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Carrying a Handgun Without a License

Indianapolis Carrying a Handgun Without a License Attorney

The laws concerning carrying a handgun without a license in Indiana can be found in Indiana Code 35-47-2.  In short, aside from certain exceptions, “a person shall not carry a handgun in any vehicle or on or about the person’s body without being licensed under this chapter to carry a handgun.”

Exceptions to this rule include carrying a handgun on one’s own property, carrying the handgun for purposes of attending firearms training or a firearms related event, such as a gun show or hunting club, or receiving firearms repair or maintenance. Additionally, a person may carry a handgun without a license in a vehicle that is owned or legally controlled by the person or another’s vehicle, with permission, if the handgun is: (A) unloaded; (B) not readily accessible; and (C) secured in a case. Finally, a person may possess a handgun without a license if the person carries the handgun: (A) at a shooting range (as defined in IC 14-22-31.5-3); (B) while attending a firearms instructional course; or (C) while engaged in a legal hunting activity.

As you can see, there are many exceptions to the rule that a person must have a license to carry a handgun and if you have been charged with this offense, it is important to consult an attorney right away to discuss your possible defenses.

A conviction for Carrying a Handgun Without a License is a Class A misdemeanor. However, the offense is a Level 5 felony: (1) if the offense is committed: (A) on or in school property; (B) within five hundred (500) feet of school property; or (C) on a school bus; or (2) if the person: (A) has a prior conviction for Carrying a Handgun Without a License or using a false license to obtain a handgun; or (B) has been convicted of a felony within fifteen (15) years before the date of the offense.

Indianapolis Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or a loved one has been accused of carrying a handgun without a license in Marion County or the surrounding counties, including Hamilton, Johnson, Hancock, Shelby, or Hendricks counties, call Chambers Law Office to speak with an attorney. As a former deputy prosecutor, Julie Chambers has experience on both sides of the law and will strive to obtain the best possible result for your case. Call 317-450-2971. 

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