Catfish Creek (FiveC)
We still hear a lot of people asking HOW to get their Iowa PERMIT TO CARRY WEAPONS. It's really quite simple, so we recommend that everyone should get this permit. Who knows when there may be a day you'd feel safer with a pistol in your pocket or purse? That little slip of paper could save you a LOT of grief if you are found to be so-armed, or if God-forbid, you need to draw your gun for self-defense.
(NOTE: the NRA certification is valid for Wisconsin concealed carry permits too!)
here's a brief run-down for Iowa counties...
1) gather the following items:
- Iowa photo ID
- Military DD214 or NRA Approved Training Certificate (which FiveC provides)
- completed application form . (WP5)
(you can download it here http://www.dps.state.ia.us/asd/weapons/WP5.pdf)
- $50.00 for the five (5) year permit.
2) take all these to your county Sheriff's office and tell them you'd like to apply for your PERMIT TO CARRY WEAPONS.
The Sheriff's office will execute a background check, and assuming all checks out well, they SHALL issue your permit. (see below)
The response time, and appearance of the permit will vary from county to county, but in most cases you'll be packin' in just a few days!
See below for details regarding the legal requirements to own firearms in the United States, and requirements for obtaining an Iowa Weapons Permit.
WEAPONS PERMIT LAW IN IOWA:
Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
The “Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents” classification means that the issuing official will issue a permit to a Iowa resident or non-Iowa resident if they meet all of the legal requirements.
Minimum Requirements for an Iowa Weapon Permit:
Miscellaneous Iowa Concealed Carry Permit Information:
Official Government Links:
Iowa professional permits to carry weapons guidelines
Iowa Application Form for permit to carry weapons
Before you can even consider a concealed carry permit, you must still be able to legally possess or own a firearm under U.S. federal law.
United States Code Title 18, Part I, Chapter 44, Section 922: “Firearms, Unlawful Acts” is a summary of conditions that disqualify a person from firearm possession or ownership.
The person cannot be:
Catfish Creek Concealed Carry Courses (FiveC)