Introduced Version




Citations Affected: IC 35-47-2-3.

Synopsis: Handgun licenses and safety education. Prohibits a handgun license from being issued to a person who has not participated in handgun safety education approved by the superintendent of the state police department. Requires the superintendent to adopt a policy that specifies the criteria for adequate handgun safety education.

Effective: July 1, 2001.

Smith V

    January 9, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development.


First Regular Session 112th General Assembly (2001)

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    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning criminal law and procedure.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 35-47-2-3; (01)IN1297.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 35-47-2-3 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001]: Sec. 3. (a) A person desiring a license to carry a handgun shall apply:
        (1) to the chief of police or corresponding law enforcement officer of the municipality in which he resides;
        (2) if that municipality has no such officer, or if the applicant does not reside in a municipality, to the sheriff of the county in which he resides after he has obtained an application form prescribed by the superintendent; or
        (3) if he is a resident of another state and has a regular place of business or employment in Indiana, to the sheriff of the county in which he has a regular place of business or employment.
    (b) The law enforcement agency which accepts an application for a handgun license shall collect a ten dollar ($10) application fee, five dollars ($5) of which shall be refunded if the license is not issued. Except as provided in subsection (g), the fee shall be:
        (1) deposited into the law enforcement agency's firearms training

fund or other appropriate training activities fund; and
        (2) used by the agency for the purpose of:
            (A) training law enforcement officers in the proper use of firearms or other law enforcement duties; or
            (B) purchasing for the law enforcement officers employed by the law enforcement agency firearms or firearm related equipment, or both.
The state board of accounts shall establish rules for the proper accounting and expenditure of funds collected under this subsection.
    (c) The officer to whom the application is made shall ascertain concerning the applicant his name, full address, length of residence in the community, whether his residence is located within the limits of any city or town, occupation, place of business or employment, criminal record, if any, and convictions (minor traffic offenses excepted), age, race, sex, nationality, date of birth, citizenship, height, weight, build, color of hair, color of eyes, scars and marks, whether the applicant has previously held an Indiana license to carry a handgun and, if so, the serial number of the license and year issued, whether his license has ever been suspended or revoked, and if so, the year and reason for the suspension or revocation, and the applicant's reason for desiring a license. The officer to whom the application is made shall conduct an investigation into the applicant's official records and verify thereby the applicant's character and reputation, and shall in addition verify for accuracy the information contained in the application, and shall forward this information together with his recommendation for approval or disapproval and one (1) set of legible and classifiable fingerprints of the applicant to the superintendent.
    (d) The superintendent may make whatever further investigation he deems necessary. Whenever disapproval is recommended, the officer to whom the application is made shall provide the superintendent and the applicant with his complete and specific reasons, in writing, for the recommendation of disapproval.
    (e) If it appears to the superintendent that the applicant has a proper reason for carrying a handgun and is of good character and reputation and a proper person to be so licensed, he shall issue to the applicant a qualified or an unlimited license to carry any handgun lawfully possessed by the applicant. The original license shall be delivered to the licensee. A copy shall be delivered to the officer to whom the application for license was made. A copy shall be retained by the superintendent for at least four (4) years. This license shall be valid for a period of four (4) years from the date of issue. The license of police officers, sheriffs or their deputies, and law enforcement officers of the

United States government who have been honorably retired by a lawfully created pension board or its equivalent after twenty (20) or more years of service, shall be valid for the life of such individuals. However, such lifetime licenses are automatically revoked if the license holder does not remain a proper person.
    (f) A license to carry a handgun shall not be issued to any person who:
        (1) has been convicted of a felony;
        (2) is under eighteen (18) years of age;
        (3) is under twenty-three (23) years of age if the person has been adjudicated a delinquent child for an act that would be a felony if committed by an adult; or
        (4) has been arrested for a Class A or Class B felony, or any other felony that was committed while armed with a deadly weapon or that involved the use of violence, if a court has found probable cause to believe that the person committed the offense charged; or
        (5) has not participated in handgun safety education as approved by the superintendent or the superintendent's designee.

In the case of an arrest under subdivision (4), a license to carry a handgun may be issued to a person who has been acquitted of the specific offense charged or if the charges for the specific offense are dismissed. The superintendent shall prescribe all forms to be used in connection with the administration of this chapter. In addition, the superintendent shall adopt a policy specifying the criteria for adequate handgun safety education under subdivision (5).
    (g) If the law enforcement agency that charges a fee under subsection (b) is a city or town law enforcement agency, the fee shall be deposited in the law enforcement continuing education fund established under IC 5-2-8-2.