State Law Background

Among other things, Iowa:

Iowa does not, however:

In addition, pursuant to a law enacted in 2010, Iowa no longer affords local law enforcement discretion in issuing concealed carry permits.

In 2016, Iowa had the 12th lowest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. Based on 2016 Firearms Trace Data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Iowa supplies fewer crime guns per capita than the national average. Iowa had the 16th lowest rate of crime gun exports among the states in 2016—meaning that crime guns originally sold in Iowa were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at the 16 lowest rate among the states. However, Iowa exports slightly more crime guns than it imports from other states.

Iowa Firearms Laws

For details about specific firearms laws in Iowa, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.