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
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Indiana Handgun License

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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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    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 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

    Indiana does not have Constitutional Carry.

    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.

    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

    Indiana CCW Contacts

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    Saturday Closed

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    Contact


    Address 100 N. Senate Ave, Suite N302

    CityIndianapolis IN 46204

    Phone (317) 232-8264

    Email FirearmsQuestions@isp.in.gov

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    Brad Martin
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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.

    Mike
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    Mike

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

    Bryce
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    Bryce

    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

    dennisgladx@cinergymetro.net
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    dennisgladx@cinergymetro.net

    “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.

    M.T. Sprinkles
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    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
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    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?

    Steven
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    Steven

    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.

    Mike
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    Mike

    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.

    trent younger Sr.
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    trent younger Sr.

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

    Robet
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    Robet

    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.

    Jeremy Harris
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    Jeremy Harris

    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!

    EVYR1 SPEAKS PAIN
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    EVYR1 SPEAKS PAIN

    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

    Zacaria Neville
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    Zacaria Neville

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

    William Gabbard
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    William Gabbard

    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… Read more »

    Jeff Sims
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    Jeff Sims

    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.

    Joe
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    Joe

    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?

    Jeff Sims
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    Jeff Sims

    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.

    Jim Sewell
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    Jim Sewell

    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.

    Mick Selleck
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    Mick Selleck

    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?

    Mike
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    Mike

    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.

    Brad P.
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    Brad P.

    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?

    Dennis
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    Dennis

    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.

    nathaniel
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    nathaniel

    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?

    Dennis
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    Dennis

    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… Read more »

    Havi
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    Havi

    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

    Mark Anderson
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    Mark Anderson

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

    Sal Gomes
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    Sal Gomes

    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.

    Mark Anderson
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    Mark Anderson

    Thank you for the reply I do have my ccw

    Matt strunk
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    Matt strunk

    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

    John
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    John

    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.

    Becky
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    Becky

    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?

    Sal Gomes
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    Sal Gomes

    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.

    Calibrator
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    Calibrator

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

    Rick
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    Rick

    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?

    Matthew
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    Matthew

    Can you carry a handgun if licensed and dot pulls u over in the weight station

    Ethan Turner
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    Ethan Turner

    I applied for my lifetime permit earlier this year, but never got around to getting my fingerprints done. I paid the $77 for it, I was wondering if I would get any sort of refund since I didn’t get it completed within the 90 day period. Or if I could still go get my fingerprints done? I’ve searched everywhere someone please help.

    Steve Lear
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    Steve Lear

    It is my understanding that you are not to entitled any type of refund. your failure to submit your fingerprints in a timely manner, as required by law, does not entitle to you refund. I completed all required steps within a week and I received my permit in three weeks. Makes me wonder why you could not even get around to submitting your fingerprints

    Michael L Edwards
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    Michael L Edwards

    If a person have a charge of domestic battery in ny can they still apply for a gun license in Indiana which they live here in Indiana now. I heard of several people who used to live in Illinois they had all kinds of charges from felony to domestic battery then come to Indiana and get a permit to carry however they can not pass a NCIS background to buy a gun however they still purchase a gun through the gun show from a private dealer just want to know if this is true and is this a loophole

    Frank
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    Frank

    When carrying a hand gun in Indiana with a concealed carry permit, does the gun have to be registered to you? Or registered at all? For example, could I carry a gun registered in my sons name or one that was given to me by a relative many years ago? I have no idea if it was registered in his name or not?

    john
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    john

    thanks