“I am traveling through Indiana, and I want to understand a little about its firearms laws. Where can I find them? I live in Indiana and would like the highlights of important firearms laws.”
At Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. we frequently receive such questions, given our practice covers a broad swath of Indiana gun laws and the firm publishes the only comprehensive text on the subject. It is used throughout the state of Indiana.
The Indiana State Police provides some useful information on their website and maintains some of the Indiana gun law, as does the National Rifle Association.
Unfortunately, law has a practice and art element which limits the ability to provide any particularly set of Indiana gun rules. However, are some general legal principles that are consistent with this line of inquiry that may, with other research, help you build your knowledge about Indiana gun laws.
First, Indiana recognizes all other states’ licenses to carry a gun. However, while in Indiana, a traveler with an out-of-state gun license must follow all local, State and federal laws. There is a custom to carry a gun concealed, although it is not a part of Indiana’s licensing or criminal law.
Secondly, for law enforcement officers who are off duty and carrying a gun in Indiana under the Law Enforcement Officer’s Safety Act of 2004 (a/k/a H.R.218), the present state of the law is that local government can only regulate firearms on their property or within 200 feet of a school.
Related and third, Indiana has state administrative, civil, and criminal law regulating firearms in the following places:
- Penal facilities.
- Casinos and horse racing facilities.
- State property.
- Airports and on aircraft.
This list is not inclusive, nor can it be within the confines of a webpage and outside of understanding local custom and practices, and there are hundreds or local gun ordinances and federal restrictions to follow as well. Independent research and prudence are required.
A fourth useful principle, for those who are passing through the state with any legal firearm, is there a federal right to transport a firearm intrastate or interstate from any lawful place to any other lawful place so long as it comports with the inaccessibility standard set out in that statute. Typically, this requires the guns and ammunition not be accessible from the passenger compartment.
Fifthly and last, Indiana has adopted gun legislation post-Katrina and the Stafford Act that prohibits confiscation of lawfully possessed firearms during time of disaster.
As a community service, Bryan L. Ciyou, endeavors to lecture free of charge on firearms and gun topics to interested groups. Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. also represent litigants who are alleged to have run afoul of or violated Indiana’s local, administrative, state criminal and civil laws. Finally, Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. represents gun shows, manufacturers, and others in the industry.
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