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Legal Information: Iowa

State Gun Laws

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October 30, 2020

If the abuser's gun(s) is taken away, what will happen to it?

If the abuser’s gun is ordered to be taken due to your protection order, the abuser will most likely be given directions to deliver the gun(s) to the sheriff department or local law enforcement agency for safe keeping while the PO is in effect. When the PO expires, the gun will be returned to the abuser.

If the abuser’s gun is taken by the police because it was used while committing a crime, it will either be sold or destroyed if the abuser is convicted of the crime. If the abuser is not convicted of the crime, the gun will most likely be given back to him/her.