Indiana Gun Laws

Subject/LawLong gunsHandgunsRelevant StatutesNotes
State permit required to purchase?NoNoNone
Firearm registration?NoNoNone
Assault weapon law?NoNoNone
Magazine capacity restriction?NoNoNone
Owner license required?NoNoNone
License required for concealed carry?N/AYesIC 35-47-2-3Shall-Issue. Officially “License to Carry Handgun”, which covers concealed and open carry.As of July 1, 2017, persons who a) are at least 18 years old, b) are protected by a protection order, c) have applied for a license, and d) are not prohibited from possessing a handgun may carry a handgun without a license for 60 days from the date of the protection order being issued.[62]As of July 1, 2020, there will be no fee for a five year license; $50 for lifetime licenses.[63]
License required for open carry?No[64]YesIC 35-47-2-3May carry handgun openly with license.On May 9, 2017, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that detaining an individual based solely upon their possession of a handgun (in order to verify that they are licensed) violates the Fourth Amendment absent any other reasonable articulable suspicion of a crime being committed.[65]
Vehicle carry?YesYesIC 35-47-2-3May carry in a vehicle with license.[66]
State preemption of local restrictions?YesYesIC 35-47-11.1-2Enacted in 2011
NFA weapons restricted?NoNoIC 35-47-5-10Federal laws observed.
Shall certify?YesYesShall certify within 15 days.[67]
Peaceable journey laws?NoNoNoneFederal rules observed.
Castle Doctrine law?YesYesIC 35-41-3-2No duty to retreat from dwelling, curtilage, or occupied motor vehicle. No duty to retreat when defending against imminent unlawful force regardless of location.
Duty to inform?NoNoIC 35-47-2-24Indiana law does not require one to disclose possession of a firearm on contact with Law Enforcement.
Background checks required for private sales?NoNoNone
Red flag law?YesYesIC 35-47-14-6(b)The police may temporarily confiscate firearms from people who are threatening to harm themselves or others, and then get a court order afterwards.
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