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
  • 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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      Phone (317) 232-8264

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      Matt
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      Matt

      So, I have my fingerprints taken every 4 year electronically for my HAZMAT. Are they able to use the fingerprints on file or do I need to have them taken again?

      Zack
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      Zack

      Is there a law in the state of Indiana saying you can not carry a loaded firearm i.e. one in the chamber

      Kelly
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      Kelly

      If a person has a gun on their person is it legal for me to upholster my legal firearm in the state of Indiana?

      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.

      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.

      jeff z
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      jeff z

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

      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?

      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.

      bobt
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      bobt

      Do i have to keep my CCW license on me?

      Art
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      Art

      Yes when you are carrying a gun.

      David
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      David

      I need to know the rules on Indiana CCW when traveling through Illinois on the way to Missouri

      George
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      George

      It’s called the safe passage law. You’re allowed to carry in your vehicle. I printed out the law and carry it in my vehicle with me.

      David
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      David

      What are the rules for Indiana CCW when traveling through the State of Illinois on your way to Missouri

      Dave
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      Dave

      I live in Indiana have all my life im disabled and have a carrying permit if I’m on my property doing nothing to anyone and someone comes on my porch and threatens me or starts to get violent what bye law can i do ?

      Jacob
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      Jacob

      If you can prove self defense against a hostile threat then you are within your right to defend yourself. I would not suggest a fatal shot with the first round. Also its about who can prove what so just remember that.

      Casey
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      Casey

      We have stand your ground laws in Indiana. If you really feel threatened and it is at your place of residence, you have the right to defend yourself as well as your property.

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