STATEHOUSE (July 17, 2020) – Hoosiers no longer have to pay local or state fees for five-year gun licenses, thanks to a law supported in 2019 by State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute).
He 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.
"The right to keep and bear arms is enshrined in our country's Constitution," Heaton said. "It is important to limit any financial hurdles for Hoosiers exercising their right."
Lifetime gun licenses are also available with applicable state and local fees, and additional hunting licenses for specific game are still required. For more information or to 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.
Heaton said the law also allows residents to register to vote when applying for gun licenses. The 2019 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.
State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) represents House District 46,
which includes portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo counties.
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