How to Obtain an Indiana Firearms License
The gun laws in Indiana are quite lenient, and it is a Shall Issue State. Indiana issues licenses for a concealed handgun to its residents as well as out-of-state/non-residents who are living in Indiana. The term, ‘Shall Issue,’ means that the sheriff will issue a permit after the resident meets all the requirements for a permit to purchase handguns in Indiana. The Indiana handgun licenses are either qualified or unlimited. For hunting or target practice, a restricted license is issued. Unlimited licenses are issued to protect a resident’s life and property. There are two different types of handgun licenses in Indiana, a 4-year license, and a lifetime license.
Which department issues the permit for handgun licenses in Indiana?
In Indiana, the handgun licenses or permits are issued by the Indiana State Police. As of October 2014, all applications are made and submitted online. You can no longer apply for a license on paper.
How long does it take to process a handgun license in Indiana?
The processing time for a handgun license in Indiana is approximately 60 days from the date they receive your application. You can check the status of your application.
How much does it cost to get a handgun license in Indiana?
The fee for a four-year license is a $40 and the price for a lifetime license is a $50 local fee and a $75 state fee. $30 of the local fee and the entire state fee is refunded if no permit is issued. There is also a $9.99 fee for using MorphoTrust Electronic Fingerprinting.
The fee for a lifetime license is a $40 local fee and a $60 state fee with a currently valid license. You will get a refund of $30 of the local fee and the entire state fee if the license is not issued.
What are the requirements to obtain a handgun License in Indiana?
To obtain a handgun license in Indiana, firstly you must be 18 years old or older, you need to provide your fingerprints, and fill out the application online that will include your personal information such as your height, weight, race, hair and eye color, and a reason for carrying a firearm.
1. A model citizen without any priors
The resident must be a citizen of the United States or even if he/she is not a citizen of the United States but is allowed to carry a firearm in the United States under federal law.
2. Not convicted or resisted the law
A resident who does not have a conviction to resist law enforcement, within five years before the resident applying for a license or permit.
3. Not convicted for a crime
A resident who does not have a conviction for a crime for which the person could have been sentenced for more than one year. Residents who have not been convicted for a crime of domestic violence, they are however eligible to a permit if a court has restored the person’s right to possess a firearm under IC 35-47-4-7 The court does not prohibit the possession of a handgun
4. A resident who does not have a history of being an alcohol or drug abuser.
5. Residents who are not emotionally or mentally unstable
Residents who do not have any documented evidence which would give rise to a reasonable belief that the person has a propensity for violent or emotionally unstable conduct
The resident must not be convicted for violation of the provisions of this article within five years of the person’s application.