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Civilian Guns

Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn Iowa, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 46.0%1
2002: 44.0%2
2001: 42.8%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Iowa, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 38.49%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn Iowa, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 47.4%5 6
1991/2000: 54.5%
1981/1990: 54.5%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Iowa, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2014: 2417
2013: 253
2012: 217
2011: 220
2010: 213
2009: 193
2008: 224
2007: 157
2006: 193
2005: 201
2004: 195
2003: 208
2002: 201
2001: 191
2000: 190
1999: 202

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Iowa, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2014: 7.767
2013: 8.18
2012: 7.05
2011: 7.18
2010: 6.99
2009: 6.36
2008: 7.43
2007: 5.23
2006: 6.47
2005: 6.78
2004: 6.60
2003: 7.07
2002: 6.85
2001: 6.51
2000: 6.49
1999: 6.92

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Iowa, annual homicides by any means total

2013: 607
2012: 63
2011: 54
2010: 55
2009: 43
2008: 81
2007: 51
2006: 73
2005: 44
2004: 57
2003: 50
2002: 56
2001: 61
2000: 58
1999: 53

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Iowa, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.947
2012: 2.05
2011: 1.76
2010: 1.81
2009: 1.42
2008: 2.69
2007: 1.70
2006: 2.45
2005: 1.48
2004: 1.93
2003: 1.70
2002: 1.91
2001: 2.08
2000: 1.98
1999: 1.82

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Iowa, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 247
2012: 33
2011: 31
2010: 34
2009: 19
2008: 34
2007: 18
2006: 38
2005: 23
2004: 30
2003: 24
2002: 30
2001: 24
2000: 25
1999: 28

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Iowa, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.787
2012: 1.07
2011: 1.01
2010: 1.12
2009: 0.63
2008: 1.13
2007: 0.60
2006: 1.27
2005: 0.78
2004: 1.02
2003: 0.82
2002: 1.02
2001: 0.82
2000: 0.85
1999: 0.96

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Iowa, according to figures8 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 89 10
2012: 13
2011: 7
2010: 9
2009: 3
2008: 13
2007: 4
2006: 8
2005: 13
2004: 11
2003: 13
2002: 13
2001: 10
2000: 7
1999: 15
1998: 12
1997: 7
1996: 21
1995: 11

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Iowa, according to figures11 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.2612
2012: 0.42
2011: 0.23
2010: 0.30
2009: 0.10
2008: 0.43
2007: 0.13
2006: 0.27
2005: 0.44
2004: 0.37
2003: 0.44
2002: 0.44
2001: 0.34
2000: 0.24
1999: 0.51
1998: 0.41
1997: 0.24
1996: 0.73
1995: 0.38

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Iowa, according to figures8 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual handgun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 11
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 16
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 11

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Iowa, according to figures11 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Iowa, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 29 10
2012: 4
2011: 2
2010: 5
2009: 4
2008: 6
2007: 3
2006: 6
2005: 3
2004: 5
2003: 3
2002: 5
2001: 2
2000: 3
1999: 2
1998: 5
1997: 3
1996: 2
1995: 3

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Iowa, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0612
2012: 0.13
2011: 0.07
2010: 0.16
2009: 0.13
2008: 0.20
2007: 0.10
2006: 0.20
2005: 0.10
2004: 0.17
2003: 0.10
2002: 0.17
2001: 0.07
2000: 0.10
1999: 0.07
1998: 0.17
1997: 0.10
1996: 0.07
1995: 0.10

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Iowa, according to figures14 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual long gun homicides total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 12
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 17
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 13
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Iowa, according to figures15 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Iowa, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 89 10
2012: 8
2011: 10
2010: 7
2009: 4
2008: 6
2007: 5
2006: 9
2005: 5
2004: 3
2003: 5
2002: 4
2001: 2
2000: 2
1999: 4
1998: 5
1997: 1
1996: 4
1995: 3

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Iowa, according to figures17 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.2612
2012: 0.26
2011: 0.33
2010: 0.23
2009: 0.13
2008: 0.20
2007: 0.17
2006: 0.30
2005: 0.17
2004: 0.10
2003: 0.17
2002: 0.14
2001: 0.07
2000: 0.07
1999: 0.14
1998: 0.17
1997: 0.03
1996: 0.14
1995: 0.10

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Iowa, according to figures16 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2013: 1213 10
2012: 23
2011: 19
2010: 11
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 19
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 14
2005: 11
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 10
2002: 14
2001: 10
2000: 13
1999: 10

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Iowa, according to figures17 from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13 10
2012: 0.75
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Iowa, annual suicides by any means total

2013: 4477
2012: 383
2011: 422
2010: 372
2009: 361
2008: 380
2007: 322
2006: 334
2005: 333
2004: 343
2003: 352
2002: 314
2001: 304
2000: 289
1999: 305

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Iowa, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2013: 14.427
2012: 12.46
2011: 13.77
2010: 12.21
2009: 11.90
2008: 12.60
2007: 10.74
2006: 11.20
2005: 11.23
2004: 11.61
2003: 11.96
2002: 10.70
2001: 10.37
2000: 9.88
1999: 10.45

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Iowa, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 2217
2012: 175
2011: 185
2010: 177
2009: 160
2008: 180
2007: 133
2006: 149
2005: 170
2004: 155
2003: 178
2002: 157
2001: 157
2000: 157
1999: 160

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Iowa, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 7.157
2012: 5.59
2011: 6.04
2010: 5.81
2009: 5.28
2008: 5.97
2007: 4.43
2006: 5.00
2005: 5.73
2004: 5.25
2003: 6.05
2002: 5.35
2001: 5.35
2000: 5.37
1999: 5.48

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Iowa, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 10713
2012: 87
2011: 84
2010: 90
2009: 74
2008: 82
2007: 59
2006: 61
2005: 73
2004: 57
2003: 68
2002: 60
2001: 59
2000: 39
1999: 48

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Iowa, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 3.4613
2012: 2.83
2011: 2.74
2010: 2.95
2009: 2.44
2008: 2.72
2007: 1.97
2006: 2.05
2005: 2.46
2004: 1.93
2003: 2.31
2002: 2.04
2001: 2.01
2000: 1.33
1999: 1.65

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Iowa, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 7513
2012: 70
2011: 82
2010: 78
2009: 72
2008: 86
2007: 60
2006: 78
2005: 83
2004: 78
2003: 79
2002: 77
2001: 64
2000: 61
1999: 79

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Iowa, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 2.4313
2012: 2.28
2011: 2.68
2010: 2.56
2009: 2.37
2008: 2.85
2007: 2.00
2006: 2.62
2005: 2.80
2004: 2.64
2003: 2.69
2002: 2.62
2001: 2.18
2000: 2.08
1999: 2.71

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Iowa, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 3913
2012: 18
2011: 19
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 14
2008: 12
2007: 14
2006: 10
2005: 14
2004: 20
2003: 31
2002: 20
2001: 34
2000: 57
1999: 33

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Iowa, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.2613
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.68
2003: 1.05
2002: 0.68
2001: 1.16
2000: 1.95
1999: 1.13

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Iowa, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 3
2006: 5
2005: 5
2004: 3
2003: 3
2002: 7
2001: 6
2000: 6
1999: 6

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Iowa, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.10
2006: 0.17
2005: 0.17
2004: 0.10
2003: 0.10
2002: 0.24
2001: 0.20
2000: 0.21
1999: 0.21

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Iowa, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Iowa, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Iowa, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Iowa, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Iowa, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Iowa, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Iowa, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 1
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 1
2003: 1
2002: 1
2001: 1
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 4

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Iowa, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)7
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.03
2003: 0.03
2002: 0.03
2001: 0.03
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.14

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Iowa, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Iowa, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Iowa, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Iowa, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Iowa, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 0 (suppressed)13
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Iowa, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.00 (unreliable)13
2012: 0.00 (unreliable)
2011: 0.00 (unreliable)
2010: 0.00 (unreliable)
2009: 0.00 (unreliable)
2008: 0.00 (unreliable)
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn Iowa, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 118
2010: 0
2009: 8
2008: 219
2007: 5
2006: 0
2005: 2
2004: 2
2003: 0
2002: 3
2001: 420
2000: 1
1999: 5
1998: 0
1997: 0
1996: 0
1995: 0

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Iowa at a rate of 9.621 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Iowa ranked at No. 3821 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Iowa is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Iowa includes the Iowa Code 2013 and the Constitution of Iowa 185723

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Iowa are regulated by the local and state governments (as long as local regulations do not conflict with State law)24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Iowa, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law.28 State law does not include a similar right.29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Iowa, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns,30 but civilians are allowed to possess assault weapons,31 .50 calibre rifles32 and large capacity ammunition magazines33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Iowa, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited30 34 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Iowa, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In Iowa, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted with a permit to acquire handguns35 36 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Iowa, non-prohibited persons of minimum age (but a permit to acquire is required for handguns)35 36 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Iowa is 18 years for long guns, or 21 years for handguns37 25 26

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a permit to acquire handguns in Iowa, being a federally non-disqualified individual,38 39 must pass additional background checks which consider criminal, mental health and domestic violence35 36 25 26 records

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Iowa stipulates40 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Iowa, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for a permit to carry a hidden handgun41 25 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Iowa, the law does not require42 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Iowa, licensed firearm dealers are not required43 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Iowa, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted44 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Iowa, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is not unlawful45 25 26

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Iowa is obliged (for handguns only)46 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Iowa is obliged46 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Iowa, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited47 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Iowa is reported to be

2015: 2,17248
2014: 2,18849
2013: 2,15850
2012: 2,01851
2011: 1,91652

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Iowa, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 3 days after application for a purchase permit53 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Iowa, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated54 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Iowa do not include55 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Iowa do not include56 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Iowa include57 55 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Iowa, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law58 59 60 61 25 26

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Iowa, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not62 25 26 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Iowa, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit for handguns and long guns63 64 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Iowa, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit41 64 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Iowa, local licensing authorities "shall issue", without room for discretion,41 65 25 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In Iowa, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted41 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In Iowa, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are exempt41 66 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Iowa, private guns are prohibited in vehicles (loaded, exposed handguns)57 and schools67 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Iowa as ‘C-’68

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Iowa on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 769
2010: 770
2009: 1471
2008: 1672
2007: 1673

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Iowa at No. 974 among 50 US States


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