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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2023 ‘Firearm Prohibitions in Iowa.’ Who Can Have a Gun. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 30 January
Prohibited Purchasers Generally in Iowa
Federal law prohibits certain persons from purchasing or possessing firearms, such as felons, certain domestic abusers, and certain people with a history of mental illness.
Iowa prohibits any person from knowing possessing or controlling, receiving, or transporting, or causing to be transported, a firearm if he or she has been convicted of a felony in a state or federal court or adjudicated delinquent on the basis of conduct that would constitute a felony if committed by an adult.
Iowa incorporates the federal laws prohibiting the possession of firearms or ammunition by anyone subject to a domestic violence protective order or anyone convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence…
Any person seeking to acquire ownership of a handgun in Iowa must possess a valid annual permit to acquire handguns. A permit may not be issued to a person who:
- Is under age 21;
- Is subject to the firearm possession, receipt, transportation or control prohibitions of Iowa law; or
- Is prohibited by federal law from shipping, transporting, possessing or receiving a firearm.
The annual permit to acquire handguns requirement does not apply to any person possessing a valid state permit to carry firearms. Iowa law governing the process to obtain professional and nonprofessional permits to carry weapons also prohibits specified classes from obtaining these permits…
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