Indiana Gun Laws

Learn about gun control laws, gun permit requirements, and penalties in Indiana.

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In Indiana, adults can purchase a gun without a permit. However, you must obtain a weapons license in order to carry a handgun (openly or concealed) in public. You do not need a permit if you are on your own property or on another person’s property and that person has authorized you to carry your weapon there. (Indiana Code Ann. § 35-47-2-1.)

For more information, see Open and Concealed Gun Carrying Laws in Indiana.

How to Obtain a Weapons License in Indiana

Indiana does not distinguish between open and concealed carry when issuing a firearms license. If you are granted a license you may do both. In order to obtain a weapons license, you must apply to the Indiana State Police in the municipality where you live. To qualify, you must have a “proper” reason for carrying a handgun and be

  • at least 18 years old
  • of good moral character and reputation
  • a “proper person” to be licensed, and
  • a United States citizen (or a noncitizen who is authorized to carry a firearm under federal law).

Additionally, you must not be:

  • a convicted felon (or convicted of certain other violent crimes),
  • a minor under the age of 18
  • a person who has previously had a handgun license suspended
  • arrested for and charged with certain felonies involving the use of a deadly weapon or threat of violence, but only if a court set the case for trial (regardless of the outcome), or
  • older than 18 but younger than 23, having been adjudicated delinquent for a crime that would have been a felony if committed by an adult.

(Indiana Code Ann. § 35-47-2-3.)

Does Indiana Recognize Concealed Weapons License From Other States?

Yes. Indiana recognizes concealed weapons license issued by all other states, according to the terms of that state’s license. However, you must obtain an Indiana license if you become an Indiana resident or if you have a regular place of employment in the state. (Indiana Code Ann. § 35-47-2-21.)

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If you have any questions about whether you are allowed to carry a gun in Indiana, or if you are facing charges for a gun permit violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.

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