Posted on January 2, 2012
Last updated October 24, 2011
In our publication Gun Laws Matter 2012: Understanding the Link Between Weak Laws and Gun Violence, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 29 different firearms-related policy areas. Indiana ranked 27th out of 50 – having enacted few gun violence prevention laws. 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.
Based on data published by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Indiana supplied the 8th highest number of crime guns to other states per capita in 2008. 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.