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.
Indiana CCW Quick Facts
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Indiana License to Carry
- Indiana License to Carry Requirements
- How to Apply for an Indiana License to Carry
- Indiana License to Carry Renewals
- Indiana License to Carry Fee's
- 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:
- 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;
- does not have a conviction for a crime for which the person could have been sentenced for more than one (1) year;
- 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;
- is not prohibited by a court order from possessing a handgun;
- does not have a record of being an alcohol or drug abuser as
- 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;
- does not make a false statement of material fact on the persons application;
- does not have a conviction for any crime involving an inability to safely handle a handgun;
- does not have a conviction for violation of the provisions of this article within five (5) years of the person’s application;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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
- (A) not guilty by reason of insanity;
- (B) guilty but mentally ill; or
- (C) incompetent to stand trial.
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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
- 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.
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.
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 - Must Inform Officer
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.
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
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 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.
NOIndiana does not have Constitutional Carry.
Indiana Gun Sales & Preemption
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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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Indiana CCW Contacts
Indiana State Police
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Address 100 N. Senate Ave, Suite N302
CityIndianapolis IN 46204
Phone (317) 232-8264