Do I Need a Permit to Carry a Handgun in Indiana?

A recent change to Indiana handgun law has many Hoosiers confused. To clarify, House Bill 1296 was signed into state law by Governor Holcomb on March 21, 2022. This new bill allows Indiana handgun owners to carry their handguns on them in public without a permit.

However, not all Hoosier handgun owners qualify. Continue below to learn what you need to know about the new House Bill 1296 Indiana Handgun Law, and what to do if you are arrested for being in violation of this law.

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The New Indiana Handgun Law
(IC 35-47-2-3)

Until last month, all Hoosiers were required by law to have and carry a valid handgun license on them if they brought their handgun with them in public. But with House Bill 1296, which takes affect July 1st, 2022, Hoosiers who own handguns are now legally allowed to carry their handguns with them, on their person or in their vehicles, and without a permit.

The law specifically states, “A person who is at least 18 years of age and is not otherwise prohibited from carrying or possessing a handgun under state or federal law is not required to obtain or possess a license or permit from the state to carry a handgun in Indiana (…).”

But like most things in life, and especially in law, there are limitations and exceptions to the regulation. Not every who has a handgun is protected under this law. There are circumstances that can revoke this legal right, leaving some prohibited from carrying a handgun in public without a valid license.


As IC 35-47-2-3 states, you must be at least 18 years old to be protected under this law. Aside from this obvious rule, IC 35-47-2-1.5 Subsection (b) decrees that certain individuals are banned from carrying a handgun in public without a permit, regardless of the law. If these disqualified individuals are caught violating this law, they will be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor, unless they are near a school or school bus, in which case, they would be charged with a Felony.

A Person is Prohibited if They Are or Were:

□ A Fugitive
□ A Felon
□ An Illegal Immigrant
□ Dishonorably Discharged
□ Convicted of a State-Level Offense Punishable By 1 Year in Jail
□ Convicted of Domestic Violence/Battery
□ Convicted of Criminal Stalking
□ Under Indictment
□ Restrained Under an Order of Protection
□ Ruled Dangerous By IC 35-47-14-6
□ Ruled Mentally Defective
□ Committed to a Mental Institution
□ 23 Years Old With a Ruling of a Delinquent Act (as described by IC 35-47-4-5)
□ Person Who Renounced U.S. Citizenship (as described in 8 U.S.C. 1481)

Are you currently facing criminal charges for illegal handgun possession or firing in Indiana? Contact the Law Office of David E. Lewis at 317-636-7514 for superior and aggressive Indianapolis criminal defense you can count on. We can meet over the phone, via online video conference, or in person at our office.

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Indiana Laws Regarding Knives and Blades

Whether you’re a hunter, Boy Scout, fisherman, or simply a weapon enthusiast, it is important for you to understand the laws surrounding knife ownership, concealment, and possession here in Indiana. Regardless of our Second Amendment rights, one can still be in violation of these laws, even without knowing it.

Continue reading to review the top Indiana laws regarding knives and blades, and who to call if you were recently charged with the knife offense.

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Knife Laws in Indiana

There are various laws that regulate the ownership and possession of knives and blades in Indiana. Everything from how long the blade is allowed to be to where you’re allowed to carry it, and everything in between, knife laws are very serious in our state. If you are caught in violation of any knife laws, you could face certain penalties, such as fines and repossessions, or perhaps even criminal charges if the offense is particularly serious. Some knife violations are actually felony offenses, which can lead to jail time and much more.

Here are the knife facts you need to know in Indiana:

Switch Blades

A switchblade knife is a knife that has a button on the handle, and when you push it, the knife opens up with the spring action. Here in Indiana, switchblade used to be legal, until 2013 when they were allowed to be sold and possessed once again.

Knife Concealment and Length

Although some states have laws regulating how long blades are allowed to be an laws that require concealment when carrying a knife, Indiana does not have any laws like this. You are not legally required to conceal your knife when carrying it in public, nor are you limited to how long you want your blade. Many knife enthusiasts here in Indiana alone machetes, swords, and similar collectible pieces, and it’s perfectly legal.

Concealment Exceptions in Indiana

Although you don’t have to have your knife concealed or partially concealed when clipped to your belt or pants, there are some exceptions to this leniency. You are not allowed to carry or reveal a knife on school property, school buses, nor in airports, courthouses, or any of the places where it states that it’s strictly prohibited. Under Indiana Code 35-47-5-2.5, violating these laws would be a Class B misdemeanor.

Reckless Behavior and Violent Crimes

Here in Indiana, use of an edged weapon of any kind in a way that is violent, aggressive, or threatening is illegal and a felony.

Detachable Blades

Knives with detachable blades also have strict regulations. According to Indiana Code 35-47-5-2, you cannot display, possess, manufacture, or sell knives with detachable blades. The charge for this offense would be a Class B misdemeanor.

Chinese Throwing Stars

Chinese throwing stars are illegal in Indiana. You cannot own, sell, or manufacture Chinese throwing stars in our state, nor any weapon with blades placed at different angles. The penalty is a Class C misdemeanor. Indiana Code 35-47-5-12

Were you convicted of misdemeanor or felony weapons crime? Contact Attorney David E. Lewis at 317-636-7514 for superior Indianapolis IN criminal defense that will reduce or dismiss your criminal charges, and avoid jail time. We offer free initial consultations.

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