Updated on April 4th, 2022
An Iowa firearm bill of sale is a document that is used to record a transaction between a buyer and seller of a handgun or long gun in the state of Iowa. This state does not require firearm registration, and neither party is required to use a completed bill of sale for anything other than proof of purchase. In Iowa, a seller of a handgun must check the buyer’s permit to purchase before completing the transaction. Once the firearm has changed hands, both parties can sign the bill of sale and finalize the sale.
- Firearm laws – Chapter 724 (Weapons)
- Background check required? – Yes and no. A background check is conducted when applying for a permit to purchase a handgun.
- Permit required to purchase? – Yes. Buyers seeking pistols or revolvers will be required to first acquire a permit to purchase (§ 724.15).
Conceal Carry Laws
Statute – § 724.4 (Carrying weapons)
Iowa residents must have a permit in order to carry a concealed weapon. They also need a permit to open carry within city limits. The only instance where they don’t need to show a permit is when they’re openly carrying their firearm outside city limits. To be eligible for a non-professional permit, applicants must be at least twenty-one (21) years old and have completed a valid firearms training course (as detailed in § 724.9). They can apply in person at their local sheriff’s office with a completed Application for Permit to Carry Weapons, a photocopy of their certification of firearms training, photo ID, and the application fee.