No person shall carry a handgun in any vehicle or on or about his person without a license being in his possession. READ ALL
A person may carry a handgun WITHOUT being licensed to carry a handgun if:
(1) the person carries
the handgun on or about the person's body in or on property that is owned, leased, rented, or otherwise legally controlled by the person;
(2) the person carries
the handgun on or about the person's body while lawfully present in or on property that is owned, leased, rented, or otherwise legally controlled by another person, if the person:
(A) has the consent of the owner, renter, lessor, or person who legally controls the property to have the handgun on the premises;
(B) is attending a firearms
related event on the property, including a gun show, firearms
expo, gun owner's club or convention, hunting club, shooting club, or training course; or
(C) is on the property to receive firearms
related services, including the repair, maintenance, or modification of a firearm
(3) the person carries
the handgun in a vehicle that is owned, leased, rented, or otherwise legally controlled by the person, if the handgun is:
(B) not readily accessible; and
(4) the person carries
the handgun while lawfully present in a vehicle that is owned, leased, rented, or otherwise legally controlled by another person, if the handgun is:
(B) not readily accessible; and
(C) secured in a case; or
(5) the person carries
(B) while attending a firearms
instructional course; or
(C) while engaged in a legal hunting activity.
(c) Unless the person's right to possess a firearm
has been restored under IC 35-47-4-7
, a person who has been convicted of domestic battery under IC 35-42-2-1.3
may not possess or carry
(d) This section may be not construed:
(1) to prohibit a person who owns, leases, rents, or otherwise legally controls private property from regulating or prohibiting the possession of firearms
on the private property;
(2) to allow a person to adopt or enforce an ordinance, resolution, policy, or rule that:
(B) has the effect of prohibiting;
an employee of the person from possessing a firearm
or ammunition that is locked in the trunk of the employee's vehicle, kept in the glove compartment of the employee's locked vehicle, or stored out of plain sight in the employee's locked vehicle, unless the person's adoption or enforcement of the ordinance, resolution, policy, or rule is allowed under IC 34-28-7-2(b)
(3) to allow a person to adopt or enforce a law, statute, ordinance, resolution, policy, or rule that allows a person to possess or transport a firearm
or ammunition if the person is prohibited from possessing or transporting the firearm
or ammunition by state or federal law.
APPLICATION FOR LICENSE: An application for a license to carry a handgun must be made to the chief law enforcement officer of the municipality where the applicant resides, or to the sheriff of the county where the applicant resides or has a regular place of business or employment. The application contains identifying information on the applicant such as: name, address, length of residence in the community, occupation, age, race, nationality, any criminal record, height and weight, and reason for desiring a license. The officer to whom the application is made shall conduct an investigation into the applicant’s official records and verify his character, reputation, and information contained in the application. The information together with his recommendation and one set of fingerprints are forwarded to the Indiana State Police Superintendent. The superintendent may make whatever further investigation he deems necessary. If it appears to the superintendent that the applicant has a proper reason for carrying a handgun and is of good character and reputation and a “proper person” to be so licensed, he shall issue either a qualified or an unlimited license to carry any handgun lawfully possessed by the applicant.
Licenses to carry handguns shall be either qualified or unlimited and are valid for 4 years or for the lifetime of the individual receiving the license. Proper reasons for a qualified license are hunting and target practice. Unlimited licenses shall be issued for the purpose of protection of life and property. The superintendent may adopt rules imposing limitations on the use and carrying of handguns by a license holder who carries a handgun as a condition of his employment.
The term “proper person” includes a person:
- who is 18 and has not been convicted of a crime which carries a sentence in excess of 1 year;
- who is not a drug or alcohol abuser, does not have a reputation or propensity for violence or instability;
- who has not made a false statement of material fact on his application;
- does not have a conviction for resisting law enforcement or of violating Indiana’s weapon laws within 5 years of the application; and
- does not have an adjudication as a delinquent child for an act that would be a felony if committed by an adult if the applicant is less that 23.
Every initial application will be granted or rejected within sixty days by the Indiana State Police Superintendent. Renewal of an existing license may be filed 365 days before the expiration of the existing license. An application for renewal filed within thirty days of expiration automatically extends the existing license until the application for renewal has been decided. If an application for a license to carry has been denied, a request for a hearing before the superintendent may be made. Should the denial be upheld at the hearing, an appeal may be taken to the circuit court.
For license fee schedule, please visit: http://www.in.gov/isp/files/HANDGUN_LICENSING_FEES_updated_4_1_13.pdf
The superintendent shall have the authority to suspend at any time any license issued upon having reasonable grounds to believe that the person’s license should be suspended or revoked.
Licenses to carry handguns, issued by other states or foreign countries, will be recognized according to the terms thereof but only while the holders are not residents of Indiana.
With the exceptions of limitations on carrying during game seasons, state law is silent on the issue of carrying rifles and shotguns.
Prohibits a person, including an individual, corporation, and a government entity, from adopting or enforcing a rule that prohibits an employee of the person from legally possessing a firearm or ammunition that is locked in the trunk of an employee’s vehicle while the person’s vehicle is on the person’s property, unless the firearm or ammunition requires a federal license to possess.HIDE