Bartels: Gun law waives fee for five-year licenses

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, July 24, 2020

The United States Constitution guarantees Americans the right to bear arms. A recent gun law cuts red tape so Hoosiers can more freely exercise their Second Amendment right by waiving local and state fees for five-year gun licenses.

Previously, Hoosiers had to pay for a Qualified License to hunt and target shoot with a gun and an Unlimited License to carry. Individuals wishing to apply for either of these permits can visit the Indiana State Police's website at

Another good aspect of this new law, is that the Unlimited License, which is recognized by 31 other states, only has to be renewed every five years instead of four. Indiana residents, or those who work in the state, can apply for either license. While there are still fees attached to the lifetime carry permit, Hoosiers can hold both a five-year and lifetime license at the same time.

All applications for a new license, renewal or updating the name or address on a permit is done through the Indiana State Police's website at

Through this law, Hoosiers also have civil immunity if justifiable use of force is necessary, which means they cannot be sued if found "not guilty" in a criminal case. In addition to this change, places of worship can also allow members to carry guns and Indiana residents can register to vote when applying for permit.

With all parts of this law now in full effect, Hoosiers can better protect themselves and face less barriers when exercising their Second Amendment right. To learn more visit, and please carry your weapon safely and responsibly.


State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74,
which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.
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