It’s now been two years since Indiana’s permitless handgun law went into effect on July 1, 2022. House Bill 1296 allows adults in Indiana to carry a handgun without a permit as long as they first pass a federal background check. These background checks are meant to verify that the individual does not have a criminal history or documented mental illness that would prevent safe gun ownership and handling. After passing the background check, there is no need to obtain a permit; you are permitted to purchase, own, and carry a firearm in public spaces and where handguns are allowed.

In the time since the law took effect, law enforcement across the state has seen a decrease in gun-related misdemeanors but an uptick in gun-related felonies. This brings into perspective how quickly these permitless gun rights can be stripped–and the challenges to get them back.

When Can You Lose the Right to Permitless Carry in Indiana?

It’s important to know that this law isn’t limitless. As noted above, you will not be able to purchase a firearm if you can’t pass a federal background check. Additionally, you will lose the right (even if you’ve already purchased and carried a handgun) if you face any felony conviction in our state or have a domestic battery misdemeanor or felony conviction.

The law takes felony offenses and domestic violence offenses seriously, so it’s imperative that you act within the law and ensure your anger never boils over into violence. If you are convicted of any of these crimes, you will lose the right to carry a handgun without a permit (and won’t be able to obtain a permit) and will need to put in significant effort to get it back.

Expunging Felonies to Reobtain Permitless Carry Rights

We recently broke down exactly what needs to be done to expunge your record and get your permitless handgun rights back in Indiana. For felony offenses, simply getting the records expunged clears the path. However, for charges related to domestic violence, there is an additional process to appeal to have your gun rights restored. The state reserves the right to deny anyone they believe is a risk to cause further harm to domestic partners, family members, or others in the same living space (note: violence against cell mates who you did not know prior to entering prison can fall into the category of domestic violence).

It’s important to not only act lawfully but to be a good person who contributes positively to our communities in Indiana. Our state is one of dozens that now allow permitless carry in public spaces, but these rights are able to be revoked as quickly as they were granted. If you are facing criminal charges that could strip you of your gun rights or you need an attorney by your side for the expungement process to get your gun rights back, contact Blankenship Law.