Elkhart County lawmakers: Indiana waives fees for 5-year gun licenses

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Thursday, July 16, 2020

STATEHOUSE (July 16, 2020) – Hoosiers no longer have to pay local or state fees for five-year gun licenses, thanks to a law Elkhart County lawmakers supported in 2019.

Co-author of the law, State Rep. Christy Stutzman (R-Middlebury), said the fee waiver applies to Indiana's Qualified License and Unlimited License, which were previously only valid for four years. Indiana's Qualified License is for hunting and target shooting, and the Unlimited License applies to concealed carry of handguns only.

"Removing the state and local fees for these licenses gets our state closer to keeping the promise that all Americans have the constitutional right to bear arms," Stutzman said. "This is a positive step forward for law-abiding gun owners, and I will continue to support efforts to protect our 2nd Amendment."

Lifetime gun licenses are also available with applicable state and local fees, and additional hunting licenses for specific game are still required. State Rep. Doug Miller (R-Elkhart) said to find more information or apply, visit the Indiana State Police Handgun Licensing Portal at firearms.ariesportal.com. The website may be unavailable when experiencing high traffic volumes, so check back if needed.

"This law represents a much-needed change, with thousands of Hoosiers already going online and applying for free licenses," Miller said. "The Indiana State Police website allows you to apply for a license, change your personal information and check your license status."

State Rep. Curt Nisly (R-Milford) said the law also included civil protections for Hoosiers who use justifiable force to defend themselves and others, and allowing those legally possessing firearms to carry them on school property and at religious institutions.

"Self-defense is not a crime," Nisly said. "Protecting our families and communities from those who wish cause harm is ingrained in the spirit of this nation."

The 2019 law also allows residents to register to vote when applying for gun licenses.

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State Rep. Doug Miller (R-Elkhart) represents House District 48, which includes portions of Elkhart County.

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State Rep. Curt Nisly (R-Milford) represents House District 22, which includes portions of Kosciusko and Elkhart counties.

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State Rep. Christy Stutzman (R-Middlebury) represents House District 49, which includes the eastern portion of Elkhart County.

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