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Indiana Firearm FAQ's


State Researcher
Apr 18, 2007
, Indiana, USA
imported post

This might be helpful to anyone who has questions about firearms in Indiana, certainly it doesn't cover everything, but does have quite a bit of information.

Also, don't flame me for this being long, it took quite a bit of time to get it formated so it would be easy enough to read.

Note: Indiana Statutes can be looked up online at www.in.gov/legislative/.

How do I apply for a handgun license?

The relevant statute is IC 35-47-2-3.

The application is really a two part process beginning with a recommendation from your local law enforcement agency and then the application is sent to the Indiana State Police. The Indiana State Police Superintendent is charged with the responsibility of actually issuing the license and administering the licensing program.

If you live in a city or town, then you must begin the application process with the police department in that city or town. If you do not live in a city or town, then you must begin the process with the sheriff of the county in which you reside. The local department will charge a fee at that time; however, another fee will have to be provided to the state when it is forwarded to the State Police. Please see the fee schedule at the bottom of the FAQ page. Please understand that if someone else types your application for you, you are responsible for reviewing and verifying that the information on the application is correct before you sign the application.

Some local departments will mail the application to the Indiana State Police for you and others will have you mail it.

An application is currently composed of three separate documents: 1) the original application, 2) the supplemental application, and 3) a blue FBI applicant fingerprint card.

The first is the application itself, which is composed of three carbonless sheets. The white copy is sent to the state after being completed and signed by the chief of police, town marshal, or sheriff over the jurisdiction in which you reside. The yellow copy is retained by the local agency and the pink copy is your receipt. The class of license you are applying for will actually be selected on the supplemental application.

The supplemental form is one sheet and contains the lifetime handgun license selections and the fee schedule that began July 1, 2006.

Finally a fingerprint card must be completed. Please make sure that all identifiers on the fingerprint card are competed or the application packet will be returned to you.

A money order or certified check made payable to the state of Indiana for the proper amount must be included.

How do I get a duplicate handgun license?

Complete the “Duplicate Handgun License Request and Notification of Name or Address Change Form” and mail it to the firearms section with a money order for $20. If it is hand written, please make sure that it is printed and legible.

My name or address has changed. Do I have to pay for a duplicate license?

No. Complete the “Duplicate Handgun License Request and Notification of Name or Address Change Form” and mail or fax the form to the firearms section. Check that you are notifying the section of your information change only. The change will be made in the firearms database and there is no fee for this service. If you want a license issued with the changes on it, then yes, the $20 fee for the duplicate license does apply.

Does the State Police set the fees for handgun licenses?

No. The fees for handgun licenses are established in state statute. Laws in the state are passed by the legislature (Fees: IC 35-47-2-3 & 4).

How long does it normally take to receive a handgun license?

If the form is completed properly and the applicant has no background problems, the license is routinely issued in 4 to 8 weeks; however, do to the response for the new lifetime license, the backlog for issuing licenses is approximately 12-14 weeks. The section apologizes and is taking steps to improve the backlog. Please be aware that improperly completed applications and those with background problems may take longer.

I currently have a handgun license and I want a lifetime license. When can I apply for my lifetime license?

According to IC 35-47-2-6, the period during which an application for the renewal of an existing license may be filed begins one hundred eighty (180) days before the expiration of the existing license.

I am currently a four year personal protection license holder and I want a lifetime license, do I still have to wait within 180 days of my current licenses expiration before I can apply for the lifetime license?

Yes (Re: IC 35-47-2-6).

Who may not be eligible for a license to carry?

IC 35-47-2-3
(g) A license to carry a handgun shall not be issued to any person who:
(1) has been convicted of a felony;
(2) has had a license to carry a handgun suspended, unless the person's license has been reinstated;
(3) is under eighteen (18) years of age;
(4) is under twenty-three (23) years of age if the person has been adjudicated a delinquent child for an act that would be a felony if committed by an adult; or
(5) has 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.
In the case of an arrest under subdivision (5), a license to carry a handgun may be issued to a person who has been acquitted of the specific offense charged or if the charges for the specific offense are dismissed.

How does a conviction of domestic battery affect my right to carry a handgun?

IC 35-47-2-1
Carrying a handgun without a license or by person convicted of domestic battery 35-47-2-1 Sec. 1. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b) and section 2 of this chapter, a person shall not carry a handgun in any vehicle or on or about the person's body, except in the person's dwelling, on the person's property or fixed place of business, without a license issued under this chapter being in the person's possession.
(b) Unless the person's right to possess a firearm has been restored under IC 3-7-13-5 or IC 33-28-4-8, a person who has been convicted of domestic battery under IC 35-42-2-1.3 may not possess or carry a handgun in any vehicle or on or about the person's body in the person's dwelling or on the person's property or fixed place of business.

What is the definition of a “proper person” to be licensed?

35-47-1-7 Sec. 7. "Proper person" means a person who:
(1) does not have a conviction for resisting law enforcement under IC 35-44-3-3 within five (5) years before the person applies for a license or permit under this chapter;
(2) does not have a conviction for a crime for which the person could have been sentenced for more than one (1) year;
(3) does not have a conviction for a crime of domestic violence (as defined in IC 35-41-1-6.3), unless a court has restored the person's right to possess a firearm under IC 3-7-13-5;
(4) is not prohibited by a court order from possessing a handgun;
(5) does not have a record of being an alcohol or drug abuser as defined in this chapter;
(6) does not have documented evidence which would give rise to a reasonable belief that the person has a propensity for violent or emotionally unstable conduct;
(7) does not make a false statement of material fact on the person's application;
(8) does not have a conviction for any crime involving an inability to safely handle a handgun;
(9) does not have a conviction for violation of the provisions of this article within five (5) years of the person's application; or
(10) does 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 twenty-three (23) years of age.

What is the legal definition of a handgun under Indiana Law?

IC 35-47-1-6 "Handgun"
35-47-1-6 Sec. 6. "Handgun" means any firearm:
(1) designed or adapted so as to be aimed and fired from one (1) hand, regardless of barrel length; or
(2) any firearm with:
(A) a barrel less than sixteen (16) inches in length; or
(B) an overall length of less than twenty-six (26) inches.

What states honor my Indiana handgun license?

Indiana honors all other states handgun licenses. Not all other states honor Indiana’s license. Websites and organizations such as the NRA do attempt to track this information. Each state regulates this area differently and there is no obligation for one state to notify another state of any change in their law; therefore the department does not attempt to track this information.

I am a resident of another state and I have a valid handgun license issued by my home state. Does Indiana honor my states license?

Yes. Indiana honors valid handgun licenses issued by another state.

IC 35-47-2-21 Recognition of retail dealers' licenses and licenses to carry handguns issued by other states
35-47-2-21 Sec. 21.
(a) Retail dealers' licenses issued by other states or foreign countries will not be recognized in Indiana except for sales at wholesale.
(b) 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.

Does the state regulate the purchasing of handguns?

The relevant chapter in statute is IC 35-47-2.5

The state does require handgun dealers to have an Indiana dealer’s license. Indiana law requires the dealer to complete a check through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and for prospective purchasers to complete federal form 4473 on each purchase.

Why do you not wait to cash my check until you process the application?

Indiana Board of Accounts procedures require the money be deposited within 24 hours.

I have a felony record, can I possess a firearm?

No, federal law prohibits a convicted felon from owning a firearm.

I have a felony record, can I possess a cap and ball musket?

Yes, unless your felony conviction is for a crime listed under IC 35-47-4-5.

Does Indiana state law define areas where it is illegal to carry a handgun even with a permit?

Yes, and for your information the following state statutes and administrative code references are provided. Please be aware that local municipalities and counties may have enacted ordinances that are not listed, primarily limiting firearms in public buildings and property. Also, the right to carry a firearm may be restricted on private property and businesses by the owners. Be attentive for signs warning of restricted areas when carrying firearms into public places.

School Property

IC 35-47-9 Chapter 9. Possession of Firearms on School Property and School Buses

IC 35-47-9-1 Exemptions from chapter
35-47-9-1 Sec. 1. This chapter does not apply to the following:
(1) A: (A) federal;
(B) state; or
(C) local;
law enforcement officer.
(2) A person who has been employed or authorized by:
(A) a school; or
(B) another person who owns or operates property being used by a school for a school function;
to act as a security guard, perform or participate in a school function, or participate in any other activity authorized by a school.
(3) A person who:
(A) may legally possess a firearm; and
(B) possesses the firearm in a motor vehicle that is being operated by the person to transport another person to or from a school or a school function.

IC 35-47-9-2
Possession of firearms on school property, at school function, or on school bus; felony 35-47-9-2 Sec. 2. A person who possesses a firearm:
(1) in or on school property;
(2) in or on property that is being used by a school for a school function; or
(3) on a school bus; commits a Class D felony.

Airports and Aircraft

IC 35-47-6 Chapter 6. Weapons on Aircraft

IC 35-47-6-0.5 Applicability of chapter
35-47-6-0.5 Sec. 0.5. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), this chapter does not apply to an official or employee:
(1) of:
(A) the United States;
(B) a state or political subdivision of a state;
(C) an operator (as defined in IC 5-23-2-8); or
(D) any other entity that has been granted statutory authority to enforce the penal laws of Indiana;
(2) who has been granted the power to effect arrests under Indiana law; and
(3) who has been authorized by the official's or employee's agency or employer to carry firearms.
(b) An individual described in subsection (a) is subject to the applicable regulations of the United States concerning the possession and carriage of firearms on aircraft or in areas of an airport to which access is controlled by the inspection of persons and property.

IC 35-47-6-1 Firearm, explosive, or deadly weapon; possession in commercial or chartered aircraft
35-47-6-1 Sec. 1. A person who boards a commercial or charter aircraft having in his possession:
(1) a firearm;
(2) an explosive; or
(3) any other deadly weapon;
commits a Class C felony.

IC 35-47-6-1.1
Undisclosed transport of dangerous device

35-47-6-1.1 Sec. 1.1. (a) As used in this section, "dangerous device" means:
(1) a firearm;
(2) a destructive device (as defined in IC 35-47.5-2-4); or
(3) a weapon of mass destruction (IC 35-41-1-29.4).
(b) A person who checks an item to be transported on a commercial passenger airline and who:
(1) knows the item contains a dangerous device; and
(2) knowingly or intentionally fails to disclose orally or in writing to the person to whom possession of the item is delivered for carriage that the item contains a dangerous device; commits undisclosed transport of a dangerous device, a Class A misdemeanor.

IC 35-47-6-1.3 Firearm, explosive, or deadly weapon; possession in controlled access areas of an airport
35-47-6-1.3 Sec. 1.3. A person who knowingly or intentionally enters an area of an airport to which access is controlled by the inspection of persons and property while the person:
(1) possesses:
(A) a firearm;
(B) an explosive; or
(C) any other deadly weapon; or
(2) has access to property that contains:
(A) a firearm;
(B) an explosive; or
(C) any other deadly weapon;
commits a Class A misdemeanor.

Off Road Vehicles

IC 14-16-1
Chapter 1. Off-Road Vehicles

IC 14-16-1-23 Restrictions on operation
(9) While transporting on or in the vehicle a firearm unless the firearm is: (A) unloaded; and (B) securely encased or equipped with and made inoperative by a manufactured
(b) Subsection (a)(9) does not apply to a person who is carrying a handgun if the person: (1) has been issued an unlimited handgun license to carry a handgun under IC 35-47-2; or (2) is not required to possess a license to carry a handgun under IC 35-47-2-2.

Weapons on Riverboats (Casinos)

Rule 7. Weapons
68 IAC 1-7-1 Weapons on the riverboat

Authority: IC 4-33-4-1; IC 4-33-4-2; IC 4-33-4-3
Affected: IC 4-33-8; IC 35-41-1-17

Sec. 1. (a) The following definitions apply throughout this rule:
(1) "Federal enforcement officer" has the meaning set forth in 5 U.S.C. 8331 or IC 35-41-1-17, or both.
(2) "Law enforcement officer" has the meaning set forth in IC 35-41-1-17.
(3) "Security personnel" means an employee of the riverboat licensee or a supplier licensee who:
(A) holds the appropriate level of occupational license under IC 4-33-8 and 68 IAC 2-3; and
(B) is employed in the riverboat licensee's security department or by a supplier licensee that contractually provides security services to a riverboat licensee.
(b) No individual other than an enforcement agent shall carry a weapon on board the riverboat. A law enforcement officer or a federal enforcement officer:
(1) whose sole purpose for being on the riverboat is the performance of official duties; and
(2) who has advised the enforcement agent or the commission that the officer will be on board the riverboat; shall be allowed to carry a weapon on board the riverboat.
(c) The riverboat licensee shall post a sign in a prominent place at the point of passenger ingress stating, "No weapons are allowed beyond this point. Failure to comply with this rule may result in the immediate removal from the riverboat, immediate detention by security personnel, the imposition of civil penalties, or exclusion under IC 4-33.".
(d) The riverboat licensee shall provide a secure place to which patrons do not have access to store weapons checked by:
(1) patrons;
(2) off duty law enforcement officers; or
(3) off duty federal enforcement officers.
(e) Security personnel may carry a weapon on board the riverboat during times that patrons are not present.

(Indiana Gaming Commission; 68 IAC 1-7-1; filed Jun 23, 1995, 2:30 p.m.: 18 IR 2649; readopted filed Oct 15, 2001, 4:34 p.m.: 25 IR 898; filed Dec 18, 2006, 1:16 p.m.: 20070117-IR-068060190FRA)

DNR Property

312 IAC 8-2-3

Please go to the Legislative Service website to search for latest information on this administrative code ( http://www.in.gov/legislative/iac/ ).