Acquiring and Possessing Firearms
Both Federal and State laws regulate the acquisition and possession of firearms in Iowa.
Federal Regulations state that you may not acquire or possess a firearm if you:
→ Are under indictment for or have been convicted of a felony.
→ Are a fugitive from justice.
→ Are an unlawful user of or are addicted to any controlled substance.
→ Have been adjudicated as a mental defective or have been committed to a mental institution.
→ Are an illegal alien.
→ Have been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions.
→ Have denounced your US citizenship.
→ Are subject to a court order that restrains you from harassing, stalking, or threatening your intimate partner,
your child, or the child of your intimate partner.
→ Have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
Iowa Regulation contain additional minimum requirements for permits to carry and permits to acquire:
→ Are under the age of
18 for permits to carry or under the age of 21 for permit to acquire.
→ Are addicted to the use of alcohol or any controlled substance.
→ Have a history or repeated acts of violence.
→ Constitute a danger to any person as determined by the issuing officer
→ Have ever been convicted of any of the following:
• domestic abuse,
• hate crime,
• assault on a peace officer, jailer, correctional staff member, fire fighter or health care provider,
• setting a spring gun or trap,