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Indiana Gun Control Laws

Both gun owners and the general public have safety as their main concern when it comes to gun ownership. And then it is up to states to balance those two interests. When states can have different laws and with overlapping federal law, trying to get a handle on gun regulations can be a bit tricky. So here is a brief summary of gun control laws in Indiana.

Indiana Gun Control Laws

State gun control laws regulate the purchase and use of firearms, and can vary from state to state. Certain weapons, such as sawed-off shotguns, armor-piercing bullets, and silencers are prohibited under Indiana’s gun control laws. The state, however, imposes no waiting period for prospective gun buyers, although they must meet certain criteria in order to be eligible for gun ownership.

Indiana Gun Statutes

Not all states treat firearm laws the same way. The main provisions of Indiana’s gun control laws are listed in the table below.

Code Section

35-47-1-7; 35-47-2-7, 8; 35-47-5-4.1, 8, 11

Illegal Arms

Machine gun; sawed-off shotgun; armor-piercing handgun ammunition

Waiting Period


Who May Not Own

1. Convicted felon; 2. Drug abuser; 3. Alcohol abuser; 4. Mentally incompetent; 5. Under 18 (except if parent or guardian); 6. Convicted for any crime involving an inability to safely handle a handgun.

Law Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds

Felony. 35-47-9-2

While Indiana and other states have their own gun laws, federal law also regulates gun ownership by determining the kinds of firearms citizens may legally own. And where federal and state laws intersect, federal law always trumps state law. While the Second Amendment guarantees the ability to own certain firearms, the government can put some restrictions on the right to bear arms. The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and the National Firearms Act both apply to Indiana gun owners, so Hoosiers should be familiar with both statutes. You can also find more general information on this topic in FindLaw’s gun law section.

Learn More About Indiana Gun Control Laws from an Attorney

State and federal firearms regulations can be confusing, especially when they overlap. If you have a criminal or civil case involving guns, or if you'd like to learn more about your rights and responsibilities as a gun owner in Indiana, it's a good idea to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney near you today.

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