Indiana offers a lifetime handgun permit to Indiana residents, per IC 35-47-2-4 (a)(2):

Licenses to carry handguns shall be either qualified or unlimited, and are valid for ... the life of the individual receiving the license in the case of a lifetime license.

However, I can not find any indication of the validity of the permit (and therefore its reciprocity with other states) if the resident relocates out of Indiana. The closest I can find is IC 35-47-2-3(g)(4)(B):

...a lifetime license is automatically revoked if the license holder does not remain a proper person.

However, I do not believe that "Indiana Residency" is a requirement of being a proper person, as it is not mentioned in the definition of "Proper Person" at IC 35-47-1-7

...So that leaves me at a loss. Do those holding a Lifetime Indiana Handgun Permit retain said permit, even after Indiana Residency?

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    Are you asking if your permit would be valid should you return to Indiana, or are you asking if it's valid in your new state of residence?
    – Michael
    Aug 5, 2022 at 22:34
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    @Michael Particularly focusing on if it's valid in any case whatsoever, now that I'm not an Indiana resident. As in, if I show a Florida Officer my Indiana License to Carry, is that license valid, even though I am now a resident of Florida (which reciprocates validity with Indiana licenses)
    – Tyler M
    Aug 6, 2022 at 2:30
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    Could you add the definition of "Proper Person" to the question (the link has a geoblock)? Aug 6, 2022 at 6:05
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    @MarkJohnson it's a very long section, but broadly, a person who is not been convicted of any of several crimes, not delinquent on child support or taxes, that sort of thing.
    – Michael
    Aug 6, 2022 at 6:15

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There doesn't seem to be any indication I could find that your Indiana license would expire or be revoked. That said, that question is likely moot for your purposes per the comment you left. Your Indiana permit is no longer valid in Florida if you have been a Florida resident for 91 days or more.

Florida handgun license reciprocity is covered by S 790.015 and applies to non-residents. Individuals who establish residency in Florida and have a license from another state have 90 days to acquire a Florida license (emphasis mine):

(3) If the resident of another state who is the holder of a valid license to carry a concealed weapon or concealed firearm issued in another state establishes legal residence in this state by:

(a) Registering to vote;

(b) Making a statement of domicile pursuant to s. 222.17; or

(c) Filing for homestead tax exemption on property in this state, the license shall remain in effect for 90 days following the date on which the holder of the license establishes legal state residence

  • This does allude to the practical application of how it would affect me - still I wonder, is the Indiana license revoked from Indiana?
    – Tyler M
    Aug 7, 2022 at 4:59
  • @TylerM I wonder too. In many (32) states it is possible for non-residents to apply for and hold licenses, so it's not outside the realm of possibility that the license would remain valid. Hopefully someone else does come along with a conclusive answer.
    – Michael
    Aug 7, 2022 at 19:41

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