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
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