Iowa State Law Summary

Posted on January 2, 2012


Last updated December 9, 2013

In our publication 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 30 different firearms-related policy areas. Iowa ranked 16th out of 50 – having some gun violence prevention laws.

In 2013, Iowa did not enact any new laws regarding firearms.

Among other things, Iowa:

Iowa does not, however:

In addition, pursuant to a law enacted in 2010, Iowa no longer affords local law enforcement discretion in issuing concealed carry permits.

In 2010 (the last year for which data is available), Iowa had the eighth lowest number of gun deaths per capita among the states. Based on data published by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Iowa supplies less crime guns per capita than the national average. However, Iowa exports slightly more crime guns than it imports. Iowa had the 13th lowest rate of crime gun exports among the states in 2009–meaning that crime guns originally sold in Iowa were recovered after being used in crimes in other states at the 13 lowest rate among the states.

Iowa Firearms Laws

For details about specific firearms laws in Iowa, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.