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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    Indiana CCW FAQ's

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    Address 100 N. Senate Ave, Suite N302

    CityIndianapolis IN 46204

    Phone (317) 232-8264

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    Luke
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    Luke

    I live in IL and have a property in Indiana. My IL CCW is under review for renewal, but my FOID is active. Can I travel to IN and carry in IN while on my property or in my house?

    Tanesha Jones
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    Tanesha Jones

    I applied for my license and got the hunting/ target when I applied for the personal protection.. is there a way I can change it?

    Wm J Oliver
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    Wm J Oliver

    Indiana DOES NOT have a CONCEALED CARRY LICENSE.

    bobt
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    bobt

    Do i have to keep my CCW license on me?

    David
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    David

    I need to know the rules on Indiana CCW when traveling through Illinois on the way to Missouri

    David
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    David

    What are the rules for Indiana CCW when traveling through the State of Illinois on your way to Missouri

    Dave
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    Dave

    I live in Indiana have all my life im disabled and have a carrying permit if I’m on my property doing nothing to anyone and someone comes on my porch and threatens me or starts to get violent what bye law can i do ?

    Jacob
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    Jacob

    If you can prove self defense against a hostile threat then you are within your right to defend yourself. I would not suggest a fatal shot with the first round. Also its about who can prove what so just remember that.

    Casey
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    Casey

    We have stand your ground laws in Indiana. If you really feel threatened and it is at your place of residence, you have the right to defend yourself as well as your property.

    Tony
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    Tony

    I went to my local pd 2 weeks ago to pay local fees. But when I check status online, it says waiting for local pd fees to post. How long does it take for local pd payment to post??

    Frank
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    Frank

    I waited four weeks and mine still said that. I called my local PD to check on it and was told the chief of police was on vacation and had not approved it. Status changed to pending ISP approval. I would recommend calling them

    Cory
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    Cory

    This map needs updating. Virginia no longer accepts indiana LTCH .

    Talan
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    Talan

    Under what conditions can a LEO demand to see permit if you are open carrying? Do you have to show the permit even if there is no articulable reasonable suspicion?

    Jacob
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    Jacob

    Yes. An officer asking to see your permit is the same as an officer asking to see your Identification Card. They are within legal rights to detain, not arrest, until proper documentation can be provided.

    Casey
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    Casey

    They still have to have a reasonable suspicion that you have or are about to commit a crime.

    Bryan laraway
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    Bryan laraway

    I’m going to Florida in June and I have my Indiana permit does Florida honor my gun permit

    K. McCoy
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    K. McCoy

    No. Florida is a residential permits only state.

    Kenny
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    Kenny

    This is incorrect

    Kenny
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    Kenny

    Yes, Florida will honor your permit provided you are a resident of Indiana. In other words, if you have an Indiana permit, but you are not a resident of Indiana, then you CANNOT carry in Florida. If you have an Indiana permit AND you are an Indiana resident, then you CAN carry in Florida.

    Indy_resident
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    Indy_resident

    If you are a resident of Indiana with a residential permit, then yes, Florida does recognize your permit. If you are not an Indiana resident and have a non-resident Indiana license, then no, Florida does not recognize your permit.

    Dos
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    Dos

    Can I open carry a rifle in Indiana ?

    Kenny
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    Kenny

    Yes. Why do you want to?

    Bob T.
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    Bob T.

    May I move into a brand new living apartment, however, the building owner just now states in his new lease that was provided this past week. I had made a deposit of four thousand seventy dollars approximately 5-6 months ago. Now I’m told I can’t have my weapons in or near this property. We have been given permission to move into the apartment beginning in April. I believe I have two questions; (1) can they keep me from living at this location because I will not give up my weapons? ; (2) they said they would return my $4,000.00 but… Read more »

    Austin L
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    Austin L

    First and foremost I am none of the following: a legal authority, an office of the court, a past or present member of law enforcement, nor a currently enrolled law student. Also, I have no affiliation with any tenet rights organization or advocacy group. • Ha, so now we have established that my input is nothing more than a personal opinion based on various legal proceedings that I have, in some fashion, previously been involved with or a party to in addition to the near dozen legal classes I completed during my 8 year collegiate career. Moving on… • One… Read more »

    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 ???

    Jacob
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    Jacob

    Shoot sooner.

    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.

    Joey
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    Joey

    The purchase of a firearm is under federal law. The license to carry is under state law. If you want to own a gun you do not need to apply for a carry license. Just simply pass a background check from federal law to purchase the firearm. Carrying the gun unloaded and in a case not readily accessible meaning in the trunk. It is legal without a carry license.

    Steve
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    Steve

    Hi William, to answer your actual question, yes you can purchase a handgun with out a permit. You can also transport the handgun to and from a range without a permit with several provisions. It is legal for you to transport the handgun without a permit if it is separate from your ammo and in a lock bock such as place in your trunk and ammo stored elsewhere in your vehicle. If you wish to apply for a permit you can go to the state police website and start there. All permits are now applied for online.

    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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    Districts & Territories
    District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

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    States that honor an Indiana ccw license
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    RESIDENT LICENSE
    Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

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    Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

    Cory
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    Cory

    Virginia no longer have the reciprocity

    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.

    Devora Green
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    Devora Green

    We honor all states ccw here in IN. They do not honor ours, keep your FL permit , add IN

    Nathan
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    Nathan

    Where is the meeting of the minds at?