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

Hunting in Iowa (Source: Iowa Department of Natural Resources)
Iowa Hunting and Trapping Regulations (Source: Iowa Department of Natural Resources)
Iowa Hunting License Applications (Source: Iowa Department of Natural Resources)
Go Outdoors Electronic Licensing System of Iowa (Source: Iowa Department of Natural Resources)
Iowa Hunter Education Program (Source: Iowa Department of Natural Resources)

Iowa Shooting Ranges

Iowa Shooting Ranges (Source: Iowa Department of Natural Resources)
NSSF-Affiliated Shooting Ranges (Source: NSSF's
NRA-Affiliated Shooting Ranges (Source:
All Shooting Ranges (Source:

Iowa Competitive Shooting Clubs & Matches

IDPA Clubs (Source:
IDPA Matches (Source:
USPSA Clubs (Source:
USPSA Matches (Source:
USA Shooting Clubs (Source:
USA Shooting Matches (Source:
4-H Shooting Sports State Contacts (Source:

Iowa NRA Training Courses & Fundraising Events

Iowa NRA-Affiliated Training Courses (Source:
Iowa "Friends of NRA" Events & News (Source:

Iowa State Firearm & Hunting Associations

Iowa Gun Shows and FFLs

Iowa Gun & Knife Shows (Source:
Iowa Gun Shows (Source:
Iowa FFL Holders (Source:
NICS Firearm Checks by State (Source:
Iowa Mental Health Records Submitted to NICS (Source:

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

Iowa Elected Public Officials

Congressional (Source:
Gubernatorial (Source:
State Legislature (Source:
Statewide Officials (Source:
NRA's Ranking of Iowa Public Officials (Source:

Iowa Public Finances and Personal & Economic Freedom Rankings

Iowa State Checkbook (Source: Open The Books)
Iowa State Employees (Source: Open The Books)
Iowa Personal & Economic Freedom Ranking (Source: CATO Institute)
Iowa Civil Asset Forfeiture (aka "Policing For Profit") Ranking (Source: Institute for Justice)

Iowa State Business Tax Climate Rankings

Iowa State Business Tax Climate Rank (Source: Tax Foundation)
Taxes in Iowa (Source: Tax Foundation)