Indiana Gun Laws

In 2022, Indiana repealed its law that required a person carrying a handgun in public to obtain a license. As of July 1, 2022, anyone 18 years-of-age or older who is not prohibited from possession by state or federal law may carry a handgun in public.

Who is prohibited?

The following persons may NOT carry a handgun:

  • A person who is less than eighteen (18) years of age
  • A person who is less than twenty-three (23) years of age and has an adjudication as a delinquent child for an offense that would be considered a felony if committed by an adult
  • A person who has been Convicted of a State or Federal offense Punishable By A Term Of Imprisonment Exceeding One (1) Year
  • A person who has been Convicted of a Crime of Domestic Violence, Domestic Battery or Criminal Stalking (and Firearms Rights NOT Restored)
  • A person Restrained by an Order of Protection
  • A Fugitive From Justice
  • A person under Indictment (felony charges filed by a prosecutor)
  • A person who has been adjudicated dangerous, a mental defective; or committed to a mental institution
  • A person dishonorably discharged from military service or the National Guard
  • A person who renounces their United States citizenship
  • An alien (defined as someone who has entered the United States without inspection and authorization by an immigration officer; and has not been paroled into the United States under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act; a nonimmigrant whose authorized period of stay has expired, or who has violated the terms of the nonimmigrant category under which the person was admitted; a person paroled under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act whose period of parole has expired; or been terminated; and a person subject to an order of deportation, exclusion, or removal, or to depart the United States voluntarily), regardless of whether or not the person has left the United States


  • An adult cannot sell or transfer a gun to someone younger than 18, unless there is a parent-child or guardian relationship present.
  • Persons under 18 are also prohibited from selling or providing a firearm to another person under 18.
  • You also cannot legally sell or transfer ownership of a handgun to someone ineligible to purchase one from a dealer or someone who intends to use it to commit a crime.


  • A person under 18 may not possess a firearm except when supervised and at his or her residence or on property owned by a parent or guardian, or, for purposes of hunting, target shooting or safety training.
  • You don't need a permit to own a rifle, shotgun, or handgun in Indiana. There's also no requirement to register a gun in Indiana.
  • A "serious violent felon" or a person convicted of domestic battery may not possess a firearm in Indiana.
  • A domestic violence offender can have his or her right to own a gun legally restored after petitioning a court, but that can occur no sooner than five years after a conviction.
  • A "serious violent offender" is described as someone who has been convicted of a crime, such as murder, voluntary manslaughter, battery, kidnapping, rape, or robbery, or has attempted to commit or conspired to commit such a crime.

Places where gun owners cannot carry

  • Private businesses may prohibit guns on their premises.
  • No one can carry a gun on school property (including preschools), on a school bus, or on property being used for a school function, unless that person has been authorized to do so by the school board.
  • There are other places where even licensed gun owners cannot carry a weapon, such as aircrafts or in controlled access areas of airports, riverboat casinos, the Indiana State Fair, and at courthouses and the Indiana Statehouse and Government Center — as well as any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law.