Iowa law does not specifically regulate gun shows. Anyone seeking to purchase a handgun at a gun show or any other location, however, must possess a valid five-year permit to acquire these firearms.1 A background check is required for issuance of a permit, and the permit remains valid for five years.

Iowa prohibits any person from acquiring a handgun without possessing a valid five-year permit to acquire a handgun, and from transferring ownership of a handgun to a person who does not possess a valid five-year permit.2

See the Iowa Private Sales section for state laws that may apply at gun shows.

See our Gun Shows policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. See Iowa Code § 724.15(1). ⤴︎
  2. Iowa Code § 724.16. ⤴︎