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Under Indiana Senate Bill 506, Is A License To Carry A Handgun A Registration Of The Handgun?

No. These are very different concepts. In Indiana, a License allows a person to carry a handgun or handguns anywhere he or she is lawfully allowed to within the State. The License is indexed to the person: namely, is he or she a “proper person” of “good character and reputation” with a “proper reason” for a License.

If so, upon proper application, the Superintendent of the Indiana State Police shall issue the person a License to Carry a Handgun.

No handgun registration is required under Indiana law. For this reason, a Licensee may carry any handgun he or she lawfully possesses. A gun loaned to a Licensee that is lawfully in the possession of another may be carried. Some states do have registration requirements, but not Indiana.

A third concept that is necessary to understand to follow the law is that a License to Carry a Handgun is different from approval to purchase a new or used firearm that may be given with completion of a ATFE Form 4473.

Fourth, a License is also is not the equal of a federal tax stamp on approved by the DOJ to purchase and/or possess NFA weapons. All of these are different legal concepts with different legal requirements. Failure to understand such is a recipe for disaster by illegal carry of a handgun or other firearm.

Carrying a handgun is a big responsibility that should begin with obtaining a License, followed careful consideration of the law and training with firearms.

Indiana Senate Bill 506 as signed into law by Indiana Governor Mitch DanielsDownload the Indiana Senate Bill 506 as signed into law by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.


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