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Carrying weapons in Iowa?

by David Cmelik
. . . concealed on or about the person, or who, within the limits of any city, goes armed with a pistol or revolver, or any loaded firearm of any kind, whether concealed or not, or who knowingly carries or transports in a vehicle a pistol or revolver, commits an aggravated misdemeanor.”

However, carrying a concealed knife longer than five inches—or a knife shorter than that if the fact finder finds that it is a dangerous weapon “designed primarily as a fighting weapon and not for any benign purpose for which a knife with less than a five-inch blade could be designed, ” is also a criminal act without a carry permit. In the Interest of F.A.B., 2004 Iowa App. LEXIS 411, 5 (Iowa Ct. App. Mar. 10, 2004)(“when used as designed, the balisong is capable of inflicting death”). Some weapons are “per se,” or automatically considered, dangerous weapons.  Carrying a knife between five and eight inches is a serious misdemeanor punishable by a fine between $315 and $1,875 and a jail sentence of up to one year. Carrying a knife over eight inches is an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by a fine between $625 and $6,250 and at most a two year prison sentence.
Of course, some exceptions apply. For example, there are legitimate hunting defenses and exceptions to the criminalization of the carrying of weapons in one’s own dwelling or property. A weapons carry permit may except some carrying of weapons although it can be voided under certain circumstances like public intoxication. Defenses and exceptions vary and are subject to a case-by-case analysis. If you or a loved one have been arrested for a weapons charge in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Linn, Johnson, or other Iowa counties, please contact David A. Cmelik Law PLC for an initial consultation. A blog is not legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is established by reading a blog nor by sending unsolicited information to an attorney over the Internet.