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New law eliminates county fees for Marion County gun permits

The law dropping the fees took effect July 1.

INDIANAPOLIS — Thousands more people in Marion County will have the right to carry a firearm at no cost to the county.

Although the fees for a license to carry permit in Marion County went in to effect July 1, employees at IMPD's Citizens Services Desk have already been extremely busy.

When the doors of Police Citizen Services, in the east wing of the City-County Building, reopen after the holiday for gun permits, employees expect to be faced with long lines again. That's because now in Marion County, a five-year license to carry won't cost a dime in county fees. 

The new law dropping the fees took effect July 1.

Citizens Services has already processed 3,268 gun permits in the month of June alone, according to the Department of Public Safety. There is signage instructing people to first go online to complete their gun permit application. Then once at the City-County Building, employees are using social distancing safety measures to accommodate the long lines. That includes keeping applicants standing in line six feet apart.

While the five-year permit is free, gun permit applicants will still incur a cost for the required federal background check.

Here is the official language for the change in gun permit fees:

Effective July 1, 2020 the five year license to carry a handgun (LTCH) will become fee exempt, per IC 35-47-2-4. The five year and lifetime LTCH may be applied for and held concurrently. 

The five year LTCH will NOT qualify as an alternative to the NICS background check requirement.  The language is in place in the statute to create the groundwork needed for the NICS exemption however the NICS check is governed Federally. Only the ATF can certify the five year LTCH  to qualify as an alternative to the NICS requirements. Currently there is no additional information on if or when the Indiana five year LTCH may become an alternative to the NICS background check.

Gun permits aren't the only thing on the rise recently.  Central Indiana gun shop workers tell 13News firearms sales are also up. They encourage gun owners to take a firearms course or lessons to learn more about gun laws, safety and responsibility.

Employees at Police Citizens Services believe since June was busy, they will have an even busier month of July for gun permit applications.