As we wrote about last month, there are only two ways to legally possess a gun in a public place in Indiana: obtain a License To Carry or become a licensed professional. A licensed professional, in this case, means a law enforcement officer. Short of that, the only way to legally possess a gun in Indiana anywhere other than your own home, a shooting range, or a legal hunting situation is to obtain an Indiana License To Carry.
The License To Carry application is not particularly strict, since Indiana has some of the most lenient gun laws in the entire nation. However, the Indiana state official government website states that there are so many applicants that the process is backlogged and takes some time to complete. If you are interested in obtaining a License To Carry, consider applying sooner rather than later.
It is also worth noting that not all Indiana citizens are eligible to receive a License To Carry. You are not eligible if you are under eighteen years of age, have had a previous License To Carry suspended, have been convicted of a felony, or have been arrested for a felony involving violence.
There are three main steps to the License To Carry application process. The first step is filling out the Handgun License Application. This is done online at the Indiana State Police Handgun Licensing Portal. The application will ask for your personal information, address, employer’s information, and criminal history.
After submitting the Handgun License Application, you have one hundred and eighty days to complete the remaining two steps. The second step is going to a local official location and getting your fingerprints scanned. The fingerprint appointment must be scheduled online in advance.
The third and final step of the License To Carry application process is to visit your local police office. They will interview you and may complete some additional information. Once all three steps are complete, your application will be sent to the Indiana State Police for a final review. Whether approved or denied, you will receive your application response in the mail. If your application was denied, you can appeal the decision.
It is important to note that your License To Carry applies only to Indiana. It does not give you the right to legally possess a gun in any other state or transport your gun outside of Indiana’s borders. Additionally, the Indiana police are frequently stating that there is no law that makes it illegal to hold a gun while wearing a mask. Your License To Carry in no way interferes with following any local mask mandates.If you want to legally possess a handgun in Indiana, starting the License To Carry application process is a good idea. With how backed up things have been, it might be a while before you hear back one way or another. For help with any criminal charges, contact Blankenship Law today! When your life is on the line, we’ve got your back.