Legal Information: Iowa

State Gun Laws

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Updated: 
January 31, 2018

If the abuser has been convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor or felony, can s/he keep or buy a gun?

No. Under federal law, if the abuser has been convicted of a felony or a domestic violence misdemeanor, s/he cannot have or buy a gun.1  Under Iowa state law, a person who has been convicted of:

  • a felony; or
  • any serious or aggravated misdemeanor defined in chapter 708 (for example, assault, stalking, harassment) within the previous three years which does not involve the use of a firearm or explosive.1

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

1 18 USC 922(g)(9)
2 IA ST § 724.8