With some exceptions, Indiana generally prohibits a person from owning or possessing any machine gun or operating a loaded machine gun.1 However, this prohibition does not apply to any person possessing a machine gun “under applicable federal statutes.”2 Federal law generally allows private citizens to possess machine guns manufactured prior to May 19, 1986 so long as they are registered. In addition, Indiana requires state law enforcement officers to issue a certification if requested by an individual so the individual can obtain a machine gun or other federally regulated firearm (as long as the individual is not prohibited by law from possessing the firearm, or the subject of a proceeding that could result in the individual being prohibited).3 Law enforcement officers in Indiana may be held personally liable for willful violations of the law requiring them to issue certifications.4

See our Machine Guns policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. Ind. Code Ann. §§ 35-47-5-8, 35-47-9. ⤴︎
  2. Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-5-10(7). ⤴︎
  3. Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-8.5. ⤴︎
  4. Ind. Code Ann. §35-47-8.5-4. ⤴︎