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|IOWA GUN LAWS - OVERVIEW|
Iowa Code 724.1, et seq.: Weapons
Types of Illegal Firearms
Possession, sale, transfer, or manufacture of the below firearms is illegal:
Waiting Period Before Purchase
Who May Not Own Guns
Iowa prohibits several different categories of individuals from owning or possessing pistols:
Laws Prohibiting Firearms On or Near School Grounds
No state permit is required to purchase a rifle or shotgun.
An annual permit to purchase is required to purchase a handgun. The permit to purchase may be used to purchase more than one handgun. The permit is required for non-dealer purchases as well as purchases from a dealer. A permit is not required for antique handguns, handguns not capable of being readily restored to a firing condition, a handgun designated a collector’s item by the Commissioner of Public Safety, transfers between relatives within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity, or by the holder of a valid permit to carry weapons.
A permit to purchase a handgun is obtained by applying to the sheriff of the county of the applicant's residence. The applicant shall display an identification card that bears a distinguishing number assigned to the cardholder, name, date of birth, sex, residence address, and brief description and colored photograph, or other identification as specified by the Department of Public Safety.
The permit shall be issued to the applicant immediately upon completion of the application. A state record check and a NICS check are conducted. The permit becomes valid three days after issuance and is good for one year.
An annual permit shall be issued upon request to any resident of the state unless the person is subject to any of the following:
It is unlawful to sell, loan, give, or make available a rifle, shotgun or their ammunition to a person under 18. An exception allows a parent, guardian or spouse who is 18 or older, or another with the express consent of the minor’s parent or guardian or spouse who is 18 or older may allow a minor to possess a rifle or shotgun or their ammunition for lawful use.
It is unlawful to sell, loan, give, or make available a handgun or handgun ammunition to a person under 21. Exceptions include:
|Stun Guns/Tasers Restrictions|
State Statute or Definition: (702.7 Dangerous weapon definition, but legal.)
No state permit is required to possess a rifle, shotgun, or handgun.
Persons under 21 cannot possess handguns or handgun ammunition, except under the conditions listed in the purchase section.
It is a felony to go armed with, carry, or transport a firearm of any kind, whether concealed or not, on the grounds of any public or nonpublic school.
Loaded firearms must be secured from minors under 14.
It is unlawful to carry a handgun or any loaded firearm of any kind within the limits of any city, whether concealed or not. It is also unlawful to carry a handgun or other firearm concealed on or about one’s person or to knowingly transport a handgun in a vehicle.
Exceptions to the above prohibition are:
It is unlawful to have or carry any rifle, shotgun or any other gun (except a handgun as detailed above) in or on a vehicle on a public highway, unless the gun is taken down or totally contained in a securely fastened case, and its barrels and magazines are unloaded. If an individual has a permit to carry weapons, it is lawful for individuals to possess uncased and loaded firearms in a vehicle.
It is unlawful for a person to carry any dangerous weapon on or about his person without a permit. Permits to carry a weapon come in two forms–professional and nonprofessional. Residents make application to the local sheriff; nonresidents make application to the Commissioner of Public Safety. Professional permits are valid for 12 months; and nonprofessional permits are valid for 5 years. The permit fee is $50.00. Renewal and duplicate permits are $25.00. The sheriff or commissioner of Public Safety shall issue or deny a permit within 30 days of receipt of an application.
Professional permits are issued to private investigators, private security members, security guards, bank messengers, corrections officers, peace officers, or other persons whose job reasonably justifies that person going armed. The permit holder may go armed anywhere in the state, only while engaged in such employment, and while going to and from the place of such employment. A permit issued to a peace officer authorizes him to go armed anywhere in the state at all times. When the employment is terminated, the permit must be surrendered to the issuing officer for cancellation.
A nonprofessional permit shall be issued to a person who is not disqualified under section 724.8, who satisfies the training requirements of section 724.9, and who files an application in accordance with section 724.10. Any restrictions are listed on the permit.
No professional or nonprofessional permit to carry weapons shall be issued to a person who is subject to any of the following:
A person shall not be issued a permit to carry weapons unless the person has completed and signed an application on a form to be prescribed and published by the commissioner of public safety. The applicant shall also display an identification card that bears a distinguishing number assigned to the cardholder, personal identifying information, a brief description and colored photograph.
The applicant must demonstrate knowledge of firearm safety by completing a firearm safety program. or by providing proof of training through service in the military or law enforcement. Knowledge of a training program may be demonstrated by completion of; a National Rifle Association handgun safety course, any handgun safety course offered by any college, law enforcement agency, public or private institution or organization or firearms training school utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or Department of Public Safety or similar certifying body.
A person armed with a handgun concealed upon the person must have in the person's immediate possession their concealed carry permit and shall produce the permit for inspection at the request of a peace officer. A permit shall be invalid if the person holding the permit is intoxicated as defined by state law.
A valid permit or license issued by another state to any nonresident of Iowa shall be considered to be a valid permit or license to carry weapons issued, except that such permit or license shall not be considered to be a substitute for an annual permit to acquire pistols or revolvers.
A complete guide to the concealed carry law can be found at http://www.dps.state.ia.us/asd/weapon_permits.shtml under the heading, “Weapons Permits”
A machine gun is a firearm which shoots or is designed to shoot more than one shot, without reloading, by a single function of the trigger. State law prohibits the possession of machine guns and suppressors by private parties. Suppressors may, however, be possessed and used by a person solely for the purpose of shooting a deer pursuant to an approved city special deer population control plan if the person has a valid federal permit to possess the suppressor. A list of limited exceptions pertaining to the possession of machine guns can be found at Iowa Code Ann. § 724.2, Authority to Possess offensive weapons.
|ANTIQUES, CURIOSITIES AND REPLICAS (C&R)|
An antique firearm is any firearm (including any firearm with a matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar type of ignition system) manufactured in or before 1898 or a replica of an antique firearm if the replica is not designed or redesigned to use conventional rimfire or centerfire ammunition or if the replica uses only rimfire or centerfire fixed ammunition which is no longer manufactured in the United States and which is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade.
Antique and replica firearms are exempt from the permit to purchase requirements above. The same laws on carrying that apply to modern firearms apply to antique and replica firearms.
Persons found guilty of a forcible felony and who represented that he or she was in the immediate possession or control of a firearm, displayed a firearm in a threatening manner, or were armed with a firearm, shall serve a minimum of five years of the sentence imposed by law and shall not be eligible for parole until such minimum sentence has been served.
No unit of local government may regulate the ownership, possession, legal transfer, lawful transportation, registration, or licensing of firearms otherwise lawful under state law.
It is unlawful to intentionally discharge a firearm in a reckless manner.
When traveling on a public highway in a vehicle, an attached magazine must be unloaded. (In addition to disassembled and encased.)
A political subdivision of the state shall not enact an ordinance regulating the ownership, possession, legal transfer, lawful transportation, registration, or licensing of firearms when the ownership, possession, transfer, or transportation is otherwise lawful under the laws of this state.
724.28 Prohibition of regulation by political subdivisions.
A political subdivision of the state shall not enact an ordinance regulating the ownership, possession, legal transfer, lawful transportation, registration, or licensing of firearms when the ownership, possession, transfer, or transportation is otherwise lawful under the laws of this state. An ordinance regulating firearms in violation of this section existing on or after April 5, 1990, is void.
Iowa Code Sections 483A.35, 483A.36, 724.1 through 724.30 and 902.7 and Chapter 571-51(481A) and 571-61.5(461A) of the Iowa Administrative Code.
|Last edited: 6/9/2016|