Indiana generally prohibits people, including those who have a license to carry a handgun, from knowingly or intentionally possessing a firearm in or on:1
- School property (including private and public schools and preschools);2 or
- Property that is being used by a school for a school function or on a school bus.3
Indiana law includes exceptions to this general restriction, including for people who are not students at the school and are otherwise legally eligible to possess firearms, if they:
- Are specifically authorized by a school board or charter school administrative body to carry a concealed firearm in or on school property;
- Possess a firearm in a motor vehicle;
- Are school resource officers;4
- May legally possess a firearm and do so while on school property in connection with or while:
- Attending a worship service or religious ceremony conducted at a house of worship located on the school property; or
- Carrying out official duties at a house of worship located on the school property, if they are employed by or a volunteer at the house of worship;5or who
- Keep a firearm:
- Locked in the trunk of their motor vehicle;
- In the glove compartment of their locked motor vehicle; or
- Stored out of plain sight in their locked motor vehicle.6
Indiana also makes it unlawful to knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly leave a firearm in plain view in a motor vehicle that is parked in a school parking lot.7
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- Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-9-2(a).
- See Ind. Code Ann. § 35-31.5-2-285 for a definition of “school property”; see also, Ind. Code Ann. § 35-31.5-1-1 (indicating that such definition applies to all statutes relating to penal offenses).
- In Indiana, a student who is identified as bringing a firearm to school or on school property, or in possession of a firearm on school property, must generally be expelled for at least one calendar year. Ind. Code Ann. § 20-33-8-16(d). The school superintendent may, on a case by case basis, modify the period of expulsion for a student who is expelled under this section. Ind. Code Ann. § 20-33-8-16(e).
- As defined in Ind. Code Ann. § 20-26-18.2-1.
- Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-9-1.
- Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-9-2(b).
- Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-9-2(c).