Acquiring and Possessing Firearms

Both Federal and State laws regulate the acquisition and possession of firearms in Iowa.


Federal Regulations state that you may not acquire or possess a firearm if you:

    → Are under indictment for or have been convicted of a felony.

    → Are a fugitive from justice.

    → Are an unlawful user of or are addicted to any controlled substance.

    → Have been adjudicated as a mental defective or have been committed to a mental institution.

    → Are an illegal alien.

    → Have been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions.

    → Have denounced your US citizenship.

    → Are subject to a court order that restrains you from harassing, stalking, or threatening your intimate partner,

         your child, or the child of your intimate partner.

    → Have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.


Iowa Regulation contain additional minimum requirements for permits to carry and permits to acquire:

    → Are under the age of 18 for permits to carry or under the age of 21 for permit to acquire.
    → Are addicted to the use of alcohol or any controlled substance.

    → Have a history or repeated acts of violence.

    → Constitute a danger to any person as determined by the issuing officer

    → Have ever been convicted of any of the following:

         domestic abuse,

         hate crime,

         assault on a peace officer, jailer, correctional staff member, fire fighter or health care provider,

         setting a spring gun or trap,




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