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.

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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
      • 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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      1. Is it legal to carry at a racetrack? I see horsetracks are not but im talking about car tracks.

      2. Hey everyone,
        Does anyone know if it is legal to carry my 9mm CCW while deer hunting during archery and firearm?

          1. If I’m not mistaken, you are legal to carry a sidearm during hunting season, even if you do not have a CCW. I would recommend checking the hunting regulations on the webpage for certainty.

        1. Indiana law states that if you are hunting, you may carry a handgun with or without a license for protection. Provided you follow the vehicle carry laws to and from the hunting spot. Look into Indiana DNR hunting guide and regulations.

        2. Jon: In IN, you may carry a sidearm while hunting IF you have a valid hunting license AND you are not on Federal land or other lands that prohibit carrying, as described in IN Code. You don’t even need a carry permit if you are legally hunting with a valid hunting license. Just make sure you transport locked, unloaded, and out of reach if you don’t have a carry permit.

      3. Hello! I have no criminal history at all! Never been arrested and I don’t drink or do any type of drugs except melatonin for sleep. I applied for my CCW and it told me I’ll need to pay $32.61 payment pending. Waiting till I get paid. When I pay it. You guys think I’ll be approved I’m 27 years old and in good mental health/ physical health. How do you know if you’ve been approved for it? I’m also approved to buy firearms at rural King and walmart/ gun shops without license. Any answers would be really nice.

        1. You’ll have no problems acquiring your permit. You can also check the status of your application through the online portal.

      4. Hi, not sure if this is the right place to ask this, but, what are the Indiana laws, if any, concerning shooting on ones own private property. I have been searching, but cannot find the answer. Thanks

        1. From what I understand, it is legal as long as it is done safely and is not in violation of local laws or ordinances. Check with the town/city/county in which you reside. My city does not allow the discharge of firearms within its limits. You also may not be able to depending on how close you are to other homes and businesses.

          1. Thank you. I know one cannot discharge a firearm within city limits, and I have heard people shooting. I was just wondering if the state had restrictions. MI for example, will not allow one to shoot across roads or within 150 feet of another residence.

        2. You may freely shoot on your own property as long as you are not within city limits.

      5. Hi everyone I am 21 and I have psychosis. I have a fear of people trying to kill me although I don’t act on it. I carry a hatchet in my bag everywhere I go and I’ve never used it I just have a fear of getting shot. I want to be able to protect my family and the people around me. I’ve had a short stay in an inpatient for 5 days only because they don’t release on the weekends. I went vonaltary altough they put me in handcuffs. Any idea on how I can get an ak47 for the house in a safe?

          1. I just want it for sport now I talked to my fiancé and I just wanna know why I shouldn’t have one

            1. An ak47 is definitely not a weapon for Sport! Especially if you have psychosis and zero experience handling a firearm. Please take gun safety courses, and find an instructor!!

        1. I’m glad your seeking help but unfortunately with fear of being fired at I would highly recommend taking some gun safety courses etc before even considering buying a firearm- mental instability & a firearm = disaster. We had a soldier in basic training with similar issues and was more of a danger to himself and us than anything else , luckily he was processed out.

      6. I heard the Indiana law had changed and if police ask you for your permit, you’re required to show it to them,, even if you committed no crime. Is that true?

        1. If they ask for it, then YES you do have to show it. You do not have to volunteer to show it, though. I.E., you get pulled over and you have a valid permit and a concealed gun. If the cop sees the gun and asks to see your permit to prove you are legit, then you have to show it. If he doesn’t spot your gun and doesn’t ask, you don’t have to show it. Don’t be a jerk and resist if you are asked.

          1. Try again. The officer seeing the gun is irrelevant. Having a firearm on your person or in your car is not inherently breaking any laws whatsoever. The same applies to open carrying. No officer can legally force you to show it. If so, there will be an immediate violation of one’s 4th amendment rights. Furthermore, such as openly carrying, Indianapolis and nearly all other cities have adamantly insisted their officers do not merely assume having a firearm in one’s car or openly carrying to be a crime. A potential crime, sure. Nearly everything is a potential crime. It simply doesn’t work like that.

            1. Incorrect.
              As Indiana law states, it’s illegal to carry a firearm on your person or in your vehicle loaded, unless you have a valid permit to do so. Same with driving a vehicle. It’s illegal to drive without a license on public roads. If stopped by law enforcement, you must provide a license. If an LEO sees a firearm, since it’s against the law, you have to show that you have a license/permit
              A “Permit” is exactly that, it permits you an exception to the law that forbids you from carrying a firearm on your person or in your vehicle-loaded on public streets.
              The Supreme Court ruled on ‘District of Columbia v. Heller’ that the intent of the 2nd Amendment was self defense in your own home and that it’s not an unlimited Right and is still subject to regulations.

              1. Kevmeistah that is incorrect. Do some research, the Second Amendment is not just to protect yourself in your own home. If that is what you believe then is the pursuit of Liberty and happiness also confined to only in your own home? Is the right of free speech granted only when you’re at home?

              2. Agree you don’t have to provide anything unless suspected of a crime of which the officer must name the crime. And said named crime cannot be suspected of carrying without a permit. As far as the free speech part, while correct it’s recommended you defer to your wife’s house rules governing what speech is protected. ie – It’s not recommended you exercise first amendment of free speech when answering a question like do these jeans make my butt look fat. In fact if white lies are not allowed invoking your 5th amendment is recommended.

              3. KevMeistah, you are incorrect. Pinner vs Indiana ruled that public possession of a handgun is not enough, by itself, to justify stopping and questioning someone.

      7. So I was accepted and all for my permit. They were supposed to have sent it out quite a while ago. I never received it at my address. Who could I contact a out this?

        1. Ben,
          My permit took forever to get. My wife got hers in less than 2 weeks and we both applied at the same time. You need to call the State Police and get the number for Indianapolis. Don’t even bother trying to talk to the person who answers the phone. Ask for a supervisor right off the bat. They might have to call you back and if you don’t get a call back within a day, keep calling until you reach someone. The supervisor I talked to, said she had no idea why mine took so long and she finally told me she was issuing it. 3 days later I had it. Just keep trying. Best of luck to you.

        2. Your Nearest State Police Headquarters, usually where you applied to In the first place for your CCW Permit.

        1. It is not prohibited by state law so you should be good unless the church prohibits it.

        2. Robert: You may carry in a church ONLY IF the church does NOT have a school attached on property or a licensed daycare on property. Plus, the church can POST no weapons, but Indiana does not enforce as direct law. So, as long as they don’t ask you to leave with a posted sign, then you’re okay. If they ask you to leave private property and you refuse, you are subject to Trespassing charges.
          If the church has either a school or licensed daycare on property, then it is expressly prohibited from carrying on church property. This applies EVEN IF the school is not in session (say, Sunday).
          Bummer: because my church has a school and makes me a sitting duck.. I hate it. They almost got this amended last summer, and then there was a school shooting–ended all discussion during session.

          School zones, churches with school or daycare, airport areas, Army Corps of Engineer reservoirs, Courts, State fairground (during state fair only), penal institutions, federal facilities, etc. Don’t carry into buildings or on reservoir waterways of ACofE–you’ll be toast.

          See Indiana Code 35-47-1 for more detail on where it’s prohibited.

          1. I was under the impression Indiana law forbids church carry unless you have permission from the church board. Also, I believe IN law says you can carry in a school if you have permission from the school board.

            1. On the first part, no. No restrictions in a church unless it has a school or daycare.
              On the second part. Yes. With permission.

        3. Bill 1422 says you can carry in a church without a school on its property… No questions asked.
          AND in a church WITH a school if you are authorized to provide security to the church.
          (Only don’t forget about the trespassing laws of they ask you to leave.)

      8. I’m an Ohio resident about to be 18 the Ohio law won’t allow me to get my ccw until i’m 21. If i get my license in Indiana will i be able to legally carry in Ohio seeing how Ohio recognizes Indianans concealed carry licenses?

        1. It’s Federal law that prevents you from owning a handgun, let alone be licensed to carry, if you’re under 21. So there’s no state that will issue a CCW to you until then.
          Plus, you have to own a business or be employed in Indiana to get an Indiana Non-Resident CCW permit.

      9. At 17 I was found guilty of possession of a loaded firearm since I had a legally obtained (my mother gave it to me) pistol loaded under my bed. I’m 19 almost 20 now would this charge hinder me from getting my concealed carry permit?

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            Not sure, you need to look at the requirements section. There are some things in there that they could possibly use against you such as, Be of good character and reputation, Be a proper person to be licensed. What they mean by those phrases is unclear but they could potentially be used to deny you a permit. Only way to find out is to apply. Let us know how you go.

            1. I’ve already applied because my lawyer told me that at 18 my record would be sealed, which was a lie. It was the only time I had been into trouble through my juvenile life. I just hope this doesnt screw me over

            2. Well, all I know Is If In doubt, definitely list those things on your application for the CCW Permit.
              They are also looking for you to be %100 Honest with them, too…

        1. Best thing to do is contact an attorney .their are many and they can also speed up the process .leave such questions to the professional s

        2. Your age prevents you from getting a CCW under federal law. You have to be 21 to even own a handgun. CCWs will not be issued since you’re a prohibited person until you reach 21.

        3. contact Relford Law Offices in Carmel. He’ll know. probably depends on details of judgement (domestic violence vs. simple possession, misdemeanor or felony in judgment, etc). But, he’ll know for sure if you can give him details on your judgment.

      10. I’m 18 and just got approved for my carry license. As an 18 year old how do I go about legally obtaining a handgun. Can my brother gift me one of his handguns? Also, can an 18 year old conceal carry in Indiana or does it have to be open?

        1. Anyone over the age of 21 can buy you a gun and give it to you. It’s legal for you to carry, once you have your permit. You don’t have to register a gun in Indiana, so you can have someone 21 or over purchase one for you.

          1. “Anyone over the age of 21 can buy you a gun and give it to you. ” ONLY if they are an IMMEDIATE family member, spouse, parent, etc… not just “anyone”. That’s called a straw purchase.

      11. My son was just arrested for mishandling a firearm. Has license to carry, was pulled over after leaving work, he didn’t know what for…. Had hands on steering wheel, followed instructions, was told to get out of the vehicle, a narcotics dog came and sat. However, no drugs or alcohol were in the vehicle, nor were any find by the four other cops that showed up. They are saying he failed to tell them he had gun in car. He told them before they found it. But, he did not tell them immediately upon them walking to the truck and asking him to get out of the truck. How can they do this?? We now know Ohio has an inform law. His license was issued in Indiana and he lives in Indiana. But, he works in Ohio and he was stopped in Ohio.

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          If he was arrested will be going to court so you will need to find a good lawyer that knows about gun laws. Sorry we cannot offer legal advice but sounds like the arrest was on some technicality by over zealous police, you would think they would just give him a warning.

          1. Yes, was stopped for “failure to display tail lights from a distance.” I thought warning, nice reminder of Ohio law also. But, 1st degree misdemeanor!!?? Thanks for the information!

            1. Indiana is a no obligation to tell unless asked state. If they never asked, he had no legal obligation to tell unless he lacked his license to carry.

              1. He was in Ohio at the time of the stop…

        2. Always provide license with id when pulled over then if asked where gun is the provide information

            1. If we have this many questions about how we can or cannot rightfully carry arms for protection My friends then what is our remedy I ask

      12. I am planning to move from Illinois to Indiana and am currently qualified under IROCC – Illinois Retired Officers Concealed Carry and LEOSA – Law Enforcement Officers Security Act. Once I leave Illinois I lose my IROCC. I do I qualify in Indiana to continue my LEOSA? Does anyone know?

        1. Sounds like a question for the state police. But to be safe you may just want to pony up the $150 for the lifetime CCW once you become a resident and you will be good for life.. But if you hold a VALID ccw in any state pretty sure Indiana accepts them all. If you plan to travel to back Illinois you should check to see if they issue non resident permits because Illinois won’t honor Indiana’s ccw license.

        2. I also moved from Illinois into Indiana and obtained an Indiana concealed carry for retired officers.
          the web site for the persons responsible for the program is
          TX 219 510 4773. The process is simple but costs $75 to $100 annually and requires a live fire qualification conducted at the location they specify. While the Indiana state CCW permit is free to retired LEO’s it is NOT valid in Illinois. The retired officer permit under H.R.218 is valid in Illinois.
          To be on the safe side I obtained both the Indiana State CCW and the Indiana H.R.218 permit for retired LEO’s. Hope this helps.

      13. looking to move to Muncie area soon, and have a few questions as I am also a Concealed Pistol instructor in my home state of W.V
        1 does Indiana have a parking lot regulation law?
        2 and where can I get a complete firearm law list for the state

      14. I travel to Chicago often and at the boundary of two rival gang territories. I have to go here, I do not want to disclose why. It says illinois does not honor Indians permits.. I want to have a gun on me for protection. I know martial arts, I have a taser and etc but those are all close range. I’d rather they not even get that close. What do I do? Do i need to get one for both states? How do I even get one for Chicago?

        1. The legal answer is of course, you may not carry there. My personal opinion, I’d rather have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. No one should ever know you have it anyway. If you’re not doing anything illegal and do not tell anyone you are carrying, no one will be the wiser. I’d rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6. Carry at your own risk.

        2. You should probably check on the laws if you carry a taser or stun gun… Many states require you to have a CCW to carry one now

        3. actually it is illegal for you (citizen) to own a taser in Indiana. personally I would find a different job, the one you have sort of sucks.

        4. I believe Illinois will allow vehicle carry only if you have a permit from any other state. Or you can take the training and apply for an IL non-resident permit

      15. 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?

        1. Indiana does not issue concealed carry permits. We issue a license, which carries with it a greater right and privilege than a permit and is an important, legal distinction. There is also no gun registration in Indiana. Federal law requires registration of automatic weapons and you must have that with the automatic wespon at all times.

      16. 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

      17. 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.

        1. 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

          1. Please read you license. It is a license to carry, not a permit. This is am important, legal distinction Indiana makes.

        2. You applied for a license, not a permit. Indiana issues a gun carry license. It is a distinct, legal difference.

        3. Instead of fighting the law for you money, All you need to do is skip the Bullshit and go straight to the bank and fill out the fraud paper, The bank will get your money back.

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

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