If a child is adjudicated a delinquent child for an act that would be a felony if committed by an adult, that child is prohibited from receiving a license to carry a handgun until he or she reaches twenty-three years of age. I.C. 35-47-2-3(g)(4). Most other children would become eligible to get a license to carry a handgun when they reach eighteen years of age. I.C. 35-47-2-3(g)(3).
This is yet another collateral consequence of juvenile adjudications that is likely not part of the discussion during the juvenile delinquency case. For a broad overview of collateral consequences, go to the American Bar Association’s website, beforeyouplea.com.
Shoutout to defense attorney Kirk Freeman from Tippecanoe County for an excellent continuing legal education seminar on firearms that included this information.