Indiana State Law Summary

Posted on January 2, 2012

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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.

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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.

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Among other things, Indiana:

Indiana does not, however:

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.