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Iowa law does not specifically regulate gun shows. Anyone seeking to purchase a handgun at a gun show or any other location, however, must possess a valid five-year permit to acquire these firearms.1 A background check is required for issuance of a permit, and the permit remains valid for five years.

Iowa prohibits any person from acquiring a handgun without possessing a valid five-year permit to acquire a handgun, and from transferring ownership of a handgun to a person who does not possess a valid five-year permit.2

See the Universal Background Checks in Iowa section for state laws that may apply at gun shows.


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  1.  See Iowa Code § 724.15(1).[]
  2. Iowa Code § 724.16.[]