemption

    Private Gun Sales in Indiana

    There is no requirement in Indiana for background checks on private gun sales. It is illegal to sell a firearm to a person that is under the age of 18 or anyone who abuses drugs or alcohol.

    Preemption in Indiana

    State preemption of local gun laws took effect in 2011. Local authorities are not permitted to regulate firearms in anyway.

    IC 35.47.11.1.2

    Indiana Gun Statutes

    “The people shall have the right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the State”

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    Nicholas Rish
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    Nicholas Rish

    So Question, : What if I am was on my property but stepped off my property and had a guy at gunpoint that was on my property trying to break in ???

    Paul
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    Paul

    Is it permissible to carry a handgun in Indiana without a permit if you are on your own property or on private property with the permission of the owner?

    Paul
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    Paul

    “(a) Except as provided in subsection (b) and section 2 of this chapter, a person shall not carry a handgun in any vehicle or on or about the person’s body, except in the person’s dwelling, on the person’s property or fixed place of business, without a license issued under this chapter being in the person’s possession” looks like you should be good as long as you are not a prohibited person.

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    Gordon Day
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    Gordon Day

    Very helpful site. I have had a life time ccw for over20 years. Your site answered all my questions, thank you.

    William Knight
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    William Knight

    I live in Indiana and have lived here for about twenty years. Can I get a hand gun without the carry permit. I don’t want to carry it I only want it for target shooting. I have allot of friends that do it and would like to join them without have to shoot their guns

    William Knight
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    William Knight

    And how and where do I apply

    Markos
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    Markos

    If you mean where to apply for a carry permit, I got mine through the City County Building. But now, it’s a bit easier. Mostly online, but you have to go in for your fingerprinting and things. There is a list of agencies that process permits.
    See:
    https://www.in.gov/isp/2829.htm

    Paul
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    Paul

    In case you haven’t gotten an answer. You don’t need a carry permit if you aren’t carrying. There are laws on transportation to from the range. You should be able to go to any place that sells and they’ll do a background check.

    Paul heitger
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    Paul heitger

    Iam coming to Indianapolis next month . I have Ohio ccw . Just like to make sure that I can carry in your state

    Markos
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    Markos

    Yes. Ohio and Indiana finally have Reciprocal Carry.

    Tina
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    Tina

    Indiana honors these state ccw licenses
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    Jimmy
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    Jimmy

    It is 3-2-19 and I have a Indiana drive license and have applied for my ccw in Indiana but until that arrives I have a Florida ccw but I thought I had read somewheres that if you have a Indiana addr. then my Florida ccw is no good can anyone tell me am I correct????

    Kim
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    Kim

    Your FL license is valid in Indiana…reciprocal

    Robert Scott
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    Robert Scott

    No your permit from Florida is NOT good if you have a permanent resident in Indiana if you have an Indiana Drivers license you are a resident so reciprocate law does not apply to you and if caught carrying with your Florida permit it’s unlawful possession of a firearm and automatic disqualification for Indiana gun permit.

    Markos
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    Markos

    Right. Florida permit is valid in Indiana, and it is reciprocal. But as was stated, Florida permit is valid for Florida residents only. Your new Indiana address invalidates Florida license in Florida and, hence, Indiana. Get an Indiana license before you carry again.
    (I’m an Indiana resident.)

    TINA
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    TINA

    Indiana gun laws allow a License to Carry to be issued to residents and non-residents. There are two types of licenses available, a limited term and unlimited lifetime license. Non-residents can only obtain the four year limited license and they will normally be required to have a business or property in Indiana. Residents or persons in the military who are stationed in Indiana can obtain the lifetime license. The minimum age for applicants is 18 years or older. Indiana is a “Shall Issue” state.

    Steve Westlake
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    Steve Westlake

    Is it illegal to carry under the influence

    Matthew Bowdell
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    Matthew Bowdell

    There is no statute specifically barring it. So no. It is perfectly legal to be drunk and carry.

    Cathy Garrett
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    Cathy Garrett

    It’s a paradox of Indiana law. It’s unlawful to provide a firearm to an intoxicated person, but it’s not unlawful to provide an intoxicant to an armed person. The end result may be the same, a drunk person with a gun, but the path to get there is what makes it lawful or unlawful. Oh, and even when the drunk person is provided a firearm, they are not the one who committed the unlawful act, the person who provided the firearm is. In the final analysis, it’s perfectly legal in the state of Indiana to be strapped and sloshed. Just… Read more »

    Robert Scott
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    Robert Scott

    Yes it is against the law to carry under the influence. It falls under reckless endangerment.

    Tina
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    Tina

    The laws that apply to you depend on the state in which you live. To learn more about the gun laws in your state, see Gun Control Laws, and click the link to your state under the section entitled “Gun Laws by State”
    https://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/topics/gun-possession-and-use

    Tina
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    Tina

    Having a concealed carry permit does not give you free reign to carry your weapon at any time or under every circumstance that you wish. Most permits come with a set of places or circumstances where you may not carry your gun, and one circumstance is usually while you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    Steve Westlake
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    Steve Westlake

    I seem not to be able to find this exact question…..Is it illegal to carry a firearm while under the influence?

    Ron
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    Ron

    Considering one is carrying a loaded weapon while intoxicated, it certainly isn’t safe. Having that been said, I personally have searched this question myself, and was never able to find an answer either.

    Matt
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    Matt

    I am originally from South Dakota, age 24, and have my SD CCW. I am now “living” in Indiana although I do not have a permanent residence as I recently graduated college and have been staying with a friend’s family until I land a career. I saw somewhere that I would be unable to to purchase a gun from places like Cabela’s since I am not an Indiana resident as the rules say that you could only purchase if you were from Indiana or a neighboring state. Is this true or would I actually be allowed to purchase a gun?

    Markos
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    Markos

    It looks like you have to be an Indiana resident to purchase in Indiana. See (page 4) Chapter 2.5 Article 35-47-2.5-5

    https://www.atf.gov/resource-center/docs/guide/state-laws-and-published-ordinances-2010-2011-indiana/download

    Deavin
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    Deavin

    I saw that I was approved for the permit on the licensing portal. Does this mean I can still carry my weapon even though I haven’t gotten it in the mail yet?

    Colton Streib
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    Colton Streib

    Unless you have a paper from the State Police stating that you are authorized. If you don’t then no your going to have to wait a week to get your license.

    Jonathon
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    Jonathon

    Can I get my conceal carry at 19 or did I miss the deadline at 18 or and 21

    Colton
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    Colton

    You can get it at any age, I got mine at 19 in Indiana

    TINA
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    TINA

    Under Federal law, people under 21 cannot buy a handgun from an FFL, but they can buy one from a private individual. Also, people under 21 can be gifted a handgun. … Federal law prohibits the purchase before age 21 from a FTL, but allows possession of a handgun if you are over

    Donte
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    Donte

    am i allowed to carry my handgun with an extended magazine in indiana?

    Brad
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    Brad

    Indiana has no magazine limits

    Stephen Dirker
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    Stephen Dirker

    Is it lawful to canceal/carry into church if your church is on school property?

    Brad
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    Brad

    Indiana law says to carry in a school or church, you must have permission from that board of directors. In addition, any property rented or used by a school counts as school grounds.

    TINA
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    TINA

    Places Allowed in Indiana
    State parks
    State and national forests
    Road side rest areas
    Vehicle
    If you are transporting a person to or from a school or a school function
    All areas of the state – except those listed as Off-Limits

    Stephen LaFluer
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    Stephen LaFluer

    I’m headed to Boston for work. Can I take my firearm with me? Thanks

    Eric
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    Eric

    There’s a section above “states that recognise an Indiana license”

    Brad
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    Brad

    Assuming you have a valid Indiana carry permit, then NO! IN, OH, PA, WV, VA will honor your permit, however, other states you may need to travel through, such as NY, MD, CT and Massachusetts itself will not honor Indiana’s permit

    Mark
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    Mark

    Do we have information on shooting on private property in Indiana? I’m wondering if there’s designations like how far I have to be from a road or such.

    Eric
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    Eric

    I believe I read somewhere that discharge of a firearm in City limits, unless at a designated range, or in self defense, is illegal. But don’t quote me. Call your local police

    Brad
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    Brad

    It is illegal to fire across a road or waterway. I’m not aware of any regulations regarding distance from a road. If you are found to be irresponsible with your firearm and put others in danger, you could face criminal charges

    Robert Scott
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    Robert Scott

    Outside city limits you must have ricochet protection at 45 degrees in all directions around targets and be 50 or 100 feet from house’s other than your own and the road.

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    Kenneth
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    Kenneth

    I applied for a replacement carry licence because I lost my old one. Its been three weeks and I still haven’t received it. My status says approved but waiting on duplicate process. How long does it usually take?

    Brian E May
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    Brian E May

    7 business days usually. That’s how long it took to get mine.

    Robert Scott
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    Robert Scott

    They have 60 days to reply. Usually takes 2 weeks but they have 2 months

    Nick
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    Nick

    It is a constitutional right to carry handgun why is that constitutional right taken away and sold back to lawful citizens by the state for profit. The Constitution does not differentiate between concealed and open carry. It’s still illegal for somebody with a violent felony to own a firearm let alone carry a firearm. How does this affect the criminal? It does not, it only affects the Law Abiding Citizen who pays the state a ridiculous amount of money for a right guaranteed in Indiana’s Bill of Rights Article 1 Section 32.

    Beau
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    Beau

    I’m an Indiana resident and my 18th birthday is on the 6th. I’m going to apply for my carry’s right when I turn 18. Am I allowed to give my mother money to buy a handgun for me?

    George
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    George

    As long as the gun is a gift to you then it is okay. I am also 18 and that is how I acquired my handgun. It was a gift from my late grandfather when he passed. So when you’re buying the gun, have your mom buy it with her money and then the gifting can be done at home.

    Brad
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    Brad

    As far as I can tell from the law, this is not legal. At age 18 you can lawfully purchase a handgun from a private individual but not a dealer

    J.M.P
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    J.M.P

    No, that would be considered a straw purchase and not a genuine gift.

    Colton Streib
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    Colton Streib

    Federal Law states you cannot purchase a Handgun yourself, however State law states that you can. This mean that you are unable to purchase a handgun from any LICENSED DEALER. If you were to buy a handgun from your neighbor, you must have ID stating your 18, that is perfectly legal. The law is a bit weird, I’d suggest talking to State Police.

    Robert Scott
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    Robert Scott

    No. Your mother can gift a handgun to you but you can not pay for it or pick it out at store if salesman thinks she’s buying on your behalf she could get arrested for felony.