State Laws

Iowa Gun Laws

     

In the state of Iowa the amount of gun laws are far less than most states. These laws are not as extensive and/or as strict as other states. It is possible a wider amount of the population to obtain, carry, and/or purchase firearms in the state of Iowa than in the state of Alabama for instance.

However, the punishments for violations of these few laws results in more felony criminal convictions. For instance individuals guilty of a forceable felony found in possession of a firearm and/or used the firearm within the crime will serve a mandatory prison sentence of at least five years imprisonment.

The following are the Iowa state gun laws and statues:

It is illegal to carry firearms without a proper permit.

It is illegal to store firearms in locations accessible to children.

It is illegal for any individual under the age of twenty-one to possess, sale, and/or purchase a handgun.

It is illegal for any individual under the age of eighteen to possess, sale, and/or purchase rifles and/or shotguns.

Permits are required to purchase firearms. These permits are only valid for up to one year and are then subject to renewal.

It is illegal to provide false indentification and/or information in an attempt to obtain firearms of any kind.

Any individual caught trafficking firearms of any kind are subject to a Class D felony criminal charge and/or conviction.

Deadly force via firearm(s) is legal in the case of self-defense on private property owned by the defender.

It is illegal to use deadly force with a firearm on any public property regardless to if it is classified as self defense and even in the case that it is an attempted car jacking.

It is illegal to fire/shot firearms across main road, highway, and/or any other road way.

It is illegal to use deadly force if you the defender started the initial conflict.

It is illegal to possess firearms with felony conviction.

It is illegal to travel with firearms improperly stored.

It is illegal to possess machine guns, sawed off shotguns, and sawed off rifles.

It is illegal to possess firearms of any kind if addicted to controlled substances and/or alcohol.

It is illegal to possess firearms of any kind if an individual has a history of repeated violent criminal charges and/or behaviors.

It is illegal to possess, carry, or sell firearms on any school property, school bus, and/or at any school sponsored events off campus to include but not limited to football games and prom.

It is required that any individual who wishes to purchase, carry, and/or possess a firearm must complete a handgun safety and instructional course prior to making the initial purchase.

Permits must include the name of the individual for who it is issued. It must also include their address, phone, the make and model of the firearm including caliber. This permit is required to be on their person at all times.

It is illegal to possess, purchase, transport, or sell firearms on school property. This is not limited to only public schools. This includes private school as well as univerisities. This includes all school sponsored events and school buses.

See also:
Iowa Felony
Iowa Divorce
Iowa Bankruptcy Laws
Iowa Misdemeanor External link (opens in new window)
Iowa Expungement External link (opens in new window)