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Except as permitted by law, Iowa prohibits the possession or carrying of a gun in or on a vehicle on a public highway, unless the firearm is taken down or totally contained in a securely fastened case, and its barrels and attached magazines are unloaded.1

Iowa does not otherwise regulate carrying guns in vehicles. Iowa law specifically allows people to carry loaded pistols or revolvers while in a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle on land not owned or possessed by the carrier, without a permit, if their conduct is otherwise lawful.2


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  1. Iowa Code § 483A.36.[]
  2. Iowa Code § 321G.13(2), § 321I.14(2).[]