New Indiana Gun Permit Laws Effective 07/01/2022
On July 1, 2022, the State of Indiana will no longer require a handgun permit to legally carry, conceal or transport a handgun within the state. This law DOES NOT allow everyone to carry a handgun as Indiana law contains certain criteria which must be met for a person to legally carry within the state.
A person MUST NOT be a PROHIBITED PERSON as defined by IC 35-47-2-1.5. These include:
- A person who has been Convicted of a State or Federal offense Punishable By A Term Of Imprisonment Exceeding One (1) Year;
- A person who has been Convicted of a Crime of Domestic Violence (IC 35-31.5-2-78), Domestic Battery (IC 35-42-2-1.3) or Criminal Stalking (IC 35-45-10-5) (and Firearms Rights NOT Restored);
- A person Restrained by an Order of Protection issued under IC 34-26-5 (does not include Workplace Violence Orders);
- A Fugitive From Justice;
- A person under Indictment (felony charges filed by a prosecutor);
- A person who has been adjudicated dangerous under IC 35-47-14-6;
- A person who has been adjudicated a mental defective;
- A person who has been committed to a mental institution;
- A person dishonorably discharged from military service or the National Guard;
- A person who renounces the person’s United States citizenship in the manner described in 8 U.S.C. 1481;
- A person who is less than eighteen (18) years of age, unless authorized under IC 35-47-10;
- A person who is less than twenty-three (23) years of age and has an adjudication as a delinquent child for an act described by IC 35-47-4-5, unless authorized under IC 35-47-10;
- An Alien.
If you are considering carrying a handgun and are not certain as to whether you fall under one of the above-mentioned categories, the Indiana State Police recommends you apply for a state-issued handgun permit:
- The permit process is free.
- ISP will conduct the necessary background checks to help ensure compliance with IC 35-47-2-1.5 & IC 35-47-1-7.
- The online application can be found at this link ISP Firearms Licensing.
- It may be necessary to have a license to carry if you travel to another state which requires a handgun permit to legally carry and/or transport.
If you are considering carrying a handgun and are not certain as to whether you fall under one of the above-mentioned categories, and you do not wish to apply for a free handgun permit, please note that:
- Law enforcement is not able to verify your compliance with IC 35-47-2-1.5
- It is recommended that you speak to an attorney to determine your personal compliance with IC 35-47-2-1.5 prior to carrying a handgun under this new law.