Indiana has some of the most lenient gun laws in the United States, but it is important to follow them correctly. Breaking a gun law in Indiana can leave you facing legal charges, fines, and jail time. Here is our breakdown on how you can legally possess a gun and where you are allowed to have it:
How Can I Lawfully Possess a Gun in Indiana?
In Indiana, you can lawfully possess a gun if you have a License To Carry or you are a licensed professional, such as a law enforcement officer. You can obtain a License To Carry by applying through the Indiana State Police. We will cover more information about the License To Carry process in next month’s Blog. If you do not have a License To Carry, there are still some situations when you can lawfully possess a gun.
What If I Don’t Have a License To Carry?
If you do not have a License To Carry and you are not a licensed professional, there are still some situations where you can legally possess a gun in Indiana. Those situations are:
If you are on your own private property
If you are on someone else’s private property and have their permission
If you are at a shooting range
If you are legally hunting
If you are attending a class to obtain your License To Carry
How Can I Legally Transport My Gun?
In Indiana, people are charged with breaking gun laws just as often in their vehicles as in public. If you are legally allowed to have a gun while hunting, are you legally allowed to transport your gun to your hunting location? It depends on how you carry it.
All guns being transported in a vehicle must be unloaded, inaccessible, and in a secure case. If you have a License To Carry, the gun may be loaded and readily accessible. Otherwise, you’ll be in big trouble for having a gun loose in the passenger seat, even if it is unloaded.
What If I Am a Minor?
Indiana citizens under the age of eighteen may possess a gun with their parent’s permission on their parent’s property or while hunting or target shooting with their parents. In any other circumstances, or if they lack their parent’s permission, a minor may not possess a gun.
What Am I Not Legally Allowed To Do With a Gun?
Anyone in Indiana, regardless if they have a License To Carry or not, is not allowed to point a gun at another person. The only exception is if you are a police officer or using reasonable force in your own self-defense. Similarly, no one may possess a gun on school property, including school vehicles. There are also certain guns and weapons that are illegal to possess under any circumstances in Indiana, including machine guns, sawed-off shotguns, and armor-piercing bullets.
If you are convicted of domestic battery or a violent felony, you are not allowed to have a gun under any circumstances in Indiana. It does not matter if the charges were given in another state. It does not matter how long ago you were charged. It does not matter if the domestic battery was a misdemeanor and not a felony. It applies to everyone all the same.
What If I Need Help?Facing any sort of gun charge in Indiana is a serious matter. At Blankenship Law, we’re not here to judge you - we’re here to help you. If you are facing a gun charge in Indiana, contact Blankenship Law today! When your life is on the line, we’ve got your back!