Do You Need a Permit to Carry a Handgun in Indiana?
If you plan to carry a handgun for personal protection in Indiana, there are some things you should know.
The Indiana Firearm Law Changed
In 2022 the law changed in Indiana regarding legally carrying a handgun. The new law went into effect beginning July 1st of that year effectively eliminating the need for a permit or license to carry a handgun in the Hoosier State.
What Changed Under the New Law
According to The Gun Owners' Bill of Rights provided by Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, under the new law that went into effect on July 1, 2022, a license or permit is not required to possess or carry a handgun, shotgun, or rifle.
Anyone over the age of 18 who does not fall under what the state calls an "improper person" can not only carry a handgun, shotgun, or rifle in their vehicle without a license or permit, but they can also carry - either openly or concealed - on their person as well.
What Is an "Improper Person?"
According to the Gun Owners' Bill of Rights, an "improper person" includes those with a "felony conviction, domestic violence offense, or has a dangerous mental illness, among other disqualifying reasons." Those who fall under any of those criteria would not be allowed to possess, own, or carry a firearm.
Can I Carry My Firearm Anywhere I Go?
Indiana law makes clear some restrictions to where a person can carry a firearm. For example, Indiana law prohibits firearms in the following locations:
- Secure areas of airports
- Commercial (or chartered) Aircraft
- Indiana State Fairgrounds
- Indiana Government Center
- Any other location where federal law prohibits
What If I Want to Carry in Another State?
While no license or permit is required in Indiana, you may still choose to apply for Free Lifetime Handgun Permit so that you can lawfully carry in other states that observe and accept an Indiana permit. There is no fee associated with applying for the lifetime permit.
To learn more about Indiana's Permitless Carry Law, check out the Gun Owners' Bill of Rights.