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Indiana Gun Laws and How They Differ From Neighboring States

By    |   Friday, 09 Jan 2015 02:41 PM

While Indiana has what could be considered a middle-of-the-road approach toward gun laws, there are differences comparatively with its neighboring states.

Indiana is bordered by Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. Of the four states, Indiana differs the most from Kentucky, which frequently is cited as one of the states with the most relaxed laws toward gun ownership.

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Kentucky's state constitution says, “The right (for residents) to bear arms in defense of themselves and of the state (is) subject to the power of the general assembly to enact persons from carrying concealed weapons.”

Illinois gun laws differ greatly from Indiana, but on the other end of the spectrum. The land of Lincoln frequently is cited as having some of the toughest gun laws across the U.S. Illinois lawmakers do allow residents to purchase rifles and shotguns. Concealed carry also is allowed with a license.

According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Indiana was 23rd in the nation for gun-related deaths in 2014.

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Unlike the other states around it, Indiana requires retail handgun dealers to have a state license. And while the state and three of its neighbors don't impose waiting periods for purchasing guns, Illinois does.

In general, municipalities throughout Indiana do not have the authority to offer specific regulations — a markedly different stance from what has occurred in Ohio as mayors in such large cities as Cleveland and Cincinnati have attempted to adopt community-specific ordinances on firearms.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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