Iowa

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Iowa operates as a “Shall Issue” state with 2 types of permits available.

Residents can apply at the county level for a Non-Professional license. You must be 21 and must apply at the sheriff’s office in your county of residence. Non-residents must apply at the state level for a Professional permit. You must be 18 and apply at the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Non-residents must also demonstrate a need for a permit like frequent travel, owning a business, or having property in Iowa.

Iowa

  • 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 

Follow these steps to obtain a permit

  1. Decide on what permit you want;
    • Non-Professional, issued by the Sheriff of the applicant’s county of residence
    • Professional, issued by the Department of Public Safety
  2. Complete a firearms training course.
  3. Download the application under the FORMS tab or pickup from your Sheriffs office.
  4. You will need the following documents;
    • Photocopy of firearms training certificate
    • Drivers license
    • Completed application form
  5. Apply in person at your local county Sheriffs office.
  6. You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

New Permits: $50
Renewal: $25
Duplicate: $25

NOTE
Sheriff’s Offices that offer wallet size permit cards typically charge an additional fee to defray the cost of producing the permit cards

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Places Allowed

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state – except those listed below 

Places Not Allowed

  • 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. 

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Yes
YES/NO – Without a Permit/License Open carry is legal in Iowa but there are restrictions and it is not common. The minimum age to open carry is 21. You will need a permit to carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle and cities.
Yes
YES/NO – Without a Permit/License You must have a permit to carry a loaded firearm. If you do no have a permit then the handgun must be unloaded and inside a closed and fastened container that 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. With a permit you can carry concealed in a vehicle.
Yes
Concealed carry of firearms is permitted in state parks.
Yes
YES – In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol “Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.
No
No
NO “No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Iowa gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned in the law as being off limits.
No
NO – Must Inform Officer on Contact By Law There is nothing in Iowa gun laws that states you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. You are legally required to carry the permit at all times during which the permittee is in actual possession of a concealed handgun.

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Quick Facts

Open Carry

Yes

Carry In Vehicle

Yes

Carry In State Parks

Yes

Carry In Restaurants

Yes

Constitutional Carry

No

No Weapons Signs Enforced

No

Must Notify Officer

No
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