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Carrying weapons a crime in Iowa


The law in Iowa criminalizes carrying of dangerous weapons. Under Iowa Code § 724.4: “a person who goes armed with a dangerous weapon 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.”

Exceptions include peace officers carrying out their duties, correctional officers carrying out their duties, United States military when carrying out their duties, private citizens in their own home or on land owned or possessed by them, private citizens who show to a law enforcement officer upon request a valid permit to carry weapons and whose conduct falls within the scope of the permit, someone conducting target practice on a shooting range for that purpose, hunters engaged in legitimate hunting, and anglers engaged in fishing. Intoxication exceeds the scope of a valid carrying weapons permit.

NOTE: This law was changed in 2017 to amend the law applicable to intoxicated weapons permit holders. Instead of an aggravated misdemeanor, it is now a serious misdemeanor to carry a weapon while intoxicated with an otherwise valid weapons permit in the State of Iowa.

It's also not okay to carrying a firearm in the glove box, center console, or under a seat in a car unless the possessor has a valid weapons carry permit in Iowa and whose conduct is otherwise within the scope of the permit.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for carrying weapons or any criminal offense in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Waterloo, or other Iowa community, contact David A. Cmelik Law PLC at 319-389-1889.

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