Iowa Gun Laws
Open Carry: Open carry allowed only with permit Duty to Notify Law Enforcement: Only when asked by the officer State Parks: Permitted for those with honored and valid permits. 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 truck of vehicle only. Magazine Capacity Limitations: No restrictions Suppressor Ownership: Lawful Vehicle Possession by Non-Permitees: Handguns may not be carried or in a loaded or accessible condition. 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
Permit Issuing Authority: County sheriff May/Shall Issue: Shall Issue State Website: link Length of Permit Validity: 5 Years Permit Application Process: Contact your county sheriff office. Non-Resident Permits: Non-Residents can apply but the criteria is very narrow to qualify. Places Off Limits: State law allows hotels to reject or eject guests for gun possession.
Public or nonpublic school grounds
State University campuses
Resident Permit Reciprocity:
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