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 2016, Indiana had the 18th highest rate of gun deaths per capita among the states. Indiana is also a source of guns used in crimes in other states. Based on 2016 Firearms Trace Data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Indiana ranked 12th in the number of crime guns exported, and exported guns used in crimes at almost three times the rate at which it imported them.
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.