Indiana does not permit any person, including a person licensed to carry a handgun, to possess a firearm in or on:
- School property (including private schools and preschools1); or
- Property that is being used by a school for a school function or on a school bus.2
Exceptions to these prohibitions include non-students who:3
- Are specifically authorized by a school board to carry a concealed firearm on school property;
- May legally possess a firearm possesses the firearm in a motor vehicle;
- Are school resource officers;
- 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; and
- May legally possess a firearm and possesses a firearm 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.
See our Guns in Schools policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.
- See Ind. Code Ann. § 35-41-1-24.7 for a definition of “school property”.
- Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-9-2. 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, shall 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).
- Ind. Code Ann. § 35-47-9-1.