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Iowa Concealed Carry Law

The firearms possession laws in Iowa are restrictive for private citizens in the state.  Iowa law prevents possession of automatic firearms, short-barreled rifles, short-barreled shotguns and any firearm with a bore of more than 6/10 of an inch. (Excluding shotguns, muzzle-loading rifles, cannons, pistols, revolvers, or muskets or manufactured prior to 1898), and other explosive devices.  Additionally, suppressors are outlawed except under certain circumstances.

Iowa has recently enacted state preemption on firearms laws which means local governments cannot restrict the ownership, possession, transfer or require registration of firearms.

In order to purchase a handgun a Permit to Acquire (PTA) must be obtained from the sheriff where you reside.  This is required when purchasing from either a dealer or a private party.  Anyone 21 years and older can apply for a PTA and they are good for one year.   A background check is conducted once the application is submitted and is normally approved in three days.

Within Iowa a Permit to Carry (PTC) can be used instead of a PTA for purchasing a handgun.  In order to qualify for a PTC license you must be at least 21 years old, not addicted to the use of alcohol, probable cause must not exist that you would be a threat to yourself or others, you must not be a convicted felon or have a misdemeanor for domestic violence, must not have been convicted of an aggravated misdemeanor within the last three years and must not be prohibited by federal law from carrying a firearm.

There is another way to obtain a concealed carry permit if you live in Iowa.

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Useful Links:

State CCW Site:  http://www.dps.state.ia.us/asd/weapon_permits.shtml

CCW Application:  http://www.dps.state.ia.us/asd/weapons/WP5.pdf

State FAQ Site:  http://www.dps.state.ia.us/asd/weapons/SF2379_FAQ.pdf

DNR FAQs:  http://www.iowacarry.org/download/weaponspermitguide.pdf

State Statutes:  http://search.legis.state.ia.us/nxt/gateway.dll/ic?f=templates&fn=default.htm

State Admin Rules:  http://search.legis.state.ia.us/nxt/gateway.dll/ar/iac?f=templates&fn=default.htm

State Reciprocity Info:  http://www.dps.state.ia.us/asd/weapons/SF2379_FAQ.pdf

State Attorney General :  http://www.iowa.gov/government/ag/

2nd CCW Info Site:  http://www.dickinsoncountysheriff.com/services/weapons-permits

State Firearms Laws:  https://www.legis.iowa.gov/DOCS/ACO/IC/LINC/Chapter.724.pdf

St. Firearm Admin Rules 661 Chapter 91:  http://search.legis.state.ia.us/nxt/gateway.dll/ar/iac?f=templates&fn=default.htm