ebco, so, you have no license, right?
Take a look at Indiana Code 35-47-2-2(11) (Excepted persons). You are O.K. under Indiana law if you have it unloaded (empty mags) in a "secure wrapper" to the place of repair. Under Kentucky law, IIRC, you can carry it openly. I'd look over KY law just to be certain.
Yes, there are many training opportunities in Indiana. You may want to check out the Boone County Sheriff's Department classes. I believe there is a basic handgun class (open to the public) in May. I believe the cost is $150 for 2 days. I have taken it and it is a wonderful bargain. The Sheriff, Ken Campbell, is an adjunct Gunsite instructor.
Here's an article about the class which features my insightful quotation--