It is unlawful to carry a handgun or any loaded firearm of any kind within the limits of any city, whether concealed or not. It is also unlawful to carry a handgun or other firearm concealed on or about one’s person or to knowingly transport a handgun in a vehicle. READ ALL
Exceptions to the above prohibition are:
- Possessors of a valid permit to carry a handgun whose conduct is within the limits of that permit.
- Carrying in one’s own dwelling, place of business, or on land owned or possessed by the person.
- Peace officers, correctional officers, members of the armed forces and National Guard, or persons in the service of the United States when carrying weapons in connection with their duties.
- A person who for any lawful purpose carries an unloaded handgun inside a closed and fastened container or securely wrapped package which is too large to be concealed on the person.
- A person who carries or transports for lawful purposes an unloaded pistol or revolver in a vehicle inside a closed and fastened container or securely wrapped package which is too large to be concealed on the person or inside a cargo or luggage compartment where the pistol or revolver will not be readily accessible to any person.
- A person lawfully engaged in target practice on a range designed for that purpose or while actually engaged in lawful hunting.
It is unlawful to have or carry any rifle, shotgun or any other gun (except a handgun as detailed above) in or on a vehicle on a public highway, unless the gun is taken down or totally contained in a securely fastened case, and its barrels and magazines are unloaded. If an individual has a permit to carry weapons, it is lawful for individuals to possess uncased and loaded firearms in a vehicle.
It is unlawful for a person to carry any dangerous weapon on or about his person without a permit. Permits to carry a weapon come in two forms–professional and nonprofessional. Residents make application to the local sheriff; nonresidents make application to the Commissioner of Public Safety. Professional permits are valid for 12 months; and nonprofessional permits are valid for 5 years. The permit fee is $50.00. Renewal and duplicate permits are $25.00. The sheriff or commissioner of Public Safety shall issue or deny a permit within 30 days of receipt of an application.
Professional permits are issued to private investigators, private security members, security guards, bank messengers, corrections officers, peace officers, or other persons whose job reasonably justifies that person going armed. The permit holder may go armed anywhere in the state, only while engaged in such employment, and while going to and from the place of such employment. A permit issued to a peace officer authorizes him to go armed anywhere in the state at all times. When the employment is terminated, the permit must be surrendered to the issuing officer for cancellation.
A nonprofessional permit shall be issued to a person who is not disqualified under section 724.8, who satisfies the training requirements of section 724.9, and who files an application in accordance with section 724.10. Any restrictions are listed on the permit.
No professional or nonprofessional permit to carry weapons shall be issued to a person who is subject to any of the following:
- is less than eighteen years of age for a professional permit or less than twenty-one years of age for a nonprofessional permit.
- is addicted to the use of alcohol.
- Probable cause exists to believe, based upon documented specific actions of the person, where at least one of the actions occured within two years immediately preceding the date of the permit application, that the person is likely to use a weapon unlawfully or in such other manner as would endanger the person's self or others
- Is convicted of a felony or adjudicated a delinquent on the basis of conduct that constitute a felony.
- is subject to a protective order or who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
- Has, within the previous three years, been convicted of any serious or aggravated misdemeanor defined in chapter 708 not involving the use of a firearm or explosive.
- Is prohibited by federal law from shipping, transporting, possessing, or receiving a firearm.
A person shall not be issued a permit to carry weapons unless the person has completed and signed an application on a form to be prescribed and published by the commissioner of public safety. The applicant shall also display an identification card that bears a distinguishing number assigned to the cardholder, personal identifying information, a brief description and colored photograph.
The applicant must demonstrate knowledge of firearm safety by completing a firearm safety program. or by providing proof of training through service in the military or law enforcement. Knowledge of a training program may be demonstrated by completion of; a National Rifle Association handgun safety course, any handgun safety course offered by any college, law enforcement agency, public or private institution or organization or firearms training school utilizing instructors certified by the National Rifle Association or Department of Public Safety or similar certifying body.
A person armed with a handgun concealed upon the person must have in the person's immediate possession their concealed carry permit and shall produce the permit for inspection at the request of a peace officer. A permit shall be invalid if the person holding the permit is intoxicated as defined by state law.
A valid permit or license issued by another state to any nonresident of Iowa shall be considered to be a valid permit or license to carry weapons issued, except that such permit or license shall not be considered to be a substitute for an annual permit to acquire pistols or revolvers.
A complete guide to the concealed carry law can be found at http://www.dps.state.ia.us/ under the heading, “Permits to Carry Weapons.”HIDE