Iowa law has not changed in this regard. You may carry concealed or you may carry openly; however, most permit holders carry concealed to avoid making it obvious that the person is armed, thus avoiding unnecessary attention, concern, or alarm.
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All sections of SF 2379 become effective January 1, 2011.
Your current Iowa nonprofessional permit will be valid until the expiration date shown on the permit (unless revoked). All restrictions that appear on the current permit will remain valid. You also have the option to apply for a new unrestricted five-year permit after January 1, 2011, and before your current permit expires.
The new law takes effect on January 1, 2011, so a person renewing a current permit cannot be issued one of the new five year permits prior to that date. However, there is nothing that prohibits an issuing officer from accepting applications for permit renewal prior to the effective date of the new law as a means of preparing to implement the new law. Just as there is nothing to prohibit the acceptance of applications prior to January 1, 2011, there is also no requirement that an issuing officer accepts applications. As such, some issuing officers may begin accepting renewal applications prior to January 1, 2011, perhaps in November 2010, if the new forms are ready. Under the new law, renewal applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the expiration of the current permit, so to be considered a renewal of a permit expiring December 31, 2010, the renewal application would need to be submitted by December 1, 2010.
If the forms are not ready, or the issuing officer of your jurisdiction does not accept applications prior to January 1, 2011, you could either:
Be aware that if you hold a permit that expires sometime during January 2011, issues similar to those described would be involved. If your issuing officer does not accept applications prior to January 1, 2011, a renewal application could not be made until January 1, 2011, and in order to be considered a renewal application, it must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the expiration date of the current permit, and the issuing officer has 30 days to process the application, which means that renewal of the permit might not be approved until after the current permit expires.
Permits issued after January 1, 2011, are valid statewide and cannot be further restricted by the issuing officer. All carry permits and permits to acquire pistols or revolvers are invalid when the permit holder is intoxicated. This is defined as any one of the following:
Nonprofessional permits to carry will be valid for five years from the date of issue (unless revoked). Professional permits to carry will remain valid for one year from the date of issuance (unless revoked).
Iowa law has not changed in this regard. An Iowa carry permit still allows for the concealed or open carrying of handguns, rifles, and shotguns, excluding those classified by Iowa law as offensive weapons (federal National Firearms Act (NFA) or Class 3). An Iowa carry permit also allows the concealed carrying of other non-firearm dangerous weapons such as knives with blades in excess of five inches, switchblade knives, Tasers/stun guns, or any other dangerous weapon. Non-firearm dangerous weapons may be carried openly without a permit. Non-firearm dangerous weapons may also be regulated by local ordinance that is more stringent than Iowa law.
No, but it is a really good idea. Iowa law does not require such a declaration; however, as a safety measure for both the permit holder and the officer, making such a declaration voluntarily is recommended and encouraged.
No. Iowa law does not provide for this.
There is no change to Iowa law regarding the submission of fingerprints (the Iowa Code is silent on the topic). Fingerprint submission is neither required nor prohibited. An issuing officer who does not generally require fingerprints might wish to do so to clear up matters of identity. Fingerprints might also help to accelerate the process of an appeal to the FBI of a denial based on a NICS check.
No. Iowa nonprofessional permits to carry weapons will only be issued to qualified Iowa residents. Nonresidents will still be able to apply for professional permits to carry weapons if needed for employment-related reasons.
Iowa will honor any valid carry permit issued by any other state and will grant all privileges to such permit holders as those granted to Iowa residents including the concealed or open carrying of a firearm (excluding those classified by Iowa law as offensive weapons (federal National Firearm Association (NFA) or Class 3) and the concealed carrying of other non-firearm dangerous weapons such as knives with blades in excess of five inches, switchblade knives, Tasers/stun guns, or any other dangerous weapon. Non-firearm dangerous weapons may be carried openly without a permit. Non-firearm dangerous weapons may also be regulated by local ordinance that is more stringent than Iowa law. You do not have to be a resident of the state from which your permit was issued. However, an Iowa resident may only carry with an Iowa issued permit.
No. Iowa law does not provide for entering into reciprocity agreements with states that require them. Iowa will honor any valid permit issued in any other state.
No. Iowa will honor any valid permit issued by any other state. Iowa permit holders will need to check with other states to determine if their Iowa permit will be honored in that state.
As of January 1, 2011, Iowa law will no longer authorize the Iowa Department of Public Safety to publish the Form WP-0; it will no longer be valid and usable after January 1, 2011. The following documentation will be acceptable:
An issuing officer cannot impose additional training requirements in excess of those identified in SF 2379.
No. The identification of specific weapons or ammunition to be carried under the authority of the permit is not allowed.
For renewal of a permit, the training program requirements for a new Iowa professional or nonprofessional permit to carry weapons shall apply or the renewal applicant may choose to qualify on a firing range under the supervision of an instructor certified by the National Rifle Association or certain other firearms training certifying bodies (such as the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy). Such training or qualification must occur within the twelve-month period prior to the expiration of the applicant’s current permit.
There is a requirement that an application for the renewal of a current permit must be received by the issuing officer at least thirty days prior to the expiration date of the current permit to be eligible for the statutory $25 renewal fee. Otherwise, the statutory permit issuance fee will be $50. The same application form and background check requirements will apply to both new and renewal applications.
The Iowa law allows the use of a nonprofessional permit to carry weapons while working at a job in Iowa that requires the carrying of weapons. However, the employer may require an Iowa professional permit to carry as a condition of employment.
The Iowa law will continue to provide for the use of a nonresident professional permit to carry weapons while working at a job in Iowa that required the carrying of weapons, and beginning January 1, 2011, Iowa will recognize a valid carry permit issued by another state, so a valid carry permit issued by another state could be used by a nonresident who works as a private security officer in Iowa. However, the employer may require an Iowa professional permit to carry as a condition of employment.
The topic of firearms restrictions on private property and in the workplace is not addressed in Iowa firearms law.
Work will begin in the near future so that administrative rules will be in place by January 1, 2011, however, any such rules will be adopted within the limits of rule-making authority granted to the Iowa Department of Public Safety. There are numerous sections of the new law that will stand alone, as written, and DPS does not have authority to provide additional clarifications or other guidance by rule, except as specifically authorized in Iowa Code Chapter 724 (PDF).
Work will begin in the near future so that forms can be revised, printed and distributed to issuing officers by November. Application forms will also be made available on the Iowa Department of Public Safety website.
Current administrative rules allow for the issuance of a wallet sized nonprofessional permit to carry for those sheriffs’ offices that choose to do so. At present, it is anticipated that this optional practice will continue to be authorized by DPS rule.
No. SF 2379 does not address any element of LEOSA; the current requirements and procedures remain the same (e.g, firearms only, must be concealed, ID not valid as permit to acquire, etc.).
Applicants who are denied have different options available for an appeal, but the appeal options available depend on the reason for the denial. Given the complexity of this topic, it will be addressed in a separate FAQ to be released at a later date.