Iowa Gun & Ammo Laws: A 2nd Amendment Overview for Iowa Gun Owners

PLEASE NOTE: The laws which impact Iowa gun owners are subject to frequent change at the local, state, and federal level so it's wise to consult an attorney or your local law enforcement agency before making any final firearms-related decisions. Our official policy on shipping ammo to Iowa can be found here, whereas the information below is meant as a reference point only.

Iowa State Constitution

Iowa's state constitution has no specific clause regarding the right to keep and bear arms, but it does provide for "inalienable rights", that inlcudes the following:

All men and women are, by nature, free and equal, and have certain inalienable rights--among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.

Other provisions relating to the power of the people over government:

All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for the protection, security, and benefit of the people, and they have the right, at all times, to alter or reform the same, whenever the public good may require it.

The people have the right freely to assemble together to counsel for the common good; to make known their opinions to their representatives and to petition for a redress of grievances.

Iowa Gun Laws

Iowa Hunting Rules & Regulations

Iowa Shooting Ranges

Iowa Competitive Shooting Clubs & Matches

Iowa NRA Training Courses & Fundraising Events

Iowa State Firearm & Hunting Associations

Iowa Gun Shows and FFLs

Iowa's Yearly Ranking in "Best Gun-Friendly States" by Guns & Ammo Magazine

Iowa Elected Public Officials

Iowa Public Finances and Personal & Economic Freedom Rankings

Iowa State Business Tax Climate Rankings

Firearm Background Check Data

Background check types

The transaction types Permit, Permit Recheck, Handgun, Long Gun, Other, Multiple and Admin on the chart are for background checks initiated by an officially-licensed Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) or criminal justice/law enforcement agency prior to the issuance of a firearm-related permit or transfer.

Multiple indicates a background check where more than one type of firearm is associated to a single background check.

Admin indicates the administrative checks that are for other authorized uses of the NICS.

Pre-Pawn background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees seeking to pledge or pawn a firearm.

Redemption background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to regain possession of a firearm after pledging or pawning a firearm as security at a pawn shop.

Private Sale background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to possess a firearm from a private party seller who is not an officially-licensed FFL.

Return to Seller-Private Sale background checks requested by an officially-licensed FFL on prospective firearm transferees attempting to possess a firearm from a private party seller who is not an officially-licensed FFL.

Best Gun-Friendly States Ranking

Overall Freedom Ranking

Business Tax Climate Rankings