In Iowa, you must obtain an annual permit to purchase a pistol or revolver. If you want to carry a weapon that you already own, or to purchase and carry a weapon, you must obtain a permit to carry a weapon. Although both permits have the same eligibility requirements (discussed below); note that a purchase permit alone does not qualify you to carry a weapon in public, whereas a permit to carry covers both purchase and carry. (Iowa Code Ann. § 725.15 & 724.11.)
For more information, see Open and Concealed Gun Carrying Laws in Iowa.
To obtain an annual purchase permit or weapons carry permit, you must apply at the sheriff’s office in county where you live. To qualify, you must:
Additionally, you must not be:
(Iowa Code Ann. § § 724.7, 724.8, 724.11, 724.15.)
Yes. Iowa recognizes concealed weapons permits issued by all other states, according to the terms of those states’ licenses. However, you must obtain an Iowa license if you become an Iowa resident. (Iowa Code Ann. § 724.11A.)
It is an aggravated misdemeanor to carry a firearm in Iowa without a carry permit. Penalties include a fine of at least $625 (and up to $6,250), up to a year in jail, or both. (Iowa Code Ann. § 724.4.)
If you have any questions about whether you are eligible to get a firearm permit, are allowed to purchase and carry a gun in Iowa, or if you are facing charges for a gun permit violation, consult a qualified criminal defense lawyer.