Frquently Asked Questions about Gun Laws in Iowa
Generally Iowa is restrictive concerning guns.
As of April 29, 2015.
Can I carry a hand gun openly?
in Iowa open or conealed carry is permitted only with a permit obtained after a brief training course.
Do I need a permit to purhase a hand gun?
A permit is required to purchase a hand gun in Iowa ("Permit To Carry Weapons"). Long gun purchase needs no permit.
Is a license required to carry a concealed weapon?
Yes, the "Permit To Carry Weapons" serves this purpose wether the weapon is concealed or in the open.
Do I have to register my firearm?
Firearms do not have to be registered in Iowa.
Do I need a license to own a gun?
No you do not.
Are assault weapons banned?
Iowa does not restrict assault weapons.
What about NFA weapons?
NFA's are almost completely banned in Iowa.
What about vintage or antique weapons?
There is a provision for weapons made in or before 1898 and certain newer replicas (flintlock, percussion cap, or matchlock).
Before buying a gun check with your lawyer for the latest information and
a strong dose of common sense concerning “Stand Your Ground“ laws.
Remember, a child can never be trusted alone with a gun.