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[r25] Finding answers to your gun law questions
Start Date: 5/30/2014Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 5/30/2014End Time: 8:00 AM
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Finding answers to your gun law questions

Since session ended, I have received a variety of questions from constituents about various gun statutes. Many questions referenced permits, licensing or hunting, and I realize that finding this information can seem overwhelming. There are several resources provided by the state to assist with these matters.

 Hoosiers are only required to carry a permit for handguns which means that rifles and shotguns do not require a permit to carry. To obtain a license to carry, you can apply online through the Indiana State Police website, The website also provides information on firearm licensing fees, gun safety and state firearm laws.

Although Indiana recognizes permits to carry from all 50 states, not all states recognize Indiana permits. There are quite a few states that do not recognize Indiana’s permit to carry, including two of our neighboring states Illinois and Ohio. If you plan to travel, it is important to look up the gun laws of the states you plan to visit. Respecting the different laws of each state is essential. For more information about which states recognize Indiana’s permit to carry and other permit questions, visit the National Rifle Association’s website. 

As a gun owner, it is also important to know when firearms are not allowed in particular buildings or areas. Firearms are not allowed within airports or aircrafts, even if you have a license to carry. According to the Transportation Security Administration, travelers may only transport unloaded firearms in a locked, hard-sided container as checked baggage. Firearms are also prohibited on riverboat casinos. The only people permitted to carry firearms in these places are authorized personnel such as security guards. 

Hoosiers interested in using their firearms for hunting purposes can find information on licenses, permits and regulations on the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website at  />
This is only a short overview of Indiana’s gun laws. Being a responsible, Hoosier gun owner means understanding our state’s firearm laws. I hope that the resources provided above will serve as a reference point for any questions you may have. Feel free to contact me at 317-234-2993 or with any additional questions.


State Rep. Don Lehe serves as Chairman of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. He also serves on the Environmental Affairs Committee and the Public Health Committee. Rep. Lehe represents portions of White, Cass, Carroll, Clinton and Tippecanoe Counties.

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Name: Brandi Klingerman
Phone: 317 - 232 - 9693
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