An early (posted, sigh) version of my gun-in-your-car-at-work piece that omitted the "at work" in the lede prompted a comment wondering aloud at gun-friendly Indiana being so bad about guns in your car.
Such wonderment is not off-base. Indiana is simultaneously very good and kinda bad when it comes to guns. "Sawed-off" shotguns aside,* you can own anything you can afford, as long as you pass a Federal NICS check. If you're not a criminal, the shall-issue License To Carry Handgun does not have difficult qualifications or high fees and you can even get a lifetime version.
However.... You will be really, really wanting that LTCH, for without it, you may only be carrying your handgun outside your own property if it is unloaded, "in a secure wrapper" and for the purposes of sale, trade or service; otherwise, you're in trouble, possibly committing a felony. If the range you frequent includes a gun store or better yet, a gunsmith and the officer's not inclined to press the point, you're in good shape; but you're rolling the dice.
It's an old law; the original "carry permit" dates back to the 1930s, with a number of revisions and improvements through the years. I will not be surprised if there's a lot of semi-hysterical and largely, generally ignorantly, misleading press coverage around the first of July. A little knowledge of the basics might help folks make sense of it all -- and recognize when they're being lied to.
* It's John Dillinger's fault, the rotten so-and-so.
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