Posted on January 2, 2012
Last updated December 9, 2013
In our publication 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 30 different firearms-related policy areas. Indiana ranked 24th out of 50 – having few gun violence prevention laws.
In 2013, the Indiana legislature enacted new laws that relate to firearms. These new laws are described below.
Laws that Weaken Gun Regulation
|IN H 1006||Adds knowing and intentional element to crime of an unlicensed person selling a handgun, crimes involving machine guns, and possessing a firearm while boarding an aircraft or while on the grounds of a school or on a school bus.|
|IN S 1||Allows firearms to be carried at K-12 schools by a person who has been authorized to do so by the school board.|
Among other things, Indiana:
- Requires retail handgun dealers to obtain a state license; and
- Prohibits domestic violence misdemeanants from purchasing or possessing firearms.
Indiana does not, however:
- Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between private parties;
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- License firearm owners;
- Require the registration of firearms;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases; or
- Regulate unsafe handguns.
Local governments in Indiana generally lack authority to regulate firearms or ammunition, and the state requires local law enforcement to issue a concealed handgun license to any applicant who meets certain basic qualifications.
In 2010, Indiana had the 25th highest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. Based on data published by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Indiana supplied the 8th highest number of crime guns to other states per capita in 2009. Indiana supplies crime guns to other states at a rate that is more than double the national average. Indiana exports more than three times as many crime guns as it imports.
Indiana Firearms Laws
For details about specific firearms laws in Indiana, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.