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In Iowa, no handgun may be transferred until the transferee obtains a five-year permit to acquire a handgun, which becomes valid three days after the date of application.1 After the permit is issued, the holder may purchase additional handguns without a waiting period for five years (the duration of the permit).

 See our Waiting Periods policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue. 

  1. Iowa Code § 724.20.[]