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Iowa has no law imposing a waiting period prior to the purchase of a firearm.1


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  1. Iowa has an optional procedure for people buying handguns from licensed firearm dealers, in which they can obtain a permit to acquire as a substitute for undergoing a point-of-sale NICS background check. Such permits are valid three days after the date of issuance, serving as a de facto waiting period, but only for people buying handguns from a licensed firearm dealer who voluntarily choose to apply for a permit to acquire. See Iowa Code § 724.20; id. § 724,15(1), as amended by 2021 IA House File 756.[]