Gun Permit Information

Permits to Carry Weapons

Frequently Asked Questions / Answers

SF2379 EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2011

  • Changing from “May Issue” to “Shall Issue”
  • NPP = 5 years / PP = 1 year
  • No more nonresident NPP

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Restrictions not allowed (PP & NPP)
  • Concealed or open carry is allowed
  • Valid for all dangerous weapons (Not valid for offensive weapons)
  • No permit required for open carry of non-firearm / dangerous weapon
    • Knife
    • Taser
  • All permits not valid while intoxicated
    • 321J Definition (.08 BAC)
    • Implied Consent does not apply
  • Permit Valid Statewide except for…..
    • Schools including real property (Public and Private)
    • 724.48 – firearms only
    • Iowa Universities
    • U of I, Iowa State, UNI
    • Iowa License Casinos –firearms only
    • Posted federal courthouses, federal buildings, etc.
    • The Iowa State Fair grounds
    • Local Government property is possible if dictated by such governing body
    • Buildings on state capitol complex
    • USE of firearms, explosives, and weapons prohibited in all state parks and preserves

DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

  • Permit holder can transport rifle, shotgun, pistol, etc. uncased and loaded in vehicle upon a public highway.
  • Firearm still needs to be unloaded and enclosed in a carry case when operating or riding a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle.
  • A person still cannot possess a handgun while bow hunting “unless that person also has a valid deer hunting license and an unfilled transportation tag that permits a handgun to be used to take deer.”

DISQUALIFIERS

  • Under age 18 for Professional Permit
  • Under age 21 for Non-professional permit
  • Alcohol addiction
  • Misdemeanor assault convictions (non-DV) committed within prior three years, except those involving a firearm or explosive
  • Intent-assault involving firearm-lifetime disqualifier
  • Aggravated assault –lifetime disqualifier
  • Serious assault w/weapon – not disqualifier at all
  • Federal possession disqualifiers

Handgun Permit Renewal Process

RENEWAL PROCESS 1

  • Attend a refresher course (about 1-2 hours)
  • File your renewal paperwork with your score not less than 30 days prior to expiration
  • Pay $25 dollars at the Sheriff’s Office

RENEWAL PROCESS 2

  • Qualification on a range
  • File your renewal paperwork with your score, not less than 30 days prior to expiration
  • Pay $25 dollars at the Sheriff’s Office

RENEWAL PROCESS 3

  • If you miss the 30 day deadline you will need to do the following
  • Apply as a new applicant showing proof of training
  • Pay $50.00 at the Sheriff’s Office

THE FOLLOWING TRAINING CAN BE ACCEPTED

  • Certified I.L.E.A. Firearms Instructor (Comparable out of state instructor)
  • Certified N.R.A. Handgun Safety Instructor
  • Special authorization from DPS
  • Small arms training provided by US Armed Forces

TRAINING TIME FRAME

  • A new applicant simply has to show he/she has completed training by one of the approved instructors.
  • Training could have occurred 30 years ago and it will be accepted

CASUAL ENCOUNTER

  • Verification of Permit
  • Casual Encounter to verify they possess a valid permit to carry weapons

RECIPROCITY

  • State of Iowa will recognize all other states that issue a carry permit

NO WEAPONS ALLOWED

  • Business’s posting signs at the front door stated no weapons allowed
    • Not addressed in the Iowa Firearms law
  • Need to be asked to leave
    • If refuse to leave then a trespassing charge but no weapon violation unless other circumstances are present

FEES

  • New Permit = $50.00 (paper permit) + ($10.00 if you want Photo Card)  Total $60.00
  • Renewal Permit = $25 (paper permit) + ($10.00 if you want Photo Card) Total $35.00
  • Duplicate permit = $25.00 (paper permit) + ($10.00 if you want Photo Card) Total $35.00
  • Photo ID Card  = $10.00 extra (Photo ID optional)

FORMS

APPLICATION FOR ANNUAL PERMIT TO ACQUIRE PISTOLS/REVOLVERS
Form WP3 Rev.2011.1 10/29/2010 (Iowa Residents Only) - For permits to be issued in 2011

APPLICATION FOR PERMIT TO CARRY WEAPONS
Form WP5 Rev. 2011.1 10/29/2010 - For permits to be issued in 2011

For more information you can access the Iowa Department of Public Safety's Website