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Why do I need a lifetime handgun license?

In Indiana, individuals can apply for lifetime licenses to carry a handgun or a license that expires in four years. I.C. 35-47-2-3. What is the difference really and why does not matter? While there is a slight difference in cost, the process is essentially the same.

This week, the Indiana Court of Appeals issued a decision that essentially explains why individuals should strongly consider applying for a lifetime license requirement rather than a four year license. In Williams v. State, 49A02-1704-CR-841, the Court addressed a circumstance where Wilson was in possession of a handgun when he was pulled over by police. While Wilson had a license to carry a handgun, that license had expired just a few days before he was pulled over. Despite the fact that he had obtained and was in possession of a valid license shortly before he interacted with police, the Court of Appeals nonetheless found that had violated the law and was guilty of Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without being licensed. In a short and straightforward decision, the Court succinctly noted that the law provides that, “[a] person shall not carry a handgun in any vehicle or on or about the person’s body without being licensed.” The Court’s decision can be found at http://www.in.gov/judiciary/opinions/pdf/11271701msm.pdf.

Are you looking for an Indiana firearms attorney that understands your constitutional rights? Contact the attorneys at Keffer Barnhart LLP today if you have questions or believe your constitutional or criminal rights have been violated. We stand ready to provide our clients with trusted representation and accurate information regarding the law and its application to their individualized case. Act now and contact us today at 1-800-NOT-GUILTY or (317) 857-0160.