Updated on January 28th, 2023
An Indiana firearm bill of sale is a document that can be used in a private sale of a firearm to serve as evidence of the transfer of ownership between a buyer and seller. In Indiana, private sales don’t need to incorporate a background check and the buyer doesn’t need to have a permit to acquire their weapon. The only restriction imposed is one that prevents sellers from transferring to minors (under the age of eighteen). Because owners don’t need to register their weapons, the bill of sale is also not a required document. However, it can be used as a receipt of the transfer of ownership so that the new owner has proof that the firearm is theirs, and the seller has proof that it isn’t.
- Firearm laws – Article 47. (Weapons and Instruments of Violence)
- Background check required? – No.
- Permit required to purchase? – No.
Concealed Carry Laws
Statute – § 35-47-2-3
In Indiana, residents are required to obtain an Indiana License to Carry a Handgun (LCH) in order to open carry or carry a concealed weapon. The law does not directly reference concealed carry; however, the Indiana State Police (ISP) website mentions how carrying a weapon in the open can attract unwanted attention, and advises against it. Those looking to apply for an LCH can do so by following these steps:
- Fill out an application on the Indiana State Police Handgun Licensing Portal.
- Schedule an appointment to submit fingerprints at a valid location.
- Visit a local law agency with the application number and fee payment.
With those three steps completed, the application will be submitted for review by the ISP. If accepted, the applicant will receive a permit in the mail.