Indiana Gun Laws

Indiana Gun Laws

Indiana State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney                               

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO NO
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO YES

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places


Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

Forcible felony or during hijacking of an airplane

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

No - Dwelling, curtilage, occupied vehicle

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places

No - To terminate unlawful entry into or attack on dwelling, curtilage or occupied vehicle

Immunity from Civil liability


Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law


How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Indiana


Indiana is a Shall Issue State and issues concealed handgun licenses to residents of Indiana as well as out-of-state/non-residents. Shall Issue means that the Chief of Police or Sheriff of the County must issue you a permit after meeting all requirements for an Indiana Handgun Permit. The relevant Indiana statute is IC 35-47-2-3.  A fee is required

Indiana handgun licenses are qualified or unlimited. A qualified license is issued for hunting and target practice. Unlimited licenses shall be issued for the purpose of the protection of life and property.

Click Here for a link to the Indiana Handgun License form

Click Here for the link to the Indiana Handgun License fees

If you prefer not to use the online form, you can contact your local law enforcement agency to determine how to submit the application. If you live outside of an incorporated town or city, Chief of Police,  you can contact the Sheriff's office of the county you live in.

Applications are made through the local Police Department or Sheriff’s department; permits are issued by the Indiana State Police.