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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Firearm Prohibitions in Iowa.’ Who Can Have a Gun. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2 August
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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