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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 2021, Indiana had the 17th highest rate of gun deaths among the states. Indiana also supplied crime guns to other states at the 8th highest rate among the states. Indiana exported crime guns at more than twice the national rate and more than three times the rate at which it imported crime guns from other states.

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.