State Gun Laws for Iowa

Iowa State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. *Always Consult An Attorney.

Iowa Gun Laws

Iowa Gun Laws

Licensing/Registration
Rifles/Shotguns
Handguns
Permit to Purchase
No
Yes
Firearm Registration
No
No
Licensing of Owners
No
No
Permit to Carry
No
Yes
Legal Liabilities
Responsibility
*'Special places' mentioned in statute, such as:
home, workplace, occupied vehicle.
Duty to retreat before using deadly force outside of special places
Yes
Crimes justifying the use of deadly force outside of special places
Yes
Duty to retreat before using deadly force when occupying special places
No
Crimes justifying the use of deadly force in special places (Presumption of Reasonableness)
No
Immunity from civil liability
Yes
Notable provisions of self-defense law in Iowa
Yes

How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Iowa

Iowa will not publish a list of states that recognize their permit, so it is up to the individual permit holder to verify what states offer reciprocity for an Iowa permit.

Applications MUST be filed with the Sheriff of the county of residence (except applications for a Nonresident Professional Permit and applications for a Professional Permit for a state employee whose need to go armed is employment based, which are filed with the Iowa Department of Public Safety).

APPLICATION FOR ANNUAL PERMIT TO ACQUIRE PISTOLS/REVOLVERS: CLICK HERE:

APPLICATION FOR PERMIT TO CARRY WEAPONS: CLICK HERE:

This link is to a General FAQ: CLICK HERE:

State Website: CLICK HERE:

Further information about weapon permits in Iowa may be obtained by contacting the Program Services Bureau of the Department in one of the following ways:

U.S. Mail:

Weapon Permits

Program Services Bureau

Administrative Services Division

Iowa Department of Public Safety

Department of Public Safety Building

215 East 7th Street, 4th Floor

Des Moines, IA 50319-0045

Electronic Mail:

[email protected]

Telephone:  (515) 725-6230

Fax: (515) 725-6264


 State Gun Laws Iowa IA 

Iowa Sate Gun Laws Vary From All Other States

State gun laws vary significantly from in Iowa to all other states. The laws identify different gun related laws including the possession, the use, and the sale of firearms and ammunition, and in some states it even regulates accessories that can be used on the gun including the capacity of magazine sizes for both semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Also, many states even including Iowa have regulations regarding the number of rounds that can be in a shotgun tube or magazine. (For Hunting) There are even specific gun laws unique to the District of Columbia and for US held territories.

Many state gun laws are even more restrictive than federal laws in both their content, their form, and the restriction of what types of weapons and ammunition can be sold within the state and the manner in which they can be possessed by state or territorial residents. It is vital that all residents of Iowa know ALL of the State Gun Laws!

As of 2019 there are 44 states that have some special provisions in their state constitutions that are very similar in language used in the second amendment of the United States Constitution, specifically language which protects the citizens of the State the rights to keep and bear arms.

In Iowa As In All States You Must Know The Gun Laws

The states which are well known to be anti-gun, and seem to have obvious political leanings against the Second Amendment are New York, California, New Jersey, Iowa, Minnesota and Maryland. Luckily, in the US supreme court decision of McDonald vs. Chicago; That the protections of the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms for self defense in one’s home apply against state governments and their politically motivated provisions, thereby preventing a state from abolishing completely any second amendment protections afforded by the US Constitution.

Typically, and in many cases State Gun Laws (Firearms) of Iowa are usually less restrictive than federal laws yet is not always the case, and one must be aware of these restrictions anytime they are purchasing or carrying a firearm in Iowa especially while using a concealed carry permit and traveling between states. There are many states that have reciprocity agreements and Iowa may be one of them, the recipocity are very specific on what states your particular permit will be accepted and recognized.

If You Travel From Iowa With A Gun Know The Recipocity Laws!

Keep in mind that although your Iowa permit may have a reciprocity agreement with a state you plan to visit the visiting state may have individual gun restrictions preventing your particular firearm or type of ammunition from being in their state, it is always wise to do your homework before traveling, keep in mind that a reciprocity CCW permit is not a blanket approval.

Remember this does not automatically include any de jure immunity against prosecution for violating any Iowa state gun laws or possible violations of any federal gun laws!

It should be noted that Iowa state and local police departments are generally not legally required or obligated to enforce federal gun laws as per the US Supreme Court ruling in Printz vs. The United States.

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