How the gun legal guidelines in Indiana examine to different states
As the only country in the world whose constitution establishes the right to own and carry guns without restrictions, it is no surprise that the United States is fed up with guns.
The country is a global outlier in private gun ownership. The U.S. has about 4% of the world’s population, but its population owns nearly 40% of the world’s civilian weapons – nearly 121 per 100 people, according to a 2018 report by the Switzerland-based Small Arms Survey.
The strict split on this issue means that many states have very loose rules on gun ownership. And there is little that those with more stringent restrictions can do to stem the flow of firearms from less regulated states. A bill currently on the House Judiciary Committee, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, would force even states with stricter gun laws to accept concealed carry permits issued in states with less stringent laws.
In 2020, Indiana gun control laws were ranked 24th among the weakest in the country as the laws were rated D by the Giffords Law Center. Indiana had 14.0 gun deaths per 100,000 population in 2020, the 20th highest rate of any state.
Indiana prohibits the open carrying of handguns in most public places, but does offer concealed weapon licenses to qualified applicants. Licensees are allowed to carry hidden firearms in parks, hospitals, places of worship and polling stations. There are no government regulations on offensive weapons.