As of today, Indiana law provides an additional exception that allows an individual to legally carry a handgun without a license. Specifically, the new law allows a person to carry a handgun without a license if the person: (1) has applied for a license to carry a handgun; (2) is protected by a protection order; (3) is at least eighteen (18) years of age; and (4) is not otherwise barred by state or federal law from possessing a handgun. That individual is permitted to do so for sixty days after the protection order is issued. I.C. 35-47-2-2.1.
This allows individuals who have sought and successfully received a protective order from a court to immediately arm themselves while they wait for the administrative handgun licensing process to take place. A representative of the National Rifle Association (“NRA”) testified in support of the legislation and asserted that it would allow Hoosiers who are being stalked or threatened to protect themselves from further violence. http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/indiana/Bill-eases-gun-carry-if-protective-order-issued-17798300 (last visited July 1, 2017). The NRA asserts that the legislation would allow Indiana to become a leader in victim protection.
Looking for an Indiana firearms attorney that understands your rights? Contact the attorneys at Keffer Hirschauer LLP today if you have questions or believe your constitutional or criminal rights have been violated. We stand ready to provide our clients with trusted representation and accurate information regarding the law and its application to their individualized case. Act now and contact us today at (317) 857-0160.