Concealed Weapons Permit

PERMIT TO CARRY

In Iowa, a permit to carry is required if a person wishes to openly carry or carry a concealed weapon on or about their person.  Currently, the law requires the Sheriff of the county of residence to issue a permit to carry a concealed weapon if the individual makes the proper applicaiton and meets the legal requirements.  Iowa is a "shall" issue state upon demonstration of eligibility.
 

ELIGIBILITY TO OBTAIN PERMIT TO CARRY

In order to obtain a permit to carry, a person must file an application, complete an approved training course, and not be disqualified from obtaining a weapon or permit under state or federal law. 
 

PROHIBITORS FROM ELIGIBILITY TO OBTAIN PERMIT TO CARRY

A person may not obtain a permit to carry in Iowa if any of the following apply:
  1. The person is less than eighteen years of age for a professional permit (i.e. police, security guards, etc.) or less than twenty-one years of age for a nonprofessional permit.
  2. The person is addicted to the use of alcohol.
  3. Probable cause exists to believe, based upon documented specific actions of the person, where at least one of the actions occurred within two years immediately preceding the date of the permit application, that the person is likely to use a weapon unlawfully or in such other manner as would endanger the person's self or others.
  4. The person has, within the previous three years, been convicted of any serious or aggravated misdemeanor defined in chapter 708 (i.e. Assault) not involving the use of a firearm or explosive.
  5. The person is prohibited by federal law from shipping, transporting, possessing, or receiving a firearm.
  6. The person is prohibited from possession, receipt, transportation, or dominion and control of firearms, offensive weapons, and ammunition.

FAILURE TO DISPLAY PERMIT TO CARRY

When asked by law enforcement, an individual carrying a concealed weapon is required by law to produce the permit and allow it to be inspected and validated by law enforcement.  A person commits a simple misdemeanor if the person fails to produce a valid permit to carry upon request by a peace officer.  If the person is charged with failing to display permit to carry but produces permit valid at date of offense, the charge shall be dismissed by court.