Any person who is armed with a handgun, or any other firearm that is loaded, whether concealed or not, within the limits of any city is criminally liable for an aggravated misdemeanor.1 This prohibition does not apply to a person who possesses a valid permit to carry firearms, keeps his or her conduct within the limits of that permit, and provides the permit to a peace officer on demand.2 This prohibition also does not apply to the possession of a firearm in a dwelling or place of business, or on land owned or possessed by the person.3 Finally, this prohibition does not apply if the handgun is carried unloaded inside a closed and fastened container or other secure package that is too large to be concealed on the person.4

Iowa prohibits open carry of handguns in the state capitol building and grounds, except by peace officers.5 However, this rule does not apply to concealed carry of handguns. Iowa’s state resources director is not authorized to prohibit “the lawful carrying, transportation, or possession of any pistol or revolver in the capitol building and on the grounds surrounding the capitol building including state parking lots and parking garages by a person who displays to capitol security personnel a valid permit to carry weapons upon request.”6

Iowa has no statutes prohibiting the possession of firearms in the following locations, although administrative regulations may apply:

  • Parks;
  • Hospitals;
  • Places of worship;
  • Bars or restaurants where alcohol is served;
  • Sports arenas;
  • Gambling facilities; or
  • Polling places.
Notes
  1. Iowa Code § 724.4(1). ⤴︎
  2. Iowa Code § 724.4(4)(i). ⤴︎
  3. Iowa Code § 724.4(4)(a). ⤴︎
  4. Iowa Code § 724.4(4)(e). ⤴︎
  5. Iowa’s state resources director is required to promulgate rules prohibiting the open carry of pistols and revolvers in the state capitol building and the grounds surrounding the capitol building, including state parking lots and parking garages. See Iowa Code § 8A.322(3). ⤴︎
  6. Id. ⤴︎