Indiana Concealed Carry Laws
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Are concealed carry permits available in the state of Indiana?
Indiana is a Shall Issue state, which means that a concealed carry permit will be issued to any individual that has met all requirements for the Indiana Handgun Permit application by an Indiana Sheriff. Concealed carry handgun licenses will be issued to Indiana residents, as well as non-residents and out of state applicants.
The licenses available for concealed carry in Indiana will be unlimited or qualified:
- Qualified License: Issued only for the purpose of hunting and target practice.
- Unlimited License: Issued for the purpose of personal protection and property protection.
There are currently no gun bans in the state of Indiana, with the exceptions of Gary and East Chicago, which have bans on “assault weapons”. There are also not any waiting periods for gun purchases, and a license or permit is not required to purchase a gun in the state of Indiana.
Where can I get an Indiana Concealed Carry Permit?
An individual must apply for a concealed carry permit through the Indiana State Police at the link below:
The application requires a two-part process, starting with a recommendation from a local law enforcement agency. The application is then sent directly to the Indiana State Police Superintendent for approval and official licensing.
Depending upon the city or town that you live in, you can begin the application process with the police department in your area. If you do not live in a town or city in Indiana, the application process will begin with the sheriff in the county where you reside.
How do I apply for a license?
At the time of submission to the Police Department or Sheriff’s Department, you will be charged an application fee. Another application fee will be charged when the Indiana concealed carry permit is forwarded to the Indiana State Police for approval.
In order for an application to be processed, it must include:
- Original application form
- Supplemental application form
- Blue FBI applicant fingerprint card
In certain counties, you can fill out the application online at the link below:
If you do submit the CCW application online, you will have to schedule an appointment for inkless fingerprints through L1 Identity Solutions or submit fingerprints through the local police department when you complete the application process.
The fingerprint fee for inkless fingerprints is $10.95 and will allow you to quickly process your application online using a credit card. This option is much faster than manually submitting fingerprints and a completed application through the local police department.
Keep in mind that a background check is required in order to apply for an Indiana CCW permit. The Indiana concealed handgun license can be processed in as little as 4 to 8 weeks if the information provided is accurate and the individual passes a background check. If there are any errors on the application, then the licensing process could take significantly longer.
You have the option to apply for a lifetime Indiana CCW license or for a 4 year permit.
How much does the license cost?
The Indiana concealed carry permit costs $5 for a 4 year license or $25 for a lifetime license. If you already carry a valid 4 year license, it will cost $20 to upgrade to a lifetime CCW license.
If you apply for an Unlimited License, it will allow you to concealed carry to protect your life and property. The Unlimited License costs:
- $30 for 4 years
- $75 for a lifetime
- $60 for a lifetime Unlimited License if you already possess a 4 year license
If you need to change your name or address on your CCW permit, you must complete a Duplicate Handgun License Request and Notification of Name of Address Change Form. These forms must be faxed or mailed to the indicated address on the forms so that an official change can be made in the database.
If you would like to receive a new license with updated information, a $20 fee is charged for a duplicate license. A duplicate license can also be issued if your permit is stolen, lost, or damaged for a fee of $20.
Am I eligible for a Concealed Carry Permit in the state of Indiana?
To apply for a concealed carry permit in the state of Indiana, you must be at least 18 years old. You must also provide valid fingerprints, fill out the indicated application with your personal information, and provide a reason for carrying a concealed weapon.
The two approved reasons for carrying a concealed weapon in Indiana are:
- Target shooting
- Personal protection
Where can I carry a concealed weapon after receiving a license?
If you are pulled over by a law enforcement officer, it is recommended to inform the officer that you are carrying a concealed weapon in your vehicle with a valid license. You are only permitted to carry a concealed weapon in your vehicle with a valid Indiana CCW permit on your person.
Additionally, you are prohibited from carrying a concealed weapon in Indiana in the following locations:
- School property/school bus
- Private school, Head Start, preschool
- Controlled access areas in an airport
- Annual State Fair – although the concealed weapon can be locked in a vehicle
- Shipping port
- Riverboat casino
Unlike many other states, Indiana does not have a law prohibiting carrying a concealed weapon in an establishment that serves alcohol.
Indiana operates under a stand your ground law, which means that it is a Castle Doctrine state
. This law does not require an individual to retreat when protecting themselves or their property. The Castle Doctrine law will provide legal immunity to any individuals who use reasonable force to provide protection for their home or their person in the case of theft, forcible felony, or serious bodily injury.
Indiana state law qualifies deadly force as an instance where a person believes that they must defend themselves against criminal entry into their vehicle or home.
Open Carry is legal in the state of Indiana with a valid Indiana concealed carry license.
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