Even the most responsible gun owner can have a tough time keeping up with Indiana’s gun laws. It’s vital that you remain up to date because you may not be aware you’re in violation of one of our state’s weapons laws until it’s too late.
If you have been charged with a gun crime, legal assistance can help you avoid a conviction. Call our firm for help.
Below, we’ll take a look at some of the gun laws in Indiana.
Weapons Crimes in Indiana
Violating any gun law Indiana has on the books can land you with criminal charges. It’s illegal to do the following:
- Carry a handgun without a license
- Remove the identifying marks on a handgun or be in possession of a handgun that has had identifying marks removed
- Possess a handgun as a felon
- Point a firearm at another person
- Possess a firearm if you’ve been convicted of domestic battery
- Give false information in order to obtain a handgun
Penalties for Firearms Violations in Indiana
The legal penalties for firearms violations will depend on your criminal history (especially violent offenses or prior weapons charges), as well as where the gun crime took place. Carrying prohibited weapons on a school’s grounds, for instance, can get you charged with a felony rather than a misdemeanor.
A few classifications of weapons crimes in Indiana are listed below:
- Carrying a firearm without a license is a Class A misdemeanor.
- Prohibited sale or transfer of a firearm is a Level 5 or Level 3 felony, depending on the circumstances.
- Giving false information in order to obtain a handgun is a Level 5 felony.
- Removing identifying marks on a handgun or being in possession of such a handgun is a Level 5 felony.
Consult a Terre Haute Criminal Defense Lawyer
Understanding Indiana gun laws is important because weapons violations can have severe life consequences. In addition to the legal penalties you’ll be dealt, you will also have a gun crime conviction on your criminal history for life. This can make securing decent employment extremely difficult.
You can fight to avoid a gun crime conviction by working with a criminal defense attorney from our office. Rowdy G. Williams Law Firm can be reached via the online contact form below or by calling 1-812-232-7400.