Law Summary

Iowa Gun Laws

  Open Carry: Open carry allowed only with permit
  Duty to Notify Law Enforcement: Only when asked by the officer
  State Parks: Concealed Carry is legal in accordance with state laws that regulate the right to carry
  Restaurants Serving Alcohol: No specific restriction
  Firearms at Colleges: Schools individually decide the weapons policy.
  Firearms at K-12 Schools: Unloaded handgun may be stowed in locked container of passenger compartment or trunk of vehicle only.
  Church Carry: Places of worship are off limits to carry unless the place of worship permits otherwise
  Hotels: No legal restriction - Reference article on page 67
  Magazine Capacity Limitations: No restrictions
  Suppressor Ownership: Lawful
  Vehicle Possession Without Recognized Permit: Handguns must be unloaded and inside a closed and fastened container which is too large to be concealed on the person or inside a cargo or luggage compartment where the handgun will not be readily accessible to any person riding in the vehicle (724.4(f))
  Firearm Law Uniformity: Uniform throughout.
  Permit Training Requirements: 1. An applicant for an initial permit to carry weapons shall demonstrate knowledge of
firearm safety by any of the following means:
a. Completion of any national rifle association handgun safety training course.
b. Completion of any handgun safety training course available to the general public
offered by a law enforcement agency, community college, college, private or public
institution or organization, or firearms training school, utilizing instructors certified by the
national rifle association or the department of public safety or another state’s department of
public safety, state police department, or similar certifying body.
c. Completion of any handgun safety training course offered for security guards,
investigators, special deputies, or any division or subdivision of a law enforcement or
security enforcement agency approved by the department of public safety.
d. Completion of small arms training while serving with the armed forces of the United
e. Completion of a law enforcement agency firearm safety training course that qualifies a
peace officer to carry a firearm in the normal course of the peace officer’s duties.
f. Completion of a hunter education program approved by the natural resource
commission pursuant to section 483A.27, if the program includes handgun safety training
and completion of the handgun safety training is included on the certificate of completion
  Non-Resident Permits: Non-Residents can apply but the criteria is very narrow to qualify.
  Constitutional Carry: Yes
  Duty to Retreat: No Duty to Retreat
  Places Off Limits: State law allows hotels to reject or eject guests for gun possession.
Court houses
Public or nonpublic school grounds
Public park
School buses
State Fairgrounds
State University campuses
  Resident Permit Reciprocity:
  State Contact Info: Iowa Dept. Of Public Safety
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
  Permit Issuing Authority: County sheriff
  Length of Permit Validity: 5 Years
  Permit Application Process: Contact your county sheriff office.
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