Indiana provides that a child’s parent or legal guardian commits the crime of “dangerous control of a child” if he or she knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly permits the child (defined as a person under age 18;1 ) to possess a firearm, either:

  • While aware of a substantial risk that the child will use the firearm to commit a felony; and
  • While failing to make reasonable efforts to prevent the use of a firearm by the child to commit a felony; or
  • When the child has been convicted of a crime of violence or has been adjudicated as a juvenile for an offense that would constitute a crime of violence if the child were an adult;2

In addition, an adult who knowingly or intentionally provides a firearm to a child for any purpose other than those specified3 commits “dangerous control of a firearm,” a Class C felony.4

A child who knowingly or intentionally provides a firearm to another child with or without remuneration for any purpose other than those described in section 35-47-10-1, with or without remuneration, commits “dangerous possession of a firearm,” a Class A misdemeanor.5

Firearms in youth camps must be locked in cabinets or buildings.6 Caregivers in child care homes must keep all ammunition and firearms in a locked area inaccessible to children whenever children are present.7 Providers at certain child care facilities must ensure that firearms and ammunition are secured in a locked area, by key or combination, where children cannot gain access.8

See our Child Access Prevention policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. See Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-10-3. ⤴︎
  2. Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-10-7. ⤴︎
  3. See the exceptions to the child possession and transfer restrictions at Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-10-1. ⤴︎
  4. Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-10-6. ⤴︎
  5. Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-10-5(b). ⤴︎
  6. 410 Ind. Admin. Code 6-7.2-21(g). ⤴︎
  7. 470 Ind. Admin. Code 3-1.1-48(e). ⤴︎
  8. 470 Ind. Admin. Code 3-18-10(a). ⤴︎