Iowa is not a traditional open carry state, but no permit is required to open carry except when in vehicles or when inside city limits. Open carry in cities is legal with an Iowa permit to carry weapons which allows open or concealed carry.
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State Constitution Bill of Rights, Article I, Section 1All men are, by nature, free and equal, and have certain inalienable rights among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness.
Minimum Age to OC 18
Preemption Complete State Preemption of All Firearm LawsNOTE: Almost all states allow local regulation of the discharge of firearms
Open Car Carry Firearms may be openly carried in cars only with a permit/license.
Private Sales Not Yet Determined
Permit Issued Not Yet Determined
K-12 Carry Not Yet Determined.  NOTE: The Federal Gun-Free School Zones Act Restricts Carry to Permit Holders
College Carry Carry Not Statutorily Prohibited.  NOTE: Even if Legal, Students May be Subject to Academic Sanctions
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