Free 5- year firearms , handguns licenses starting July 1 in Indiana


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Starting Wednesday, state and local fees will be waived for the five-year, previously four-year, ‘Qualified License’ and the ‘Unlimited License’ gun permits in Indiana with legal protections for gun owners against civil lawsuits.

First authored by House Representative Jim Lucas in January of 2019, House Bill 1284 goes into full effect on July 1, 2020.

The ‘Qualified License’ is for hunting and target shooting. However, it is only for the gun permit. In order to go hunting, an additional hunting license for the particular game a person wishes to hunt is required. The ‘Unlimited License’ is for concealed carry. This license is for handguns only and is recognized by 32 states.

Rep. Ben Smaltz. R-District 52, one of the co-authors of the bill, said in an interview that “removing financial barriers to someone being able to exercise their second amendment right is very important. It came to light over several hearings and it was our goal to eliminate those barriers for cost.”

Prior to July 1, 2020, a four-year firearm and handgun licenses had local fees and a state fee. Many Indiana congressmen and women felt this infringed on a person’s Second Amendment right.

“The overarching goal of all of this is to put the ability in the hands of the person defending themselves,” Rep. Smaltz said.

Under this new law, a person will still be able to hold a lifetime permit, a five-year permit or hold both. The lifetime permit still has state and local fees attached.

When asked why a person might hold both the lifetime permit and a five-year permit, Rep. Smaltz explained that “[the] five year permit will allow, if the State of Indiana and the Federal ATF come together, will allow a person to purchase and handgun during the period of their five-year permit without having to undergo a ‘NICS check‘ every time.”

He continued saying that this is beneficial for a person who has a common name. It eliminates a long, drawn out process for a background check.

In the state of Indiana, residents and those who work in the state but reside in another state may apply for either license.


  1. Did anybody tell these guys about Constitutional Carry? This seems like a huge workaround to a very simple problem: Just remove “carrying a concealed firearm” from the criminal code and leave everything else as-is.


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