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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    Address 100 N. Senate Ave, Suite N302

    CityIndianapolis IN 46204

    Phone (317) 232-8264

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    Mr. Smith
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    Mr. Smith

    How many other states I’m I allowed to carry in ? Where do I go to look up the answer?

    Greg
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    Greg

    Indiana needs to abolish red flag laws.

    Chad
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    Chad

    Somebody told me I could have my concealed permit taken away if I shoot one person is that true?

    Am I able to open carry with my Illinois concealed
    Guest
    Am I able to open carry with my Illinois concealed

    Am I able to open carry with my Illinois concealed carry license?

    WA Durr
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    WA Durr

    Indiana respects Illinois’ carry permit, so you’re safe here, it
    just does not work the other way around.

    emmanuel
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    emmanuel

    I did my application few weeks ago. I check my status. It says I have 39 day left. And the local office hasn’t sent my application to Indianapolis. So I went to the police department to check at records. So they told me their sending the application. And I’ll be getting an email stating when
    I’ll getting my card.

    Tonnie Bailey
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    Tonnie Bailey

    I applied for my ccw in June and still have not heard anything, who can I call to see what is going on…?

    Babydollrlr
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    Babydollrlr

    Okay, so it’s been past the 60 days now since I’ve submitted my lifetime personal protection license and I called the state police in Indianapolis and the operator told me that they have longer than the 60 days and that the “manager is reviewing my application”. Is there anything I can do to get my application processed???

    John
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    John

    Gimme $60 and I’ll push it through faster

    Brth
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    Brth

    Indiana has a handgun “carry permit”, I have to explain to people it is not a “CCW” permit as you can still open carry. It applies to you carrying a loaded handgun in public or your vehicle. I have to wounder what the stores that have banned “open carry” will do to the people that open carry. Will they just ask you to leave? Will you have to leave a full shopping cart, if you have to vacate the property?

    Laz
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    Laz

    They just ask that you put your gun in your car and tell you that you are welcome to come back in and finish shopping.

    Babydollrlmr
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    Babydollrlmr

    I applied for my lifetime personal protection license and I was wondering if the 60 days starts from when your application is submitted or after you pay the local police department fees???

    Kcarlson
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    Kcarlson

    My wife got her permit in just a few weeks.

    Kcarlson
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    Kcarlson

    Time starts when you application is submitted

    Babydollrlr
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    Babydollrlr

    Hi, I applied for my lifetime personal protection license and I saw that the allotted time period the State police had to approve or deny my application was 60 days but, i was wondering if it was 60 days from when my application was submitted online or if it was 60 days after i paid my local fees????]

    Tammi D
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    Tammi D

    I have my Indiana carry permit. I travel to Las Vegas, NV periodically, can I take my weapon with me and carry in NV?

    Mona Gibbens
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    Mona Gibbens

    I have paid the fee nd got fingerprints but still need to pay 50.00 m.o plus 5.00 notary. I’m moving, can I still get license if address is different from then when I applied

    Keith P
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    Keith P

    I have a lifetime Indiana cc permit. Can I carry 2 pistols?
    I hunt with a pistol, but it’s not a good choice for personal protection. Would like to carry a 2nd pistol better suited for personal protection.

    glenn
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    glenn

    yes you can

    Mike H
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    Mike H

    This may be a dumb%&# question but haven’t seen it yet. Under Ind. cc how many guns can you carry? Don’t plan on just curious, like 1 on side,1 at small of your back and lastly an ankle gun.

    glenn
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    glenn

    can carry as many as you can handle

    jeff z
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    jeff z

    Any limits to how many rounds i can have in my handgun when carrying?

    glenn
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    glenn

    no restrictions

    Steven
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    Steven

    I have an IN lifetime permit but plan on moving to another state. I’ve seen that for non-residents, IN only issues a 4yr permit. Just wondering what that does to my lifetime permit when I move out of state, is it still a lifetime permit or does it start a 4yr countdown on the date I move?

    Tom
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    Tom

    According to the law, you are required to notify the state police within 60 days of a change of address. Since you will then be a non-resident, they may change your permit to the 4 year non-resident license.

    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?

    harold kreinop
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    harold kreinop

    yes

    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.

    glenn
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    glenn

    You are correct Indiana ONLY issues a “License to carry handgun” You can carry open or concealed with your LTCH

    bobt
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    bobt

    Do i have to keep my CCW license on me?

    Tom
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    Tom

    Only when carrying, unless the gun is unloaded and locked in a case.