Summary of Pertinent Indiana Gun Laws


* This information is only to paraphrase the most common gun laws of Indiana.
* Ultimately it is up to you to read the laws and know your rights.
* We encourage interested persons to read and research the laws for themselves and make an informed decision for you and the preservation of your family.

Automatic VS. Semi-Automatic Weapon

- “Automatic” means a person can hold the trigger down on a gun and it will continuously fire until empty. These types of weapons have been heavily restricted by the Federal Government and nearly impossible for citizens to own since the 1930s, despite what the media portrays. Automatic weapons can be purchased only after extensive federal paperwork and approval has been given. The rest of this flier pertains to semi-automatic firearms only.
– “Semi Automatic” means for every pull of the trigger, one bullet is fired.

Long Guns (carbines, rifles, & shotguns)

- A person of any age can own or carry a long gun, except convicted felons.
– There is no paperwork that exists regarding permission to own or carry a long gun.
– Private sales. Any 2 Indiana residents can sell Long Guns between themselves without any paperwork, or government intervention of any kind. As long as you do not suspect the buyer is a convicted felon.
– Dealer sales. A background check must be done if you buy a long gun from a dealer. All dealers are regulated by the Federal Government via a Federal Firearms License (FFL).

Hand Guns (pistols & revolvers)

- A person of any age can own a handgun, except convicted felons.
– There is no “license to own” a handgun. There is a “License to Carry a Handgun” (LTCH).
– On your own property you do not have to have any paperwork regarding use or ownership of a handgun.
– You may transport a firearm to a shooting range or gunsmith without a state-issued license, it must be unloaded, and properly stowed in a secure container.
– Underage persons may own a handgun if it was given as a gift from their parents/guardians.
– Private sales. Any 2 Indiana residents (18 or older) can sell Handguns between themselves without any paperwork, or government intervention of any kind. As long as you do not suspect the buyer is a convicted felon or not a proper person.
– Dealer sales. Must be 21 to purchase from a dealer. A background check must be performed by the dealer.

Carrying in Public

- Carrying Long Guns. It is legal to walk in a public area with a long gun. It is an act that is not restricted by any level of government.
– Carrying Handguns. You must have a License to Carry a Handgun (LTCH) if you would like to exercise your right to carry a handgun in public.
– Open Carry. There is no distinguishing between Concealed Carry (CC) and Open Carry (OC) in the State of Indiana. Therefore with a LTCH, you can open or conceal carry anywhere firearms are not restricted by law.
– Needless to say, being careless and/or pointing your weapon at someone may constitute a threat, so unholstering/pointing should only be done when someone’s life is at stake.
– There are certain places you are not allowed to carry your gun, even with a LTCH. Federal buildings, government buildings with courts, post offices,  schools, colleges. Schools, for example, have proven to be easy targets for mass-murderers, because Federal law prohibits anyone else within 1000-ft from the school can be armed; the only thing that typically stops them is when they finally run out of ammo.
– A LTCH is obtained by applying for one at your local police or sheriffs department. You will be fingerprinted and will have to pay fees to the government in order to exercise your rights. After applying it takes a few weeks before you receive your license in the mail. Currently a Lifetime LTCH is available in Indiana.
– Any person over 18 years old without a felony can get their LTCH. It is a peculiar rule that you can carry your handgun before you can purchase one (age 21) via a dealer. (Buying one privately is legal.)
– It is always your responsibility to know the rules and laws before you act.


- There is no such thing as gun registration in Indiana. The government does not have a database of who owns what.
– Gun dealers are required to keep records of purchases stored on site for a period of 10 years.

Indiana’s Castle Doctrine

- The Castle Doctrine protects people who have to use force in self-defense situations while on their own property. The intention is to avoid lawsuits filed by a wounded burglar against a homeowner whom he was robbing.
– To sum it up, it says that in Indiana you DO NOT have the “Duty to Retreat” and may defend life and property against immediate threats. Mainly a provision written for situations defending yourself in your home or vehicle, particularly when police are only able to respond after the incident has occurred.

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