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Legal Information: Indiana

State Gun Laws

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Updated: 
December 11, 2020

What is the definition of a felony?

A felony is a more serious crime than a misdemeanor. Throughout these gun law pages, we will refer to laws that make it illegal for someone convicted of a “serious violent felony” to have a gun.

Under Indiana law, a serious violent felony means:

(1) murder ( IC 35-42-1-1 );
(2) voluntary manslaughter ( IC 35-42-1-3 );
(3) reckless homicide not committed by means of a vehicle ( IC 35-42-1-5 );
(4) battery ( IC 35-42-2-1 ) as a:
(A) Class A felony, Class B felony, or Class C felony if committed before July 1, 2014;  or
(B) Level 2 felony, Level 3 felony, Level 4 felony, or Level 5 felony if committed after June 30, 2014;
(5) domestic battery ( IC 35-42-2-1.3 ) as a Level 2 felony, Level 3 felony, Level 4 felony, or Level 5 felony;
(6) aggravated battery ( IC 35-42-2-1.5 );
(7) kidnapping ( IC 35-42-3-2 );
(8) criminal confinement ( IC 35-42-3-3 );
(9) rape ( IC 35-42-4-1 );
(10) criminal deviate conduct ( IC 35-42-4-2 );
(11) child molesting ( IC 35-42-4-3 );
(12) sexual battery ( IC 35-42-4-8 ) as a:
(A) Class C felony if committed before July 1, 2014;  or
(B) Level 5 felony if committed after June 30, 2014;
(13) robbery ( IC 35-42-5-1 );
(14) carjacking (IC 5-42-5-2);
(15) arson ( IC 35-43-1-1(a) ) as a:
(A) Class A felony or Class B felony if committed before July 1, 2014;  or
(B) Level 2 felony, Level 3 felony, or Level 4 felony if committed after June 30, 2014;
(16) burglary ( IC 35-43-2-1 ) as a:
(A) Class A felony or Class B felony if committed before July 1, 2014;  or
(B) Level 1 felony, Level 2 felony, Level 3 felony, or Level 4 felony if committed after June 30, 2014;
(17) assisting a criminal ( IC 35-44.1-2-5 ) as a:
(A) Class C felony if committed before July 1, 2014; or
(B) Level 5 felony if committed after June 30, 2014;
(18) resisting law enforcement ( IC 35-44.1-3-1 ) as a:
(A) Class B felony or Class C felony if committed before July 1, 2014; or
(B) Level 2 felony, Level 3 felony, or Level 5 felony if committed after June 30, 2014;
(19) escape ( IC 35-44.1-3-4 ) as a:
(A) Class B felony or Class C felony if committed before July 1, 2014;  or
(B) Level 4 felony or Level 5 felony if committed after June 30, 2014;
(20) trafficking with an inmate ( IC 35-44.1-3-5 ) as a:
(A) Class C felony if committed before July 1, 2014; or
(B) Level 5 felony if committed after June 30, 2014;
(21) criminal organization intimidation ( IC 35-45-9-4 );
(22) stalking ( IC 35-45-10-5 ) as a:
(A) Class B felony or Class C felony if committed before July 1, 2014; or
(B) Level 4 felony or Level 5 felony if committed after June 30, 2014;
(23) incest ( IC 35-46-1-3 );
(24) dealing in or manufacturing cocaine or a narcotic drug ( IC 35-48-4-1 );
(25) dealing in methamphetamine ( IC 35-48-4-1.1 ) or manufacturing methamphetamine ( IC 35-48-4-1.2 );
(26) dealing in a schedule I, II, or III controlled substance ( IC 35-48-4-2 );
(27) dealing in a schedule IV controlled substance ( IC 35-48-4-3 ); or
(28) dealing in a schedule V controlled substance ( IC 35-48-4-4 ).1

If you are unsure if the abuser was convicted of a serious violent felony, you might want to talk to the prosecutor who handled the criminal case against the abuser to find out or go to the courthouse and search the conviction records.

1 IC § 35-47-4-5(b)