Iowa Gun Laws

Iowa Gun Laws

Iowa State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney                  

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO YES
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO YES

Iowa will not publish a list of states that recognize their permit, so it is up to the individual permit holder to verify what states offer reciprocity for an Iowa permit.

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places

YES

Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

Forcible Felony

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

No - Home, place of business or employment

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places

Not mentioned - Not mentioned

Immunity from Civil liability

YES

Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law

Before any force is used a person is required to avoid the confrontation by seeking an alternative course of action (With exception of retreating from your home or workplace)

How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Iowa

Applications MUST be filed with the Sheriff of the county of residence (except applications for a Nonresident Professional Permit and applications for a Professional Permit for a state employee whose need to go armed is employment based, which are filed with the Iowa Department of Public Safety).

APPLICATION FOR ANNUAL PERMIT TO ACQUIRE PISTOLS/REVOLVERS: CLICK HERE:

APPLICATION FOR PERMIT TO CARRY WEAPONS: CLICK HERE:

This link is to a General FAQ: CLICK HERE:

State Website: CLICK HERE:

Further information about weapon permits in Iowa may be obtained by contacting the Program Services Bureau of the Department in one of the following ways:

U.S. Mail:

Weapon Permits

Program Services Bureau

Administrative Services Division

Iowa Department of Public Safety

Department of Public Safety Building

215 East 7th Street, 4th Floor

Des Moines, IA 50319-0045

Electronic Mail:

wpinfo@dps.state.ia.us

Telephone:  (515) 725-6230

Fax: (515) 725-6264