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Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & Gun Laws

Carry allowed with my Indiana permit?
No
Yes
Yes, Permitless Carry
Yes, Selected State
870k
Permits Issued
50
STATES HONORED
32
RECIPROCATING STATES
6.7M
STATE POPULATION
18
MINIMUM AGE TO CC
16
ATTORNEYS IN USCCA NETWORK
12.98%
PERMIT PERCENTAGE
5
YEARS PERMIT VALID
90
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Summary of Indiana Gun Laws

Indiana is a shall-issue state with permits being issued by the Indiana State Police.

There is no permit required to purchase a firearm, and firearms do not need to be registered. Only Indiana residents or residents of neighboring states who are at least 18 years old can buy long guns. To buy a handgun, you must be at least 21 years old and a resident of Indiana. 

Open carry and concealed carry are legal in Indiana with a license to carry. The Indiana License to Carry a Handgun (LCH) is valid for open, concealed and locked-case carry. The minimum age is 18 years old, and there is no requirement for firearms training. Some areas are off-limits, including school property, school buses and riverboat casinos. Non-residents must have a valid concealed carry license from their home state in order to conceal or open carry. In terms of reciprocity, Indiana honors permits from all states and jurisdictions. 

Indiana is a Castle Doctrine state and has a “stand your ground” law. The law provides, in part, that a person is justified in using reasonable force against any other person to protect the person or a third person from what the person reasonably believes to be the imminent use of unlawful force. However, a person is justified in using deadly force, and does not have a duty to retreat, if the person “reasonably believes” that deadly force is necessary to prevent serious bodily injury to the person or a third person or the commission of a forcible felony. The law makes it clear that no person in this state shall be placed in legal jeopardy of any kind whatsoever for protecting the person or a third person by reasonable means necessary. As of July 1, 2019, HB-1284 went into effect which provides immunity for justified use of force in certain instances. It requires a court to award, in certain instances, reasonable attorney’s fees and costs to a defendant when the justified use of force immunity is successfully raised. 

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Indiana Gun Laws at a Glance

Open Carry/ Concealed Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Indiana allow constitutional carry?

No. Indiana does not allow constitutional carry.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Indiana?

Yes. Open carry is permitted with a concealed carry license.

Gun Permit Licensure?

If Indiana requires a permit to carry a concealed firearm, how are those permits issued?

Indiana is a shall issue state.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in Indiana to get a concealed carry permit?

You must be at least 18 years old to get a concealed carry permit in Indiana.

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you concealed carry weapons other than handguns in Indiana with a concealed carry permit (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

No. A concealed carry permit in Indiana does not allow the carry of weapons other than handguns.

Tasers or Stun Guns?

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Indiana?

Yes. Stun guns and Tasers are legal to purchase and possess without a permit. The minimum age is 18 years old.

[IC § 35-47-8-5]

Non-Resident Permitting?

Does Indiana issue concealed carry permits to non-residents?

Yes. Non-resident permits are granted for out-of-state residents who have a regular place of business or employment in Indiana.

Public Access to Concealed Carry Registry?

Does Indiana allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No. However, concealed carry registry information is available for law enforcement.

Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle in Indiana?

Yes, with a valid concealed carry license. Without a permit, handguns must be unloaded, not readily accessible and secured in a case.

[Ind. Code § 35.47.2.1]

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Indiana?

Yes. Concealed carry is permitted at roadside rest areas in Indiana.

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Indiana?

Yes. Carry in parks is allowed, except for a reservoir owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or Falls of the Ohio State Park.

[DNR Admin Rule 312 IAC §]

Carry in Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol in Indiana?

Yes. Concealed carry is allowed in restaurants that serve alcohol, if one has a valid concealed carry permit, unless posted.

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Indiana have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

No person may adopt or enforce an ordinance, resolution, policy or rule that prohibits an employee 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. This restriction does not apply in various, specifically named locations including school property and private residences (see section (2)(b) for the list of locations).

[Ind. Code Ann. § 34-28-7-2.]

Additional Related State Laws

Must Notify Officer You're Carrying?

Are you required to notify a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Indiana?

No. It’s not addressed in Statute.

[Ind. Code § 35.47.2.1]

Magazine Limits for Handguns?

Does Indiana have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No. There are no magazine capacity restrictions for handguns in Indiana.

Ammunition Restrictions?

Does Indiana have ammunition restrictions?

Yes. Armor-piercing handgun ammunition is prohibited.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Indiana? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

No. "No Weapons Allowed" signs are not enforced in Indiana.

Preemption?

Does Indiana have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes. The authority to regulate firearms is reserved to the state, except local municipalities may prohibit the possession of a handgun in buildings containing courtrooms. There are several other areas they may restrict, however, none of the following apply to concealed carry permittees. These include the following:

  • Municipalities may enforce restrictions imposed by organizers of events on property leased by local governments;
  • Municipalities may enforce a provision prohibiting or restricting the possession of a firearm in county hospitals; and
  • Municipalities may prohibit the possession of firearms in buildings owned by the locality if metal detection devices are located at each public entrance and are staffed by at least one law enforcement officer to inspect people and bags.

[Ind. Code § 35.47.11.1.2]

Red Flag Law?

Does Indiana have a red flag law?

Yes. A law enforcement officer to file a sworn affidavit with a court for the seizure of firearms.

[Ind. Code § 35-47-14-2]

Carry While Using Alcohol or Prescription Medication?

Does Indiana have laws regarding carrying a firearm while using alcohol or prescription medication?

Not addressed in state statutes.

As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.

Handgun Purchase & Possession

Purchase Permits?

Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in Indiana?

No. A permit is not required to purchase a handgun in Indiana.

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales?

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Indiana?

No. The buyer must be 18 years old and the seller must not have reasonable cause to believe the buyer has been convicted of a felony, is mentally incompetent or abuses drugs or alcohol.

Waiting Period?

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Indiana?

No. There is no waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Indiana.

Handgun Registration?

Do handguns need to be registered in Indiana?

No. Handguns do not need to be registered in Indiana.

Minimum Age to Possess and Transport?

What is the minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in Indiana?

18 years old. The minimum age to possess and transport a gun in Indiana is 18 years old.

[IC § 35-47-2-7]

Carry While Hunting

Carry While Gun Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while shotgun/rifle hunting in Indiana?

Yes, an individual may carry a handgun while hunting without a handgun license in accordance with Indiana Code 35-47-2-1. However, it is not legal to take a deer with a handgun except during the firearms and special antlerless seasons, and during the muzzleloader season with a muzzleloading handgun, and in compliance with DNR regulations.

[IN Dept of Natural Resources Deer, Turkey and Hunting/Trapping Guides]

Carry While Bow Hunting?

Can you concealed carry while bowhunting in Indiana?

Yes, however, it is not legal to take a deer with a handgun while bow hunting.

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State Constitutional Provision
The people shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the State."
ARTICLE 1, § 32

Indiana Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Indiana honor?

Indiana honors resident and non-resident permits from all states and jurisdictions. 

Territories: Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands


Other States' Reciprocity With Indiana

Which states honor permits from Indiana?

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.


States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Indiana

Colorado (resident permits only and at least 21 years old)
Florida (resident permits only and at least 21 years old)
Georgia (at least 21 years old)
Idaho (at least 21 years old)
Iowa (at least 21 years old)
Louisiana (at least 21 years old)
Michigan (resident permits only and at least 21 years old)
North Carolina (at least 21 years old)
Ohio (at least 21 years old)
Oklahoma (at least 21 years old)
Pennsylvania (resident permits only and least 21 years old)
Tennessee (at least 21 years old)
Texas (at least 21 years old)
Utah (at least 21 years old)
Virginia (at least 21 years old)
Wisconsin (at least 21 years old)
Wyoming (at least 21 years old)

Permitless Carry States

Anyone who can legally possess a firearm may carry it concealed in permitless carry states without a permit/license. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Arizona (if at least 21 years old)
Alaska (if at least 21 years old)
Arkansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kansas (if at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (if at least 21 years old)
Maine (if at least 21 years old)
Mississippi (if at least 21 years old)
Missouri (if at least 19 years old)
New Hampshire (if at least 18 years old)
South Dakota (if at least 18 years old)
Vermont (if at least 18 years old)
West Virginia (if at least 21 years old)

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Indiana Concealed Carry Permit Information

Requirements:

An applicant must:

  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Have a “proper reason” to carry a handgun ("proper reason" can mean for the defense of oneself or the state of Indiana);
  • Be of good character and reputation;
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a non-citizen of the United States who is allowed to carry a firearm in the United States under federal law; and
  • Be a proper person to be licensed. A "proper person" is someone who​​​​​ does​:​
    • Not have a conviction for resisting law enforcement within the last 5 years;
    • Not have a conviction for a crime for which the person could have been sentenced for more than 1 year;
    • Not have a conviction for a crime of domestic violence, unless a court has restored the person's right to possess a firearm;
    • Not be prohibited by a court order from possessing a handgun;
    • Not have a record of being an alcohol or drug abuser as defined by the state of Indiana;
    • Not have documented evidence which would give rise to a reasonable belief that the person has a propensity for violent or emotionally unstable conduct;
    • Not make a false statement of material fact on the application;
    • Not have a conviction for any crime involving an inability to safely handle a handgun;
    • Not have a conviction for violation of the provisions of Article 47 within 5 years;
    • 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 23 years of age;
    • Not have 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;
    • Not have been the subject of a 90-day commitment or regular commitment; and
    • Not have been found by a court to be mentally incompetent, including being found not guilty by reason of insanity or guilty but too mentally ill or incompetent to stand trial.
  • Not have been convicted of a felony;
  • Not have been arrested for a Class A or Class B felony, or any other felony that was committed while armed with a deadly weapon or that involved the use of violence, if a court has found probable cause to believe that the person committed the offense charged;
  • Not have had a license to carry a handgun suspended, unless the person’s license has been reinstated; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.
Fees:

As of July 1, 2019, HB-1284 went into effect [Ind. Code § 35.47.2.3] which reduced 5 year state license fees to $30 in addition to a $10 local fee. Fees for lifetime licenses range from $60-$75 in addition to local fees of $40-$50.

In addition, all NEW license applications incur a $11.95 fee for IDEMIA Electronic Fingerprinting. Additionally, ALL license applications incur an IN.gov processing fee that varies according to the license type.

Valid For:

As of July 1, 2019, HB-1284 went into effect [Ind. Code § 35.47.2.3] which extended the duration to 5 years.

Processing Time:

60 days

Application:
Non-Resident Concealed Carry Permits:

Out-of-state residents who have a regular place of business or employment in Indiana qualify for a 4-year personal-protection firearm license. Your local agency will be the sheriff of the county in which you have a regular place of business or employment. The following documents will be required: 

  • A notarized out-of-state affidavit form; and 
  • Proof of employment on company letterhead.

The process is the same as for residents.

Name/Address Changes:

To update your name or address on your Indiana Handgun License, log in to the Indiana State Police Handgun Licensing Portal and follow the prompts to update your information.

Lost/Stolen Permits:

To obtain a duplicate Indiana Handgun License, log in to the Indiana State Police Handgun Licensing Portal and follow the prompts to request your duplicate.


Indiana Concealed Carry Permit Application Process

How to Apply for a Indiana Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Complete a Handgun License Application online and, within 90 days, do the following:

Step 2:

Schedule an appointment to electronically submit your fingerprints.

Step 3:

Visit your local sheriff’s department or municipal police office with your application number and your payment.

Step 4:

Your application will be electronically transferred to the IN State Police for final review, and you will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Indiana Licenses to Carry Handguns are either “qualified” or “unlimited.” A qualified license will be issued for hunting and target practice only. An unlimited license is issued for the purpose of the protection of life and property.


Firearms Training Requirements in Indiana

No firearms training is required in Indiana. However, the USCCA recommends that anyone who makes the choice to carry a concealed firearm obtain as much training as possible in order to be a responsibly armed American.

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Indiana Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Process

How to Renew a Indiana Concealed Carry Permit

Step 1:

Complete a Handgun License Application online at the Indiana State Police Handgun Licensing Portal.

Step 2:

Schedule an appointment to submit your fingerprints electronically at a location convenient to you.

Step 3:

Within 90 days you MUST visit your local law enforcement agency and bring your:

  • Handgun License Application Number
  • Local fee payment

Your application WILL EXPIRE 90 days after you submit the application online. If your application expires, you must update your status:

  • Sign in to the Indiana State Police Handgun Licensing Portal.
  • Follow the prompts for duplicate/status update.
Step 4:

If your application is approved, your permit will be sent to you via U.S. Mail.

If your application is rejected, you will be notified via U.S. Mail and will receive instructions on how to file an appeal.


Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details, check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

Indiana adopted Ind. Code §§ 35-47-15-1 through 15-6 that mirror the Federal LEOSA requirements. The Indiana Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) has a retired officer handgun qualification course for police officers in Indiana that have separated from service as qualified RLEOs under Public Law 108-277. Successful completion results in the retiree being issued a LEOSA Training and Qualification Card. This card, when accompanied by a Retired LEO ID, will provide the necessary documentation that the retiree has qualified within the last 12 months. Course dates and qualification information can be found on the ILEA website.


Indiana Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Indiana?
  • Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes, unless posted.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license?  No.
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests, and WMAs? Yes.
  • Carry in places of worship? There is no state statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship. However, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms. Also, if the place of worship has a licensed school, carry is prohibited. However, as of July 1, 2019, HB-1284 [Ind. Code § 35.47.9.1(6)] went into effect which allows a person who may legally possess a firearm to possess a firearm on school property if the person is an employee or volunteer of a house of worship located on the school property or while attending a worship service or religious ceremony conducted at a house of worship.
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Indiana?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license

  • School property, including places of worship with licensed schools, however, as of July 1, 2019, HB-1284 went into effect which allows a person who may legally possess a firearm to possess a firearm on school property if the person is an employee or volunteer of a house of worship located on the school property or while attending a worship service or religious ceremony conducted at a house of worship;
  • School buses;
  • Child caring institutions run or overseen by Child Welfare Services;
  • Indiana State Fair;
  • Indiana State Government Center Campus (Capitol building, State Library, etc.) [25 IAC 8-3-1];
  • Department of Workforce Development [646 IAC 5-13-3];
  • Airports and commercial or charter aircraft [IC 35-47-6-1];
  • Horse tracks;
  • Shipping port controlled by the IN Port Commission;
  • Riverboat casinos [68 IAC 1-7-1];
  • Some courtrooms [IC 35-47-11.1-4]; and
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law or state law or regulation.

FAQ: Indiana Concealed Carry Questions

What Are the Knife Laws in Indiana?

Ballistic knives and throwing stars are illegal. Possession of a knife on school property or on a school bus is illegal.


Related Information & Links for Indiana Gun Laws


Indiana Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details
2019-09-06

Added Carry While Hunting info to At A Glance table

2019-08-13

Added anchor links to various sections below the Summary

2019-08-06

Updated permit fees in the Permit Info section

2019-07-25

Added minimum age to possess and transport a handgun to At A Glance table

2019-07-01

Updated General and Where Can/Can't I Carry sections with HB-1284 info

2019-05-24

Added stun gun/Taser info to At A Glance table

2019-04-29

Added info regarding HB-1284 to Genl, Location Restrictions, and Permit Info sections

2019-04-29

Added permit renewal and name/address change info

2019-04-17

Links checked

2019-03-27

Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)

2019-03-20

Clarified that firearms are prohibited in places of worship with licensed schools in Where I Can/Can't Carry sections

2019-02-20

Added info to vehicle carry in At A Glance table

2019-02-15

Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology

2019-02-09

Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table

2019-02-07

Added red flag law info to At A Glance table

2019-01-25

Links checked

2019-01-25

Added church info to location restrictions section

2019-01-24

Added FAQ about alcohol or prescription medication

2019-01-22

Added the Constitutional provision to bear arms

2019-01-10

Mag limit added to At A Glance table

2018-12-12

Added preemption info to At A Glance table

2018-11-30

Added parking lot info to At A Glance table

2018-11-08

Added FAQ link

2018-10-22

Added initial CCW law and reciprocity information for Indiana

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