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Iowa Gun Laws

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  • Yes, with restrictions
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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.

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Iowa Gun Laws Quick Facts

Open Carry Permitted? Yes
Carry In Vehicle? Yes
Carry In State Park? Yes
Carry In Restaurants? Yes
Constitutional Carry? No
No Weapon Sign Enforced? No
Must Notify Officer? No

Iowa CCW Reciprocity List

States Honoring CCW

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

States NOT Honoring CCW

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Washington

Honors These States CCW Permits

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

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Reciprocity Agreements In Iowa

Iowa: Where Is CCW Allowed?

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.

Iowa: Conceal Carry Laws

Open Carry

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.

Carry In Vehicle

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.

Carry In State Parks

Yes

Concealed carry of firearms is permitted in state parks.

Carry In Restaurants

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.

Constitutional Carry

No

No Weapon Signs Enforced

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.

Must Notify Officer

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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