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Iowa generally allows the open carrying of a handgun with a valid state license.1 No license is required if the person remains outside city limits.2 Open carry of handguns is prohibited in the state capitol building and grounds, except by peace officers.3

Iowa allows the open carrying of long guns if:

  • The guns are unloaded;
  • The person remains outside city limits; or
  • The person has a valid state license.4

 See our Open Carry policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue. 

  1. Iowa Code § 724.4(1), 724.4(4)(i).[]
  2. Iowa Code § 724.4(1).[]
  3. Iowa’s state resources director is required to promulgate rules prohibiting the open carry of pistols and revolvers in the state capitol building and the grounds surrounding the capitol building, including state parking lots and parking garages. See Iowa Code § 8A.322(3).[]
  4. Iowa Code § 724.4(1).[]