Federal law prohibits certain persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, such as felons, certain domestic abusers, and certain people with a history of mental illness.

Under Indiana law, people convicted of domestic battery1 may not possess or carry a firearm unless the person’s right to possess a firearm has been restored.2 Indiana courts may also prohibit certain abusers from possessing firearms in certain domestic violence protective orders.  See Domestic Violence and Firearms in Indiana for more information.

A 2017 law also now generally prohibits aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States from knowingly or intentionally possessing a firearm.3

Indiana prohibits a person from transferring a handgun to an individual whom the transferor knows:

  • Is ineligible for any reason other than the person’s age to receive a handgun from a dealer; or
  • Intends to use the handgun to commit a crime.4

For information on the background check process used to enforce these provisions, see Background Checks in Indiana.

For information about the process by which law enforcement can remove firearms from dangerous individuals, see Disarming Prohibited Persons in Indiana.

See our Prohibited Purchasers policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. Defined at Ind. Code Ann. § 35-42-2-1.3. ⤴︎
  2. Ind. Code Ann. §§ 35-47-2-1(c), 35-47-4-6. ⤴︎
  3. Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-4-8. ⤴︎
  4. Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-2-7(b). ⤴︎