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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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

michelle
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michelle

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

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.

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

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

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.

Cam
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Cam

Hi I’m a Tennessee resident. In Tennessee we have carry permits for open carry but you do not need a permit to carry in your car is what I’m understanding. I recently got in some trouble in the state of Iowa due to me having my handgun in my car. Does Iowa not have reciprocity with Tennessee? Am I misreading the law? Help

Vrocks
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Vrocks

Reciprocity only dictates that your permit is valid in that state. You still must abide by the laws of that state. In Iowa you must have a concealed carry permit to have the gun with you in the car. Your open carry permit is not the same as a concealed carry. Therefore you were in violation of Iowa gun carrying laws.

Ty loterbauer
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Ty loterbauer

Vrocks Iowa accepts all states permits also Iowa does not have a concealed carry permit the Iowa permits simply state Iowa non professional permit to carry weapons which allows you to carry open or concealed if he had a carry permit from the state of Tennessee he is legally allowed to carry on his person and in his vehicle in Iowa

Alex
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Alex

Can I take my gun to the malls here in Des Moines ?

James
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James

Keep it hidden

Paul Shimer
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Paul Shimer

Can a minor, open carry on their private property?

Ross
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Ross

With a CCP can you openly carry a firearm on you in the State of IOWA

Chris
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Chris

Yes it is a non professional permit to carry a weapon, you can carry it open or concealed. You can even carry a rifle.go out to the iowa department of public safety website, they have the real laws and answers for you. Never risk your freedom on a non government website.

Billy
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Billy

I just wanted to point out that there are some states that will honor your permit or right to carry in your vehicle only..I refer to them as drive through states. For example I have a Iowa CCW. Illinois doesn’t honor my right to carry. But I can travel through the state with my firearm loaded in my vehicle. There are other states like this as well . I wish your map showed the states that I’m allowed to have my firearm loaded in my vehicle only. Word of caution…most of these drive through states require that you unload and… Read more »

Billy
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Billy

I also believe New Mexico is a drive through states as well.

steve
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steve

I was told by a state trooper to unload the gun and gun put the magazine and the gun in the center concil , its up to thye officer is he wants to arrest you or not.. the have no law saying you can have a loaded gun even with a permit from iowa..

Ty Loterbauer
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Ty Loterbauer

Steve you talked to an uneducated state patrol officer the law in Iowa clearly states with a permit you may carry a loaded firearm in your vehicle before Iowa’s current carry laws you couldn’t carry due to a Dnr law that has since been changed after Iowa went to shall issue the Dnr book now says all firearms must be broken down into 3 pieces or cases and unloaded unless authorized by law aka the Iowa permit to carry

Dave
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Dave

Why do we allow or honor permits from other states that do not honor our permits?

Jay
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Jay

I would like to think were setting an example of good faith. If they qualified to carry in their state we accept their rights to carry. And hopefully the states that don’t allow us in time they will. My hope is HR 38 gets passed!

Stephen
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Stephen

That is typically known as “reciprocity”, each state compares their permit standards to other states. If New Mexico deems that Georgia’s concealed carry permitting standards are below their own than they will not honor those permits within New Mexico. If they deem other states to have equal or greater permitting standards, than they have reciprocity.

Dominick Berhow
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Dominick Berhow

Where it says
Where You Cannot Carry
Weapons Free Zones (1000ft within school or public park)

You cannot carry on school property period. Within 1000 feet is an enhanced sentencing zone that if you commit a crime and have a gun, you will receive a harsher sentence. You can carry the sidewalk outside of a school as it is public property.

The only parks you cannot carry on are Army Corp of Engineer land, otherwise there is nothing to prevent concealed carry in parks within Iowa

Eric Whitver
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Eric Whitver

Correction needed: half page down on description of Iowa CCW law above. There are two paragraphs named “Where you cannot carry”. The top paragraph should be “Where you can carry”.