Many people can carry or possess a gun in the state of Indiana without any problems. However, before you purchase a gun, you should make sure that you are not breaking any laws. Violating state restrictions for gun possession may result in criminal charges.
Do I need a permit to carry a gun in Indiana?
As of July 1, 2022, individuals who do not meet the definition of a “prohibited person” under Indiana law do not need a license or permit to carry a handgun, shotgun or rifle within the state. However, if you are considered a “prohibited person,” it may be in your best interest to apply for a permit to ensure that you are not breaking the law.
Who is considered a “prohibited person?”
There are many possible ways for someone to be classified as a “prohibited person.” A prohibited person may be someone who:
- Is under the age of 18 and does not have proper authorization.
- Has been convicted of a crime that could result in a prison sentence longer than one year.
- Has an order of protection issued against them.
- Has been committed to a mental institution.
- Has a conviction related to domestic violence (and court has not restored their right to possess a firearm).
For a full list of what could make someone a “prohibited person” under law, refer to IC 35-47-2-1.5.
If you are facing gun crime charges, a criminal defense attorney can help defend you in court. Your attorney will come up with a strategy to have your charges dismissed or your sentence reduced.
However, this does not mean that there are not restrictions on your ability to carry a gun. If you have violated state restrictions for gun possession, you may be charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.