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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 2020, Indiana had the 17th-highest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at the 11th-highest rate. To save lives from gun violence, Indiana could require a background check for all firearm sales, invest in community violence intervention programs, and strengthen protections for victims of domestic violence and violent hate.

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.