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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2022 ‘Guns in Schools in Iowa.’ Guns in Public. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 3 December

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Guns in Schools in Iowa

Iowa prohibits any person from carrying, going armed with or transporting any firearm, whether concealed or not, on the grounds of a public or non-public school.

This prohibition does not apply to any person:

1) specifically authorized by the school to carry, go armed or transport a firearm on the school grounds, including for purposes of conducting an instructional program regarding firearms; or
2) among others, who for any lawful purpose carries an unloaded handgun or other dangerous weapon inside a closed and fastened container or securely wrapped package which is too large to be concealed on the person.3

In Iowa, the board of directors of a school district and the authorities in charge of a nonpublic school which receives services supported by federal funds shall expel from school for a period of not less than one year a student determined to have brought a firearm to school or knowingly possessed a firearm at school. The superintendent or chief administering officer of a school or school district may modify expulsion requirements on a case-by-case basis.

The board of directors of a school district or the authorities in charge of a nonpublic school may provide educational services to the student in an alternative setting.

The board of directors of a public school and the authorities in control of a nonpublic school shall prescribe procedures for continued school involvement with a student who is suspended or expelled for possession of a firearm on school premises, and for the reintegration of the student into the school following the suspension or expulsion.

[Editor's note: The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence regularly updates its webpages with new data as US gun regulation evolves state by state. For the most up-to-date information on US gun laws, please refer to the Giffords URL below]

Iowa has no law prohibiting firearms at private colleges or universities…

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