State Law Background
Among other things, Indiana:
- Requires retail handgun dealers to obtain a state license; and
- Prohibits domestic violence misdemeanants from purchasing or possessing firearms.
Indiana does not, however:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between private parties;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- License firearm owners;
- Require the registration of firearms;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases; or
- Regulate unsafe handguns.
Local governments in Indiana generally lack authority to regulate firearms or ammunition, and the state requires local law enforcement to issue a concealed handgun license to any applicant who meets certain basic qualifications.
In 2015, Indiana had the 21st highest rate of gun deaths per capita among the states. Indiana also supplied the 10th highest number of crime guns to other states per capita between 2010 and 2015.
Indiana Firearms Laws
For details about specific firearms laws in Indiana, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.