Attorney Addresses New Indiana Firearm Restoration Law

Jeffrey B. Jackson, Esq., an Indiana based attorney with the Law Firm of Higbee & Associates, which runs, spoke with John Kesler of WIBC Radio, regarding the effects of the new criminal record expungement law on restoration of firearms rights, on August 19, 2013.

Positive Changes With To Indiana Firearm Restoration Law

Indiana’s new criminal record expungement law, IC 35-38-9, (also know as a “Second Chance Law”), was implemented on July 1, 2013 and extends the availability of expungements and record sealing to thousands arrested and/or convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in Indiana. Record clearing will not only provide thousands of former offenders the chance to become an active participant in society, but, in addition, the new law will allow those who are granted expungements and record clearing the opportunity to petition for the restoration of all rights, including the right to restore firearms.

According to Jackson, “the big issue (is) the fact that a felon can get his (or her) gun back if the offense is expunged (provided federal law permits it).” The passing of this law is great news for Hoosiers with former convictions. Once a person’s record is expunged, he or she will be able to petition for the restoration of firearm rights.

Overwhelming Response From The Public

During the broadcast, Jackson answered incoming calls. All twenty lines available to WIBC were full, which is the most calls for a guest on the program since the election last year. Jackson attributes the popularity of the broadcast to Hoosier’s passion for owning firearms noting that for some people in Indiana, “being able to get their guns back is almost as important as breathing.”

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4 Responses to Attorney Addresses New Indiana Firearm Restoration Law

  1. Tony smith says:

    I would like more information on the cost. Thanks.

    • Jenna Thorne says:

      Hi Tony,
      You can see more information on our Indiana services here:

      If your case is eligible to be expunged, we charge $950. If you are not eligible for an expungement but would like to petition for a firearm rights restoration, we charge $1500. We offer flexible, interest-free payment plans for both of these services. Please contact our office for additional information.

  2. John says:

    Class b felony. Happened in 1986. Non violent am I eligible

    • Jenna Thorne says:

      Hello John, based on the information you have provided it sounds very likely you may be eligible for a felony expungement which would restore your firearm rights; however, there are some specific requirements that we would need to confirm with you before we can give a definitive answer. Please take our online eligibility test at or contact our office at (877) 573-7273 to discuss your options with us.

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