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

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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


  • 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
  • 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.
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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

      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

      “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.


      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" 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 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.

      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.


      Indiana Gun Statutes

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

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      Address 100 N. Senate Ave, Suite N302

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      1. Traveling from Indiana to Florida, just wondering what the process would be once I get to Florida? Would the firearm just have to be locked away and inaccessible?

        1. If you have a valid Indiana CCW and you take i 65 south to Florida, every state along the way honors Indiana’s CCW… I just did it 3 months ago for spring break but as a rule of thumb when traveling anywhere out of state I would check every state’s CCW laws that you intend to travel through just to be safe. If you cannot find a resource online call that state’s state police office and they can guide you in the right direction.

      2. You can apply for an Indiana lifetime permit and they will issue a lifetime permit! No expiration date!

      3. I know I need to carry my permit whenever I’m carrying my gun, but does the permit need to be on my person or can it be in my purse nearby?

        1. I would think as a practical matter that it being within reasonable reach you probably would not have a problem if circumstances warranted it being needed. Nearby in a purse/satchel/wallet is significantly different than it being in your home and you are across town.

      4. Can you carry a firearm into a church or on a church bus. I know a church bus and a school bus may look the same but there are some differing between them as far as Cdl obtainment and when calling a bus a school bus or church bus.

        1. A church bus is not a school bus. You should be fine as long as the church is okay with the carriage of firearms.

        2. A school bus is a specific type of vehicle, which requires a school bus license or a CDL with a school bus endorsement to operate. A church bus is a passenger vehicle, which would require a Class A or B CDL with a passenger endorsement to operate. However, the license required to operate these vehicles is irrelevant. That applies to the operation of the vehicles, not possession of firearms. There is no federal or Indiana laws in regards to carrying a firearm in a commercial vehicle. Indiana law requires permission from the church board to carry a firearm in a church. To be on the safe side, I would apply the same principle to the church bus and get written permission.

      5. My job causes me to travel so I do not have a set address can I use a family member’s address that has been in the same location for many of years

      6. Can you carry your handgun with a round in the chamber or do you have to carry without a round chamber

        1. It is completely permissible to carry ready to shoot otherwise what you have is a small club or hurling object. I am assuming, Of course, you have a CCW.

      7. Is it legal to walk around with my 12 gauge shot gun on its sling in Indianapolis with out it registered in your name. And do I have to register my shotgun in Indianapolis

        1. Legal yes… Practical no… probably not really a good idea … You might get some unwanted attention and have some people panic and call the cops thinking your about to go on a shooting spree or something… but if you do and the cops do show up it would be wise to set it down very slowly… lol Also if it is under a certain length and has a pistol grip it is considered a handgun and you would need a CCW to legally carry or so I’ve been told. Do your homework

        2. If you’re legal to own, you’re legal to carry it in this manor. It would be foolish and impractical to do this though. If you’re legal to own that shotgun, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting an IN license to carry handgun. There are no registration laws for firearms in Indiana, and IN state preemption laws prohibit local governments from creating their own laws.

      8. I am 19 and I am wanting to get a handgun. I have my license to carry, and I was wandering if it is legal for me to buy a hand gun form a private party?

        1. private party, yes. It is not required for a private individual to perform and background check on you before they sell it to you, however, be mindful of any private party that you purchase a handgun from. It is recommended that reciepts are kept with full name of both parties, phone numbers, addresses and State issued ID or OLN #’s for proof of record just in case. For example, you buy a firearm from aquintance Joe down the road, he seems like a good guy but, he just sold you a firearm that was used in a homicide and now you’re the one holding the bag.

        2. absolutely NOT! if you want to purchase a firearm you have to fill out a federal form 4377 at a dealer. on the form it asks if you are purchasing the firearm for your self. if you say yes or no and are buying for a third party person that is concidered a STRAW PURCHASE AND IS ILLEGAL! it’s a federal felony to falsify a form 4377. so don’t t
          even think of buying a gun for another person. let that person fill out form and make purchase. if you get caught buying a gun for another person you’ll go to prison!

          1. sorry i miss read your question. i thought you were asking if you could buy for a third party. so yes you can purchase from a private third party individual. my mistake

        3. Nathaniel,
          By federal law, you’re not allowed to buy a gun from anyone if you’re under 21 years of age. Someone can buy it for you and gift it to you, but you have to be 21.

      9. I was denied by my local police department a few years ago but was never told why. At the time I applied, everyone and there mothers were also applying. I was told by others that alot of people are denied their first time. Is any of this true? Can anyone answer these questions for me?

        1. People are not denied without a valid reason. If you, or anyone you know, were denied a license to carry than contact your local PD to find out the reason, if the reason was not stated on the denial letter.

        2. in indiana local law enforcement doesn’t have anything to do with gun or carry permits. everything is applied for and handled through the indiana STATE POLICE in indianapolis.

      10. I received a gun from my mother-in-law as a Christmas gift. Am I required to do some type of registration of it before I can carry it. I have my lifetime card.

      11. If i’m going through states that honor my ccw license and i come to one that doesn’t, can i put it in the trunk for that state?

        1. Author

          Yes, you are covered by the Federal safe passage Act. New York is the only state that will not abide by the federal law.

      12. My police officer friend says you shouldn’t have your gun on you or in your car while drinking. If you want to take the chance of losing everything you ever worked for if something happens, than lawyer up.

      13. Can I carry my gun on me at a bar? Or if I’ve had some drinks? What about leaving it in my car while someone else drives and I’ve been drinking?

        1. Try reading the advice above instead of expecting someone else to do it for you. It’s quite clearly laid out above. Don’t even bring it. Leave it at home if you even think there’s a chance you’ll have even one drink, unless you want to donate it to a local officer in exchange for a cot and cold breakfast.

        2. I carry mine when I have been drinking and someone else was driving and was pulled over and of course the officer says you should not do that but it’s not a crime nor can you be arrested for that. Now as far as a bar Indiana does not have laws on this and is really unclear on this as well but it’s not totally a good ideal to carry in a bar.

      14. It says that I’ve been approved for the CCW. Can I legally carry my firearm before license reaches me in the mail?

        1. Yes you can legally carry for 60 days once approved for the permit, as in carry without a permit on you. Once you receive the permit you must have it at all times when you are carrying. If for some reason you pass 60 days and still do not have a permit you must no longer carry until it arrives, I’m not sure if anyone would know how long you have carried it without, also I can’t imagine not receiving your permit within that time, I’m just going by the law on the books. Also just extra FYI, if you get ran by a police officer, your CCW permit status will usually come across the radio before they repeat your full name and DOB, so the officer will know immediately you have a license to carry. Hope that helps.

          1. This is some very dangerous advice, as you’ve left out a specific stipulation to carrying before your issued permit has arrived. Namely, it is ONLY legal if you have filed for a protective order, and ONLY for 60 days from the issue of that order or until your permit arrives before 60 days has passed. Very good way to get some anxious new CCW arrested with poorly researched advice.

        2. No you can not carry until your permit comes in. The only way you can carry before the permit comes in is if you have a active protection order filed against someone. If you get caught before your permit comes in you will be arrested.

          1. thats not totally true advice either. if you apply for a caryy permit you will get and have a copy of your application. you can carry with your application as long as you carry your application on your person. i did this when i applied for my life time permit. was told as long as i had copy of my app on me i could legally carry until my permit arrived.

            1. Been practicing law for over 25 years. You are misleading people. You can not carry a gun just because you have a gun application in process and have a application. What if you are denied. Absolutely makes no sense what you wrote. There are a couple exceptions to this rule. i.e Court Protective Order. But you have to wait to have your gun permit in order to carry. Do not take legal advice unless you have paid for legal advice or are current with the Indiana Gun Law Legislations.

        3. short answer – NO WAY. Indiana requires you to have your state issued ID and your Indiana license to carry handgun permit on you. The excuse, “I have one just don’t have it on me” is not valid

      15. Under Vehicle Carry it states that loaded firearms cannot be carried in a vehicle without a license. This is only true for handguns. Any long gun can be carried in a vehicle or on ones person without a license.

        1. So i can drive around and groundhog and coyote hunt with my AR or 22 lr. and its legal? I do not drive with a loaded clip in the gun and do not shoot from the vehicle or the road or toward houses or roads, people etc… I absolutely practice gun safety and know what my guns are capable of. Just curious of the actual law!

          1. Indiana law stands mute vis-à-vis long gun carry. There are some Department of Natural Resources (DNR) rules, but these only apply on DNR properties or to hunters. Generally speaking, possession of long guns is legal whether the gun is either on one’s person or in one’s motor vehicle, loaded or not, concealed or not.

            If you get pulled over and have a loaded or not loaded AR handy be prepaired for a not so fun interaction with the officer(s). The officer will be responding/reacting to the firearm not faith that you are a good person. Food for thought

        2. Author

          I believe the correct wording we have in that section is “loaded handgun” please read the section again.

        3. In Indiana, if you are legal to own a long gun, you are legal to carry it, vehicle or otherwise, loaded or unloaded, with no permit

      16. Can you get a Gary and conceal permit if your felony conviction is over 25 years old?

        1. Author

          How long ago the felony occurred does not nullify it, it’s with you for life.

      17. Ive been denied once already, they said i lied on my application, but im not sure why? Is there anyway to find out what exactly i lied about to see how i can clear the confusion?

        1. Author

          I suggest you lodge an appeal by writing to this address;

          Firearms License Unit
          Criminal Justice Data Division
          Indiana State Police
          Indiana Government Center North
          100 N. Senate Avenue, Suite N302
          Indianapolis IN 46204

        2. I Would Suggest you to a formal request of your criminal back round check just to make sure you don’t have anything in there that would disqualify you. Maybe you missed something that you possibly forgot about. anything is possible.

        3. Before applying or appealing, run a background check on yourself through the Indiana State Police website. You may have a conviction of a minir crime that you forgot about and did not put on the application. Then when you reapply or appeal make sure to put in on the application and everything should be fine.

        4. Just call the permit office and ask why you were denied, and they’ll tell you specifically.

      18. Is a conviction for a non-violent felony (CC Fraud) a prohibition for a CCW Permit? It is 30 years old

        1. Author

          Could be a problem under federal law. The time span does not affect anything, these convictions stay with you for life. I would put in an application and see what happens but you need to tell them about your conviction.

        2. you will be denied for any felony charge if you were convicted.

        3. The comments below are true, but given the age of the conviction and assuming you don’t have any other notable charges, you can easily have an attorney seek an order to convert the charge to a misdemeanor, thus restoring your gun rights. You’ll then need to apply for permit. You’ll most likely be denied, and then need to file an appeal and show record of the conversion. You may also have to go through this process again when trying to purchase a firearm, as gun purchase background checks are federal and not state, and may take longer to update.

      19. What about caring in a radio station? Is it allowed or not if it has no sign that says no guns allowed. I’m a maintenance guy that services units in there

        1. “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.

        2. No gun signs have no force of law in Indiana unless you are on state or federal property that legally forbids firearms. It is however, private property, and if you are asked to leave the property for any reason, and refuse to leave, you are trespassing, which is a crime. And could possibly be charged with committing a crime (trespassing) while in possession of a firearm (an additional crime). If you are going to carry a firearm at work and while visiting clients properties, I would recommend you deep conceal it or keep it in your toolbag.

      20. Can I keep a gun in my car, in a gun safe on School property? I am a teacher and I would like to carry it every I go. I understand I can’t “carry it” on or in school property.

        1. I am also a teacher and keep mine in my locked car in the parking lot.

        2. Actually from what I read Indiana does not have a non firearm rule on school grounds and Indiana teachers,can, with school board approval carry or possess a firearm on school grounds but double check that with appropriate people.

        3. Indiana allows it if you keep it locked in your vehicle and out of sight. IN law allows you to carry on and inside school property if you have permission from the school board.

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