Federal law defines a number of classes of prohibited purchasers or possessors,
including felons, fugitives, persons adjudicated as "mental defectives" or those
committed to mental institutions, and leaves to the states the power to
determine additional classes.
In addition to the federal prohibitions, Indiana has adopted other classes of
prohibited persons, and incorporated some of the federal prohibitions as state
Indiana Code Annotated § 35-47-2-7(b) prohibits any person
from transferring a handgun to an individual who the transferor has reasonable
cause to believe:
- Has been convicted of a felony or adjudicated a delinquent child for an act
that would be a felony if committed by an adult, if the person seeking to obtain
ownership or possession of the handgun is less than 23 years of age;
- Is a drug abuser;
- Is an alcohol abuser; or
- Is mentally incompetent.
A person may not sell, give, or otherwise transfer a handgun to any person
under age 18. Section 35-47-2-7(a). In addition, a child (defined as a
person under age 18 per section 35-47-10-3) who knowingly, intentionally, or
recklessly possesses a firearm for any purpose other than those described in section 35-47-10-1 commits a Class A misdemeanor. Section 35-47-10-5.
In addition, any person convicted of domestic battery under section 35-42-2-1.3, or any person convicted of committing, attempting to commit, or conspiring to commit a serious violent felony, is prohibited from possessing a firearm. Sections 35-47-4-5, 35-47-4-6.
If any of this applies to your situation, you would not be able to own the weapon.