Indiana prohibits people from possessing firearms if they have been convicted of a “serious violent felony,”1 which is generally defined, among other things, to include violent conduct that results in serious bodily injury,2, involves battery with a deadly weapon,3 or stalking with credible threats of serious bodily injury or death.4
Indiana also prohibits firearm possession by people convicted of “domestic battery,” which includes both felony and misdemeanor domestic violence, depending on the circumstances.5 Indiana courts may also prohibit certain people from possessing firearms when issuing some types of domestic violence protective orders. (See Domestic Violence and Firearms in Indiana for more information about these restrictions).
However, people convicted of other violent felonies (those not designated as “serious violent felonies”) are not prohibited from possessing firearms under Indiana law (though federal firearm restrictions generally apply), including violent conduct resulting in “moderate bodily injury,”6 intentional strangulation,7 threatening violence, even while drawing or using a deadly weapon,8 and shooting into an inhabited building.9 Indiana also does not prohibit people convicted of other violent misdemeanors from accessing firearms.
Indiana law also generally prohibits people from possessing firearms if:
- A court has determined that they are dangerous to self or others pursuant to a court hearing10 (for more information, see Extreme Risk Protection Orders in Indiana);11 or
- They are unlawfully present in the United States;12
Indiana also prohibits a person from transferring a handgun to an individual whom the transferor knows:
- Is ineligible for any reason other than the person’s age to receive a handgun from a dealer; or
- Intends to use the handgun to commit a crime.13
For information on the background check process used to enforce these provisions, see Background Checks in Indiana.
For information about the process by which law enforcement can remove firearms from dangerous individuals, see Disarming Prohibited Persons in Indiana.
See our Firearm Prohibitions policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.
- Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-4-5.
- Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-4-5(b)(4); e.g., “Battery,” Ind. Code Ann. § 35-42-2-1(g).
- Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-4-5(b); Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-10-5.
- Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-4-6.
- Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-4-5(b)(4); “Battery,” Ind. Code Ann. § 35-42-2-1(e).
- Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-4-5(b); Ind. Code Ann. § 35-42-2-9.
- Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-4-5(b); Ind. Code Ann. § 35-45-2-1(b).
- Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-4-5(b); Ind. Code Ann. § 35-42-2-2(b)(2).
- Conducted under section 35-47-4-6.
- Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-4-6.5; 35-47-4-6.7.
- Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-4-8.
- Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-2-7(b).