Gun Deaths Per Year
Highest Gun Death Rate
Gun Deaths Per 100K Residents
Safe Storage/FSD Requirements
Children/Teenagers Residing In The Home
Federal Law
Gun Violence In Indiana
Important Resources/Hotlines
Safe Storage/FSD Requirements

No, Indiana does not require a locking device/FSD to accompany the sale of a firearm, and no state statutes require firearm owners to affirmatively lock their weapons.
  • Make sure children and unauthorized users do not have access to your firearm or ammunition.
  • Assume 24-hour a day responsibility for any firearm in your possession.
  • When not in use, a firearm should be stored unloaded in a gun safe, lock box or other secure location, separate from the ammunition. 
  • Before storing the firearm, ensure it is unloaded.
  • Take a class to learn firearm safety and educate children on firearm safety.
  • Avoid use of alcohol or drugs before or while handling a firearm.
  • Clean and inspect the firearm regularly.
  • Always handle the firearm as if it were loaded.

Source: IN.GOV

Children/Teenagers Residing In The Home

  • Teach children the difference between toy guns and real guns.
  • Explain television shows and movies depicting violence with guns are not real and often show guns being handled in an unsafe manner.
  • Teach children that a firearm found anywhere should be considered a real gun, should not be touched and the child should report the discovery of the weapon to a responsible adult.

Additional safety precautions should be taken if anyone else residing in the home is known to abuse alcohol or drugs, exhibits violent behavior, or suffers from depression or mental illnesses.

Federal Law

  • It is unlawful for any licensed importer, manufacturer or dealer to sell or transfer any handgun unless the transferee is provided with a secure gun storage or safety device.
    • The law includes various exceptions, including transfers to other federal firearms licensees, law enforcement officers, and federal, state or local agencies.
    • The legislation does not apply to transfers by private sellers. and does not require that transferees use the device.
    • There are no current federal standards for locking devices.
    • January 16, 2013, President Obama signed a series of executive orders to address gun violence and school safety in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre in December 2012.
    • On of the orders calls for the Consumer Product Safety Commision to review the effectiveness of gun locks and gun safes.
    • Including existing coluntary industry standards, and take steps that may be warranted to improve those standards.
    • A statement by President Obama: “We also need to make sure that gun locks and gun safes work as intended. Several gun lock have been subject to recall due to their failure to function properly; that is not acceptable.”

Sources: The White House, Now is the Time: The President’s Plan to Protect Our Children and Our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence (Jan. 16, 2013):


  • On average, someone is killed with a gun every 9/10 hours in Indiana. That’s 907 people a year!

  • Somewhere around 907-937 gun deaths per year

  • 19th highest gun death rate

  • 14.0 gun deaths per 100K residents

Gun Violence In Indiana

Gun Suicide

  • 61% of gun deaths are suicides
  • Nearly 56% of all suicide deaths in Indiana involve firearms.
  • Between 2013-2017, 2,763 people died by gun related suicide. That’s one every 16 hours!

Young People and Guns

  • From 2013-2017, 1,037 people under the age of 25 were killed with a gun in Indiana.
  • Guns are the 2nd leading cause of death for children ages 1-17 in Indiana.
  • Exposure to gun violence can cause lasting trauma, leading to PTSD, chronic stress and decreased future earnings for young people.

Domestic Violence

  • From 2007-2016, 113 Women were killed with a gun by their intimate partner in Indiana…
  • Guns make domestic violence incidents far more likely to end in death.
  • Nearly 53% of Indiana’s intimate partner homicides involve a gun.

Source: Giffords Law Center


Important Resources/Hotlines

Where to Call for Help with Domestic Violence

24-Hour Hotlines

Domestic Violence Network of Greater Indianapolis Navigation Hub: “HELPLINE/2-1-1” at 317-926-HELP (4357)

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-332-7385

Crisis and Suicide Intervention Service 317-251-7575 or TEXT CSIS to 839863

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE(7233)
1-800-787-3224 (TDD)

Emergency and Law Enforcement

Emergency 911


Though Indiana has enacted a few gun safety policies, it has unacceptably weak gun laws overall. State lawmakers must do more to protect their constituents.

Gun Laws Indiana Does Have…

  • Handgun Dealer Regulation
  • Certain Child Access Prevention Laws
  • Certain Open Carry Regulations
  • Extreme Risk Protection Orders

What Indiana Is Missing!

  • Universal Background Checks
  • Gun Owner Licensing
  • Most Domestic Violence Gun Laws
  • Assault Weapon Restrictions
  • Large Capacity Magazine Ban
  • Waiting Periods
  • Strong Concealed Carry Law
  • Community Violence Intervention Funding

10 Important Firearm Safety Device Tips:

Laws concerning firearms ownership,  storage and handling vary among states and local jurisdictions. Learn and comply with your state and local laws and those of any jurisdiction to which you plan to transport or use firearms.

  • 1. All Firearms should always be assumed to be loaded and should be handled as such.
  • 2. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using.
  • 3. Don’t rely on your gun’s “safety”.
  • 4. Keep firearms pointed in a safe direction at all times, even when unloaded.
  • 5. Store firearms unloaded, locked, and in an out-of-sight location out of the reach of children.
  • 6. Store ammunition separately under lock and key.
  • 7. Store your gun lock key in a place separate from the gun out of the reach of any unauthorized users.
  • 8. Gun locks are not a substitute for safe firearm handling and storage.
  • 9. Safety and safe firearms handling are everyone’s responsibility.
  • 10. Teach children basic principles of firearm safety. When encountering a gun: Do not touch it! Tell and adult!

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