ABOUT THE LTCH:
This thread actually covers a wide range of questions about the LTCH in general (except how to apply for it):
How do I apply for my LTCH?
Of note, it's often said that you go to whichever local law enforcement agency would respond if you called 911. It should go without saying, but just in case, please do not test this by calling that number! Look in the front of your phone book if you're not sure. Call the NON-EMERGENCY number for your local police department or sheriff's office and ask them to verify for you whether it would be their department or another that would respond to your home.
What's the difference between an LTCH and a CCW?
LTCH is a License to Carry Handgun. Concealed or open is not specified. The type of weapon is specified. This is the type of license/permit that Indiana offers to its residents. CCW is a Concealed Carry Weapon (permit). Concealed is specified. The type of weapon is not specified (although it is usually restricted to certain types). Indiana does NOT offer this type of license/permit.
What the heck IS an LTCH?
LTCH is a License to Carry Handgun. All the cool kids call it a "Larry" (License to cARRY). This is the type of license/permit that Indiana offers to its residents. It is ONLY legal to carry a handgun if you have a valid LTCH, with a very few exceptions to that rule in either direction. Also note that it's a license to carry a handgun. It's not an authorization for any other type of weapon.
Two things to note:
1) If you do not have an LTCH, you can still buy a handgun and transport it in your or someone else’s vehicle that you are lawfully present in (no carjacking, now…). The gun must be unloaded, not readily accessible, and in a secure wrapper (such as, but not necessarily, a locked, hard-shelled case).
2) You can now transport your handgun to your favorite range without an LTCH, if the gun is in a secure wrapper, unloaded, and not readily accessible.
These things have changed as of July 1, 2011. You will probably see old references all over INGO to having to have the LTCH to transport a handgun. If the post was made before that date, those references were probably correct at the time they were made, but are now outdated.
For further reference, note this Indiana Code, amended and effective July 1, 2011: Indiana Code 35-47-2
Carrying a handgun without a license or by person convicted of domestic battery Sec. 1. (a) Except as provided in subsections (b) and (c) and section 2 of this chapter, a person shall not carry a handgun in any vehicle or on or about the person's body without being licensed under this chapter to carry a handgun.
(b) Except as provided in subsection (c), a person may carry a handgun without being licensed under this chapter to carry a handgun if:
(1) the person carries the handgun on or about the person's body in or on property that is owned, leased, rented, or otherwise legally controlled by the person;
(2) the person carries the handgun on or about the person's body while lawfully present in or on property that is owned, leased, rented, or otherwise legally controlled by another person, if the person:
(A) has the consent of the owner, renter, lessor, or person who legally controls the property to have the handgun on the premises;
(B) is attending a firearms related event on the property, including a gun show, firearms expo, gun owner's club or convention, hunting club, shooting club, or training course; or
(C) the person is on the property to receive firearms related services, including the repair, maintenance, or modification of a firearm;
(3) the person carries the handgun in a vehicle that is owned, leased, rented, or otherwise legally controlled by the person, if the handgun is:
(B) not readily accessible; and
(C) secured in a case;
(4) the person carries the handgun while lawfully present in a vehicle that is owned, leased, rented, or otherwise legally controlled by another person, if the handgun is:
(B) not readily accessible; and
(C) secured in a case; or
(5) the person carries the handgun:
(A) at a shooting range (as defined in IC 14-22-31.5-3);
(B) while attending a firearms instructional course; or
(C) while engaged in a legal hunting activity.
(c) Unless the person's right to possess a firearm has been restored under IC 35-47-4-7, a person who has been convicted of domestic battery under IC 35-42-2-1.3 may not possess or carry a handgun.
(d) This section may be not construed:
(1) to prohibit a person who owns, leases, rents, or otherwise legally controls private property from regulating or prohibiting the possession of firearms on the private property;
(2) to allow a person to adopt or enforce an ordinance, resolution, policy, or rule that:
(A) prohibits; or
(B) has the effect of prohibiting;
an employee of the person from possessing a firearm or ammunition that is locked in the trunk of the employee's vehicle, kept in the glove compartment of the employee's locked vehicle, or stored out of plain sight in the employee's locked vehicle, unless the person's adoption or enforcement of the ordinance, resolution, policy, or rule is allowed under IC 34-28-7-2(b); or
(3) to allow a person to adopt or enforce a law, statute, ordinance, resolution, policy, or rule that allows a person to possess or transport a firearm or ammunition if the person is prohibited from possessing or transporting the firearm or ammunition by state or federal law.
Sec. 2. Section 1 of this chapter does not apply to:
(3) the commissioner of the department of correction or persons authorized by the commissioner in writing to carry firearms;
(4) judicial officers;
(5) law enforcement officers;
(6) members of the armed forces of the United States or of the national guard or organized reserves while they are on duty;
(7) regularly enrolled members of any organization duly authorized to purchase or receive such weapons from the United States or from this state who are at or are going to or from their place of assembly or target practice;
(8) employees of the United States duly authorized to carry handguns;
(9) employees of express companies when engaged in company business; or
(10) any person engaged in the business of manufacturing, repairing, or dealing in firearms or the agent or representative of any such person having in the person’s possession, using, or carrying a handgun in the usual or ordinary course of that business.
OK, so wait a second. I'm getting corrected when I call it a permit. What's the difference between that and a license?
Honestly? No real difference. In states that call it a permit and in states that call it a license, you have to get permission from the state to be allowed to lawfully exercise your right to keep and bear arms off of your own property. In Indiana, the technically-legal name is a License To Carry Handgun, or LTCH. In all cases, it is a restriction on (or an infringement of) your Constitutional (and more importantly, Natural) rights. If you have to ask permission, it's not a right. The states of Alaska, Arizona, and Wyoming have all removed the necessity of having a permission slip, and the state of Vermont never had one to begin with. Interestingly enough, all of those states' firearm crime rates seem to be low. Constitutional Carry seems to be a good thing: Let's all lobby our legislators to pass it and eliminate this silly nonsense.
How long does it take to get an LTCH?
As of May 2010, we're hearing reports of people receiving them in as little as 1 week (using the L-1 process and applying online). If you're stuck going into your local PD and doing everything manually, it's still a several week process. As of July 2010, the manual wait time appears to be about 12 weeks.
Indiana State Police Firearms Licensing Section: ***Phone Number Hidden*** (See Rules for more info)
What is this L-1 process?
L-1 Identity Solutions is a third-party contracted by the State to perform the fingerprinting and background check. It's available in all counties and the only choice available in some. Combined with submitting your LTCH application online (in the available counties), this greatly speeds the process of receiving your pretty pink piece of paper.
Home - L-1 Identity Solutions
Should I get the Lifetime or the 4-year? Personal Protection or Target/Hunting?
Lifetime Personal Protection. Yes, it costs more to get the Lifetime rather than the 4-Year, but Indiana is currently the only state that offers it, and it saves you the hassle of having to remember to renew your license every four years. Go ahead and get the Personal Protection license rather than the Target/Hunting license. This gives you the option to carry it should you ever decide you want to, and on the off chance you "forget" to take it out of your car and somehow managed to get pulled over, your Personal Protection license clearly covers you. This is also a strong reason why your Significant Other and anyone else who may be driving your vehicles (children..?) should have a LTCH also.
Of note: While the Lifetime LTCH is usually recommended, those of you who are not IN residents the 4 year is the only one you can have. Also, the cost breaks even after what, three renewals? So if you don't plan on being here more than 12 years, perhaps the 4 year would be better.
When can I renew my current license?
Within 365 days of your current license's expiration date and not before.
Can I convert my current 4-year license to a Lifetime license?
Sorry, Charlie. You should have gotten the Lifetime when you had the chance. You'll have to wait until your current license is within the 365-day renewal period noted above before you can renew and choose the Lifetime option.
My license expired two months ago, but I reapplied for a new license yesterday. Can I still carry my gun?
No. If the application for renewal of an existing license is filed within thirty (30) days of its expiration, the existing license is automatically extended until the application for renewal is passed upon. You'll need to carry your application receipt along with your license until the renewal arrives. If you reapply after the license expired, (even if it's within 30 days), even the receipt does not allow you to carry legally. You must wait until your new license arrives.
Some tips once your LTCH arrives:
In this order:
1) Make copies. If you can, scan it and save it to your computer.
2) Store the original in your safe.
3) Sign each of your copies.
4) Laminate each of your copies.
5) Have one EVERYWHERE.
6) SIGN BEFORE YOU LAMINATE.
One of our members, Printcraft, is offering free LTCH lamination to members of INGO: http://ingunowners.com/forums/carry_...o_members.html
So am I really allowed to make a copy of my LTCH?
Technically... No. But you still may find this thread interesting. INGO member Cordex actually ASKED the people who should know!
Oops. I didn't make a copy of my LTCH, and I've managed to lose the one I have. Can I get a replacement?
Yes. You just need to request a duplicate from the ISP. At this time, it's a $20 replacement fee. When you get it, make copies.
What happens if I move?
You need to inform the Indiana State Police within 60 days of your address change. They won't send you a new license with your new address unless you also pay $20 for a new copy. Your old license will still be valid, provided you've notified the ISP of your address change. Here's a link to the form:
http://forms.in.gov/Download.aspx?id=6643 (it's a PDF, but at this time it doesn't seem to download as one. Just open it with your favorite PDF reader.)
Or call the Indiana State Police Firearms Licensing Section at ***Phone Number Hidden*** (See Rules for more info).
Also, INGO member Dwight called and spoke with Megan at the above number in re: his daughter living at college and keeping her address of record at his home. He was told that as long as she can receive mail there, she can list it as her address.
How will I know that my address has been updated?
You won't. The ISP just updates their database. They will not notify you that they have done so, but you are free to call the Firearms Licensing Section to verify your address on file. You might as well just go ahead and spend the $20 on a new license at the time you update your address so you'll not only get a freshly-minted license (with your new address), but it will also serve as your notification that they've updated their records.
What happens to my Lifetime LTCH if I move out of state?
INGO member CountryBoy19 called the ISP and asked them. There are special provisions for military deployment as their residency may still technically be in Indiana, but for civilians, you notify the ISP of your new address and your license will be "deactivated". If you move back to Indiana, you can have it "re-activated" without going through the license process again.
Not to invalidate the call CountryBoy19 made, but more recent info suggests that you just notify ISP of the change in address. No change in validity, as such is not provided for in the Indiana Code. Member Chezuki mentioned some Lifetime LTCHs that are valid with out of state addresses. They just can't be originally issued to someone who is not a resident.
I heard that the lifetime LTCH won't be available anymore. Is this true?
NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO. Doing away with the lifetime license would involve introducing and passing legislation to change the law. Currently, there are no bills in the State Legislature to amend the existing law. Whoever told you that it's going away doesn't know what they're talking about.
When can I renew my four-year LTCH to a Lifetime?
According to Indiana Code, one year before expiration.
Granting or rejecting initial application; renewals
Sec. 6. (a) Every initial application for any license under this chapter shall be granted or rejected within sixty (60) days after the application is filed.
(b) The period during which an application for the renewal of an existing license may be filed begins three hundred sixty-five (365) days before the expiration of the existing license. If the application for renewal of an existing license is filed within thirty (30) days of its expiration, the existing license is automatically extended until the application for renewal is passed upon.
As added by P.L.311-1983, SEC.32. Amended by P.L.190-2006, SEC.4; P.L.47-2010, SEC.2.
Someone should create a list of pertinent Indiana Codes that I can carry around in my wallet in case Something Bad happens!
Interesting you should mention that...
If a LEO runs my driver's license(DL), my LTCH status shows up, too, right?
From numerous LEOs: Your DL information is not in any way tied in the BMV database to your LTCH. An officer running your license will not automatically be told of your carry status. There is a separate state-level database in which they can look to verify (but will probably have dispatch do it for them) and many counties and cities have a RMS (Records Management System) into which they input that information when you make application in their county for your LTCH. That latter means that if you make application in Brown County and begin carrying, then you get pulled over afterward for a traffic stop, if you're in Brown County, the officer might be aware of it, but if you're in Marion County or any of the other 90 counties in the state, they would not, without going to that specific state-level database.
*UPDATE 11/2011 - Rumor has it that this has changed. Some officers are now reporting that the LTCH database is now tied directly into the Indiana Data and Communications System (IDACS, the state-wide law enforcement computer system) and will appear when they run any inquiry by driver's license number, or name and DOB.