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Legal Information: Iowa

State Gun Laws

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April 5, 2019

I am a victim of domestic violence and the abuser has a gun. Is that legal?

Both federal and IA state law prohibit certain persons from having and buying guns, and both federal and IA state law can be enforced in Iowa.  We discuss both on this page.

If you have a protective order against the abuser, or if the abuser has been convicted of a felony or domestic violence misdemeanor, then Federal law states that it is illegal for your abuser to buy or have a gun in their possession. 1

Note: There are certain requirements that your protective order must meet for it to qualify under federal law. See the next question to read more about what those requirements are.

If you are not sure if your abuser has been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor, see What crimes are considered domestic violence misdemeanors?

To read the definition of a felony, see What is the definition of a felony?

1 18 USC § 922(g)(8) & (9)