Indiana Gun Laws

Indiana gun laws allow permits to be issued to residents and non-residents. There are two types of permits available, a limited term and unlimited lifetime permit. Non-residents can only obtain the four year limited permit 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 permit. 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
Shall Issue
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Indiana Handgun License


  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a proper reason to carry a handgun.
  • Be of good character and reputation.
  • Be a proper person to be licensed.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Does not have a conviction for resisting law enforcement within last (5) years.
  • Is not prohibited by a court order from possessing a handgun.
  • 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 person’s application.
  • Does not have a conviction for any crime involving an inability to safely handle a handgun.
  • 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 the subject of a;
    • ninety (90) day commitment
    • regular commitment or has not been found by a court to be mentally incompetent, including being found, not guilty by reason of insanity, guilty but mentally ill or incompetent to stand trial.
  • 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.
  • Federal Law Requirements

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    Indiana CCW Reciprocity

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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
    • 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 firearm 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 firearm 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


    Indiana does not have Constitutional Carry.


    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 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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    Indiana CCW FAQ's

    Indiana CCW Contacts

    Indiana State Police


    Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

    Saturday Closed

    Sunday Closed


    Address 100 N. Senate Ave, Suite N302

    CityIndianapolis IN 46204

    Phone (317) 232-8264

    Email [email protected]

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    7 Comments on "Indiana Gun Laws"

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    Brad Martin

    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.


    You can keep it in your car as long as the car is locked.


    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

    M.T. Sprinkles

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

    Chan park

    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?