Iowa has taken initial steps toward gun safety, but still has significant room for progress, having only earned a C on our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. In 2019, the Iowa legislature took an initial step towards requiring courts to use the highest civil legal standard to review gun laws, which could result in an onslaught of litigation over basic gun safety laws. In 2017, Iowa had the tenth-lowest gun death rate in the country and was a net exporter of crime guns. To save lives from gun violence, Iowa legislators could pass an extreme risk protection order law and require a background check and waiting period on all firearms, not just handguns.

  • Handgun purchaser licensing (includes background check and waiting period)

  • Firearm prohibition and removal procedure for domestic abusers

  • Mental health record reporting to federal background check databases

  • Child access prevention law

  • Universal background checks for long guns

  • Gun dealer licensing

  • Firearm registration

  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Licensing authority has discretion to deny a concealed carry permit

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions