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Though Indiana has enacted a few gun safety policies, it has unacceptably weak gun laws overall. State lawmakers must do more to protect their constituents. 

Indiana was one of the earliest states to enact a type of extreme risk protection order law, which allows courts to temporarily suspends individuals’ access to firearms if they demonstrate significant risk of violence or self-harm. In 2022, Indiana had the seventeenth highest gun death rate among the states. In an average year, 1,111 people die from gun violence in the state. That means that someone dies from gun violence every 8 hours. Fifty-seven percent of those deaths are gun suicides, and 40% are gun homicides.

What Indiana Does Well

  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Certain open carry regulations
  • Certain child access prevention laws
  • Handgun dealer regulation

What Indiana Is Missing

  • Universal background checks
  • Gun owner licensing
  • Most domestic violence gun laws
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Waiting periods
  • Concealed carry permitting
  • Community violence intervention funding



The data is clear: states with stronger gun laws have less gun violence. See how your state compares in our annual ranking.

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We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.