Indiana Gun Laws

Gun Control Laws in Indiana

Gun laws in Indiana are to control the sale, possession, and use of firearms and ammunition in the state. Comparatively, Indiana’s gun laws are pretty relaxed. The state dictates the gun laws in Indiana, and local counties must comply and cannot override them with their own rules. Indiana is a “Shall Issue” state, and anyone 18 or over can obtain a permit if they qualify. Permits can be acquired from the local police station. The rules regarding long guns are very lax and vague concerning loaded or not, in a car or open carry while hunting. Even with a permit, you cannot carry in or near a school, school bus, a riverboat gambling cruise or to the state fair. Indiana also issues licenses to non-resident. Businesses have the legal right to prohibit firearms on their property but cannot fire you if you have a gun locked in your vehicle. Selling a firearm to anyone younger than eighteen is illegal.

State CCW Quick Facts

  • Shall Issue State gun policy
  • Yes-With a Permit Open Carry Permitted
  • No Constitutional Carry
  • Yes Carry In Restaurants
  • Yes Carry In Vehicle
  • Residents/Non-residents License issued to
  • 799,546 Number of Active CCW Permits
  • 32 # of states that honor Indiana license
  • 53 # of state licenses that Indiana honors
  • 16 % of state’s population with a permit
  • 4 Years license is valid
  • 40 $ cost of the license
  • 18 Minimum age for license permit

Indiana’s policy is Shall Issue in practice and its license is issued to residents. You can carry a handgun in: 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 not listed as forbidden.

IN CCW Reciprocity Map

The following states honor an Indiana gun permit for residents

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

These states honor Indian gun permits for non-residents

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. As part of the reciprocity agreement,

Indiana honors the following state’s and territory’s gun permits

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, the District of Columbia, New York City, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

AK AL AR AZ CA CO CT DE FL GA HI IA ID IL IN KS KY LA MA MD ME MI MN MS MO MT NC ND NE NH NJ NM NV NY OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VA VT WA WI WV WY DC
  • Permit honored
  • Permit not honored
  • Issuing state

Indiana Concealed Carry Laws and Permit

Indiana offers two types of concealed carry permits, a limited term (4 years) and a lifetime term. Only residents can apply for the lifetime term license. Only if you have a license can you carry a loaded firearm in your vehicle. Open carry is legal but only with a permit. Nothing in Indiana gun laws requires you to notify an officer if you are carrying. You do not have to honor any “no weapons” signs, and you can carry in state parks and wildlife preserves. You may carry in restaurants unless the owners have posted a “no guns” sign. Indiana is a not a constitutional carry state.

CCW Eligibility: Qualify or Pre-Qualify?

To apply for a concealed carry gun permit in Indiana you must be at least eighteen years old and a U.S. citizen. If you are applying for a lifetime term license, you must be a resident of the state. If you are a non-resident, you can apply for a limited term license. You must be free of any criminal convictions, and have no domestic charges brought against you. You cannot have any drug or alcohol problems or mental illness. You also must comply with all federal regulations for owning a handgun. The cost for a permit is $40. The Indiana state police issue licenses and oversees the application process.

Indiana Gun Background Check

Indiana is not a “point of sale” state and firearm dealers must contact the FBI and use NCIS when running a background check on all buyers. It is illegal for them to sell to anyone younger than 18. Private sales are not subject to a background check in Indiana. Indiana requires that a background check is performed for any handguns sold but not long guns. However, the federal statute does require a background check for long guns so dealers must honor both laws and anyone purchasing a gun in Indiana will have to undergo a background check first and pass.

CCW Permit Information

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).
  • Do not have a misdemeanor conviction that has not been expunged by court, includes DUI.
  • Do not have a felony conviction that has not been expunged by court, includes DUI.
  • Are not prohibited by court or protective order from possessing a firearm.
  • Does not make a false statement of material fact on the person’s application.
  • Have not been treated for mental illness.
  • Federal law requirements

Application

  1. Complete the online application. You will need to state why you require a weapon. You can say for personal protection or target shooting.
  2. Schedule electronic fingerprinting.
  3. Take your application number to your local law enforcement and pay the local fee
  4. Your application will be transferred to ISP for a final review.
  5. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved or denied.
  6. Non-Residents Non-residents are prohibited by law from obtaining a lifetime license. They are only allowed to be issued the standard 4 year licences.

Renewal

  • You will need to complete an online handgun application.
  • You must then submit fingerprints electronically. An appointment can be made online.
  • You will then need to complete within 90 days any processing required by local law enforcement.
  • Renewal fees are the same as for a new licence application.
  • The new license will be forwarded to you by mail.

Indiana CCW License Fee information

Permit type Fees when getting a new permit Renewal Current license amendment Fingerprint scan fee Fee for firearm classes Additional state fees
Hunting & Target | Permit to carry (handguns) State Fee: $5.00; Local Fee: $10.00/$5.00 refundable $170.00 NOTE:
There is an additional fee of $11.95 for new license applications to cover IDEMIA Electronic Fingerprinting. There is also an extra Indiana Government fee to cover processing costs. The fee varies by license type.

Local Fees
Any local fees cannot be paid online. You will need to contact your sheriff and ask about their policies for local fee payments.

Duplicates
There is a fee of $20 for all duplicates. This fee also applies to anyone with exempt status.

Refunds
If a license is not issued then a partial refund is allowed on local fees and the whole state fee is refundable.
Personal Protection | Permit to carry (handguns) State Fee: $30.00; Local Fee: $10.00/$5.00 refundable $170.00 NOTE:
There is an additional fee of $11.95 for new license applications to cover IDEMIA Electronic Fingerprinting. There is also an extra Indiana Government fee to cover processing costs. The fee varies by license type.

Local Fees
Any local fees cannot be paid online. You will need to contact your sheriff and ask about their policies for local fee payments.

Duplicates
There is a fee of $20 for all duplicates. This fee also applies to anyone with exempt status.

Refunds
If a license is not issued then a partial refund is allowed on local fees and the whole state fee is refundable.
Hunting & Target (no current license) | Permit to carry (handguns) State Fee: $25.00; Local Fee: $50.00/$30.00 refundable $170.00 NOTE:
There is an additional fee of $11.95 for new license applications to cover IDEMIA Electronic Fingerprinting. There is also an extra Indiana Government fee to cover processing costs. The fee varies by license type.

Local Fees
Any local fees cannot be paid online. You will need to contact your sheriff and ask about their policies for local fee payments.

Duplicates
There is a fee of $20 for all duplicates. This fee also applies to anyone with exempt status.

Refunds
If a license is not issued then a partial refund is allowed on local fees and the whole state fee is refundable.
Hunting & Target (current Indiana license) | Permit to carry (handguns) State Fee: $20.00; Local Fee: $40.00/$30.00 refundable $170.00 NOTE:
There is an additional fee of $11.95 for new license applications to cover IDEMIA Electronic Fingerprinting. There is also an extra Indiana Government fee to cover processing costs. The fee varies by license type.

Local Fees
Any local fees cannot be paid online. You will need to contact your sheriff and ask about their policies for local fee payments.

Duplicates
There is a fee of $20 for all duplicates. This fee also applies to anyone with exempt status.

Refunds
If a license is not issued then a partial refund is allowed on local fees and the whole state fee is refundable.
Personal Protection (no current license) | Permit to carry (handguns) State Fee: $75.00; Local Fee: $50.00/$30.00 refundable $170.00 NOTE:
There is an additional fee of $11.95 for new license applications to cover IDEMIA Electronic Fingerprinting. There is also an extra Indiana Government fee to cover processing costs. The fee varies by license type.

Local Fees
Any local fees cannot be paid online. You will need to contact your sheriff and ask about their policies for local fee payments.

Duplicates
There is a fee of $20 for all duplicates. This fee also applies to anyone with exempt status.

Refunds
If a license is not issued then a partial refund is allowed on local fees and the whole state fee is refundable.
Personal Protection (current Indiana license) | Permit to carry (handguns) State Fee: $60.00; Local Fee: $40.00/$30.00 refundable $170.00 NOTE:
There is an additional fee of $11.95 for new license applications to cover IDEMIA Electronic Fingerprinting. There is also an extra Indiana Government fee to cover processing costs. The fee varies by license type.

Local Fees
Any local fees cannot be paid online. You will need to contact your sheriff and ask about their policies for local fee payments.

Duplicates
There is a fee of $20 for all duplicates. This fee also applies to anyone with exempt status.

Refunds
If a license is not issued then a partial refund is allowed on local fees and the whole state fee is refundable.
Duplicate | Permit to carry (handguns) $20.00 $170.00 NOTE:
There is an additional fee of $11.95 for new license applications to cover IDEMIA Electronic Fingerprinting. There is also an extra Indiana Government fee to cover processing costs. The fee varies by license type.

Local Fees
Any local fees cannot be paid online. You will need to contact your sheriff and ask about their policies for local fee payments.

Duplicates
There is a fee of $20 for all duplicates. This fee also applies to anyone with exempt status.

Refunds
If a license is not issued then a partial refund is allowed on local fees and the whole state fee is refundable.
Retired Law Enforcement Officer | Permit to carry (handguns) Exempt $170.00 NOTE:
There is an additional fee of $11.95 for new license applications to cover IDEMIA Electronic Fingerprinting. There is also an extra Indiana Government fee to cover processing costs. The fee varies by license type.

Local Fees
Any local fees cannot be paid online. You will need to contact your sheriff and ask about their policies for local fee payments.

Duplicates
There is a fee of $20 for all duplicates. This fee also applies to anyone with exempt status.

Refunds
If a license is not issued then a partial refund is allowed on local fees and the whole state fee is refundable.
Retired Corrections Officer | Permit to carry (handguns) Exempt $170.00 NOTE:
There is an additional fee of $11.95 for new license applications to cover IDEMIA Electronic Fingerprinting. There is also an extra Indiana Government fee to cover processing costs. The fee varies by license type.

Local Fees
Any local fees cannot be paid online. You will need to contact your sheriff and ask about their policies for local fee payments.

Duplicates
There is a fee of $20 for all duplicates. This fee also applies to anyone with exempt status.

Refunds
If a license is not issued then a partial refund is allowed on local fees and the whole state fee is refundable.
Firearms Dealer | Permit to carry (handguns) $60.00 $170.00 NOTE:
There is an additional fee of $11.95 for new license applications to cover IDEMIA Electronic Fingerprinting. There is also an extra Indiana Government fee to cover processing costs. The fee varies by license type.

Local Fees
Any local fees cannot be paid online. You will need to contact your sheriff and ask about their policies for local fee payments.

Duplicates
There is a fee of $20 for all duplicates. This fee also applies to anyone with exempt status.

Refunds
If a license is not issued then a partial refund is allowed on local fees and the whole state fee is refundable.

Places Where You Can & Can’t Carry a Gun in Indiana

Allowed Forbidden
State parks In or On School Property - (locked in a vehicle is OK)
State and national forests On a school bus
Road side rest areas In or on property that is being used by a school for a school function
Vehicle Private School
If you are transporting a person to or from a school or a school function Head Start
All areas of the state not listed as Forbidden 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

Indiana CCW Contact

Indiana Bureau of Firearms

Hours

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Contact

Address: Indiana Government Center North
Indiana State Police
Firearms License Unit
100 N. Senate Avenue, Suite N302
City: Indianapolis IN 46204
Phone: (317) 232-8264

CCW Licensing Offices in Indiana

Indiana State Police

Office Address
Firearms License Unit 100 N. Senate Ave, Suite N302 Indianapolis IN 46204

Phone
(317) 232-8264

Show on Map

Reference Links