An individual’s Second Amendment1 right to keep and bear arms becomes all the more important in these troubling times. As people in Indiana (and nationally) flocked to their local firearms dealer or a gun shop to buy a gun in the face of uncertainty with the COVID-19 global pandemic, many individuals were “denied” the purchase by a NICS2 background check. Is this your situation? If you didn’t expect it, you probably have many questions swirling around in your head, such as “how is this possible? what does this mean? what can I do to fix it?” In this blog, we ...
April 29, 2020CD
If you are reading this blog, you or someone you know may have just found out you have been “denied” from purchasing a firearm. Maybe it was your first time trying to purchase a gun, and, come to find out you can’t? Or maybe you have been lawfully purchasing firearms for years, and then out of nowhere, you get denied. These are common and confusing situations. Often times, however, a NICS’ denial may be reversed. This blog provides a brief overview of NICS’ system, denials, and some potential solutions. “NICS,” The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, is the system used ...
November 1, 2019CD
Several years ago, the Legislature passed an expungement statutory scheme to “expungement” or remove old felonies and other arrest and misdemeanor convictions occurring in Indiana from a person’s criminal history. Expunged crimes were basically removed from a person’s criminal history, with the exception of certain uses by law enforcement or in the case of subsequent crimes. These expungement statutes recognized people change over a long period of time. However, many remained “haunted” and limited in their daily life by an old criminal history. This is despite the fact that they had been model and productive citizens afterward. Most of us are ...
January 9, 2018CD
We all make New Year’s wishes, right? For thousands of Hoosiers, their wish is to have a clean criminal record without an old misdemeanor or felony conviction holding them back from job opportunities or having a firearm and license to carry. In the last several years, the Legislature has added several laws to allow you new ways to “remove” old convictions. This blog explores these and the legal remedies now available to you. The oldest legal tool for addressing a past criminal conviction is post-conviction relief. This has been around for a long time, and in the right circumstance, may be used ...
December 12, 2017CD
A controversial topic nationally is the prohibition on individuals convicted of battery with a domestic component. For defendants, it is unique because it is the only misdemeanor crime where an individual is disqualified under federal law from possessing firearms. This disqualifier also prohibits any person in Indiana from being issued a License to Carry a Firearm. Generally, the notion behind these bars is domestic violence is more serious than other crimes because it tears at the social fabric of our society by destroying or impairing families, the cornerstone of our society and survival. The issue this blog explores is when this ...
March 7, 2017Adam Hayes
Indiana is a very progressive state in firearms’ laws in many ways, including its “lifetime” license to carry a handgun. Once such is issued, it may be suspended or revoked for certain criminal activity. This blog addresses important reasons to appeal the denial of an application for a License to Carry a Handgun once made and denied by the Indiana State Police, who are diligent and careful in approval of the application. First, firearms law is very complex, and some of the questions on the Application are required to comport with state and federal law and do not always have clear ...
December 7, 2016Adam Hayes
Over the last several years, applications to obtain and carry a handgun have soared in Indiana. Because handguns are a class of firearms more readily concealable, the requirements to obtain a License are stricter than the right to purchase. This blog addresses five key points to address denial of a license to carry handgun in Indiana. The first is to over-disclose on the application and obtain any information about an old criminal act to properly disclose, as required, to avoid denial for making a false statement. Obtaining such documents in certified format may allow them to be provided with the application ...
November 8, 2016Adam Hayes
While the implications of the nightclub shooting in Miami and law-making on firearms regulation are unknown, there are four new laws or court decisions every gun owner should know to avoid illegal actions and committing a crime. This blog post covers these changes. At the state level, and first, the General Assembly has modified Indiana’s law that has prohibited individuals and other legal entities from purchasing short barrel shotguns (SBS) by following the requirements of the federal law commonly known as the National Firearms Act. Until recently, Indiana had a law making sawed-off shotguns illegal and ATFE’s position is this prohibited ...
July 6, 2016Adam Hayes
Indiana has passed two versions of expungement statutes. The purpose of the statutory scheme was to restore core civil liberties to certain individuals who had old criminal histories in Indiana. These core civil liberties are to hold public office, vote, serve on a jury and possess firearms. However, the Justice Department did not accept Indiana’s expungement statute to restore the right to keep and possess firearms under Indiana law nor qualify for a License to carry a handgun. While a very technical area, as of November 1, 2015, it appears that ATF has recognized Indiana’s current statute as comporting with federal ...
November 12, 2015Adam Hayes
In Indiana, there are hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers with a License to Carry a handgun. Because of the extraordinary complexity in firearms laws, a person may be denied a license for a number of reasons that can be addressed and the license issued. This blog post covers three key points about denial. First, if you are denied a license, you have the right to a hearing at the Indiana State Police (ISP). They are very dutiful in considering the merits of every denial, but a timely hearing has to be requested and the issues of denial properly addressed. The point ...
October 22, 2015Adam Hayes