IOWA GUN LAWS

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Iowa CCW QUICK FACTS

Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry PermittedSEE DETAILS
Carry In Liquor Establishments YES
Constitutional Carry NO

Permit Information

Iowa gun laws operate on a “Shall Issue” basis. There are two types of permit available. Residents apply at the county level for a Non-Professional permit. They must be 21 years or older and apply at the sheriff's office in their county of residence. Non-residents must apply at the state level for a Professional permit. They must be 18 years or older and apply at the Department of Public Safety. Non-residents must also demonstrate a need for a permit such as owning a business or property in Iowa or frequent travel.

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Iowa CCW Permit

Iowa is a “shall issue” state.
Non-resident permits available.
The permit is valid for 5 years.

There are two types of permits available;
Non-professional – issued to residents
Professional – issued to non-residents, security gaurds

  • Must be at least 18 years of age for a Professional permit.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age for a Non-Professional permit.
  • You must complete a firearms training course.
  • You have no pending charges.
  • You have no felony convictions.
  • You have no outstanding arrest warrants.
  • You have not been convicted in any court within the previous three years of a serious or aggravated misdemeanor not involving a firearm or explosives for which the court could have imprisoned you for more than one year, even if you received a shorter sentence including probation.
  • There is no probable cause to believe you may likely to use a weapon unlawfully or in such other manner as would endanger the person’s self or others based on your actions in the last two years.
  • Federal Law – Prohibits the following persons

WITH CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT

Where You Can Carry

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below

Where You Cannot Carry

  • Weapons Free Zones
  • Public or private schools, colleges
  • School bus
  • Public parks
  • Casino
  • Iowa state fairgrounds
  • Campus of the three state universities
  • State buildings on the capitol complex
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Details on Iowa Gun Laws

Iowa Contacts


Department of Public Safety
Weapons Permits

Hours


Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact


Address 215 East 7th Street

CityDes Moines, IA 50319-0045

Phone (515) 725-6230

Email wpinfo@dps.state.ia.us

 

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Trev
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Trev

Would I need to have a carrying permit for a 22 rifle in Iowa?

Hello
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Hello

Never really have the money to go to a range. Is there anywhere else I could shoot. Live in the city and don’t know anybody with private land.

Mike
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Mike

In Iowa you can shoot on most state wildlife management areas. There are quite a few great ones for shooting. You can call the local conservation officer to make sure target shooting is ok at the area you choose. Just remember to pick up your targets and brass when you leave!

Josh
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Josh

Growing up on a farm years ago everyone had a few guns. They were always there for the purposes of hunting, home protection, and plinking cans on a saturday or sunday afternoon. Then being a Marine veteran from a family of patriotic veterans of various wars over the years, it seems so alien that people are against guns. Not only do some people not want to own any, they want to make it illegal for anyone to own one. Now I may be a simple blue collar man from the midwest, but havent these folks studied any history? There is… Read more »

drke
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drke

can you say something WITHOUT the big words in ways a kid could understand? for a dummy like me?

william afton
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william afton

killing is for kids, mass child murders are for me

kaine gregory
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kaine gregory

WTF is WRONG WITH YOU…

Syngen case
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Syngen case

Just saying shit like that is what helps give people a sour taste in their mouth regarding firearms i happen to enjoy guns think they are a necessity and in the hands of responsible people a great thing take your idiot uncalled for comments and stay off the site

Kent
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Kent

I have been thinking about adding a gun show to an event to help attract more people. I have been searching for rules or regulations on who or what you need to do but I’m not finding the answers I’m needing. My idea is for a show and tell, no sales allowed at event. I recently saw this done and thought it was worth looking into. Anyone out there have any input?

John R Abele
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John R Abele

This is Insane! Who needs to carry a loaded gun in Iowa?! I suppose we will need some mass killings in the state before people come to their senses!

J.P. Sloan
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J.P. Sloan

It sounds like you don’t need one. That doesn’t mean I don’t.

CC holder
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CC holder

John,
I’m not going to debate with you, but if you can answer why mass killings always happen in “gun free” zones, you will be able to answer your own question.

John Rabele
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John Rabele

if you don’t agree, you can always move to Illinois.

av8tore72
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av8tore72

You are an IDIOT, must be a Democrat

Anonymous
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Anonymous

I personally carry a loaded Glock 17 Gen 4 with a loaded mag and one in the chamber for my safety and the citizens of Iowa

alan schroeder
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alan schroeder

stay away from my property- you are a hazard to everyone around you.

David
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David

Exactly, what’s the point of carrying an unloaded gun or one without a round in the chamber?

George
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George

It means that your taking appropriate time to access the situation. If you see a madman shooting people, take him out !!

Bob.
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Bob.

Try being a retired Law Enforcement Officer you idiot

D.jr
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D.jr

You’re sounding like the type that DOESN’T need a firearm PERIOD!

David
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David

It’s a Constitutional right also known as a Civil Right . Should we restrict your right to free speech or your right to privacy?
I’d like you to name one mass shooting committed by a person with a valid conceal carry permit.

Stephen
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Stephen

Do you carry insurance on your car, what about life insurance? It’s guaranteed that you’re not living forever and car accidents happen to even the most careful drivers. As a person who was once jumped by multiple attackers threatening to kill me, if I hadn’t turned their gun on them I’d be dead. So, as insurance, I carry my own protection now. I truly hope to never need it but if I ever do, like any insuranmm, I’ll be glad I’m covered.

C.M. Anthony
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C.M. Anthony

Excellently expressed.

Mike
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Mike

There are reasons. I wouldn’t carry most of the time. Never really in the city. When I’m out at 1am fishing in the middle of nowhere however, you bet I would. Iowa is relatively safe, but there are still a few critters (and people unfortunately) that make the revolver on my person give me a little piece of mind.

Tler
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Tler

If i have a assault on a government official non comply misdemeanor in 2008 in north Carolina would that disqualify me.

Chris Holsinger
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Chris Holsinger

If I have an Iowa permit to carry weapons that means I dont have to unload my guns while they are in a vehicle even when I am hunting by the way I read the law. So say I get picked by a friend after walking through the woods hunting whitetail. I dont have to unload either my pistol or my shotgun while in vehicles riding down the road/ same goes for the back of the pickup correct? This was how I read the law but dont want to be wrong.

Troy
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Troy

If you don’t want to be wrong, follow the law that is most conservative. The same ambiguity exists when carrying a handgun for self protection while bow hunting. You’ll potentially save yourself a lot of headaches and a possible conviction by following all the laws, and working behind the scenes with your representatives to fix bad/conflicting laws/regulations.

ira
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ira

hi my name is ira and i live in iowa my question is am i allowed to get my rights back after completing my prison sentence it’s been 12 years since my release and it’s been over 6 years since i’ve been off probation what steps if any do i take to get ALL my rights back

Mobe
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Mobe

Not usually. you can apply to the Governor to ask for your rights to be returned, it is not a guarantee.

David Bagley
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David Bagley

Actually yes you can but it starts with getting your other civil rights ie voting rights back which can be the hardest. Look into lawyers who specialize in this.

michelle
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michelle

can any one have some one else right too carry permit taken away.

Noodles
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Noodles

Can I have your right to be on the internet taken away?

michelle
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michelle

its been two years sinces my friend was arrested . and now they are just takeing his right too carry . can they do that.

Troy
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Troy

There are some laws in some states that allow firearms to be configured and ‘permits to carry’ to be revoked upon arrest. Those may someday be found unconstitutional, as they are. Being convicted of a crime is a different story. Conviction is generally considered a reasonable situation where one’s “rights” can be limited or removed (ie, one might be imprisoned or placed on parole). It is common to permanently remove the (perceived) right to vote from convicted felons. Voting rights may be restored at any time by the Governor (or President depending on the jurisdiction). Convicted felons are commonly prohibited… Read more »

Bridgette Vascik
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Bridgette Vascik

I have a CDL, and a permit to carry. Am I, under Iowa law allowed to legally carry in the comercial vehicle I drive?

Matthew
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Matthew

I am not sure of the legal law on this but I know of a few guys who open carry while driving dump trucks in Des Moines area. I believe that if you get pulled over you must state you have it. Check with your nearest police station.

Troy
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Troy

This should have been covered in the class you took to obtain your permit. That’s one of the purposes of the class. I’d go back to your instructor and ask him/her.

Mobe
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Mobe

I don’t think so, but write to the DOT for clarification.

Russ
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Russ

If your trucking company doesn’t have a policy against it, you can carry in every state that honors Iowa Permit. You can find maps on the web showing which states honor Iowa Permit.
Caution: Minnesota and Illinois DO NOT honor Iowa Permit, so don’t get caught. It’s hard to drive (carry) over-the-road because you’ll have to drive through states that don’t honor to get to states that do.
Stay off that whole west coast…and northeast.

David Bagley
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David Bagley

Yes you can BUT if two things can change that. One is the state you are driving through and two the company you drive for. A lot of companies don’t allow their drivers to carry a firearm in the truck.

Scott Waybill
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Scott Waybill

I am a city employee with a CCP and often have my hand gun stored in my vehicle. The cities employe hand book spacificly states that no firearms are allowed on city property including stored in parked vehicles on city property. I know some states have passed a parking lot exemption lot that allows permit carriers to legally store a loaded fire arm in a vehicle while parked in an employers parking lot. Does Iowa have such a law

Susan Holmes
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Susan Holmes

Was wondering if you can carry being on anxiety meds?

Ty loterbauer
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Ty loterbauer

If they impair you in any way then no Iowa permits become invalid if the holder is impaired good rule of thumb if you got pulled over while on them would you still be able to pass a field test ? If no then don’t risk it Iowa currently has laws that prohibit you from carrying while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs in either case the permit is invalid

Benny Anglin
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Benny Anglin

Am I allowed to carry a gun in the back glass of my truck if it is unloaded

Ty loterbauer
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Ty loterbauer

If you have a permit to carry you can carry a loaded firearm in your vehicle if you do not have a permit the firearm must be broken down in at least 3 pieces or in a case unloaded

Benny Anglin
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Benny Anglin

Am I allowed to Carey a unloaded shot gun in the back glass of my truck

Ty Loterbauer
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Ty Loterbauer

If you hold a valid permit to carry you may carry a firearm loaded or unloaded anywhere in the vehicle

Keven
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Keven

Just moved here from Texas in August. I have my Texas CCW, but it’s set to expire next month. Do I have to go through the full application process/training or is there an easier route for me?

dave
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dave

Just bring it to your county sheriffs office before it expires

william
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william

I did exactly that in Warren county iowa just moving from NY and they will not honor my NY carry pistol permit I have and have taken an online pistol carry permit test and then will soon apply for the iowa carry pistol permit.

Russ
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Russ

I believe you have to have an established address for a certain amount of time AND an Iowa drivers license. Texas honors Iowa and vice versa if we are just visiting each other’s state …so I have no idea why you can’t just “transfer”….but you can’t.

Matt
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Matt

So if I have an Iowa permit to carry and I am driving on the interstate or on a state road, am I allowed to conceal carry that firearm on my person while driving my vehicle? It doesn’t really specify that. Also, when a state honors an Iowa conceal carry permit, do you still have to abide by that specific state’s conceal carry laws, or are all states that recognize each other’s conceal carry permits have universal conceal carry laws together? For example, if I’m driving through Tennessee (which does recognize Iowa concealed carry permit), do I still have to… Read more »

Scott D Powers
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Scott D Powers

Yes you must abide by the state laws of you are in. Many states do not recognize Iowa’s laws, due to ease of access for Iowa CCW

Ty Loterbauer
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Ty Loterbauer

It is your job to look up every states laws as for the other part with the permit you may carry in your vehicle on an interstate and state highway
Also since you have an Iowa permit you may carry in your vehicle in Illinois as long as you do not exit the vehicle with the weapon there is a number you can call in Illinois that states that in a message

Mr.Bill
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Mr.Bill

i’m not sure how often this is updated, but since Iowa passed Stand your ground, you are now able to carry at the Capital buildings as well as parks

Russ
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Russ

No on the Capital, and Yes on STATE PARKS only…no public parks.

Ross
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Ross

Hello, I’ve had CCW permits for probably 10 years- I work for Iowa DNR seasonal watching & checking on campers & hunters in Shimek State Forest in SE Iowa – I carry concealed but would like to be able to obtain a Professional carry permit & was wanting to know what steps I need to take to do so. Thank you, Ross

J G Becker
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J G Becker

The Iowa DNR does not authorize seasonal employees to carry firearms as a general rule.