Weapons Permits

Effective January of 2011, Weapons Permit Law have changed.  Please familiarize yourself with the statute here --> SF2379.

There is also a FAQ Document located on the Iowa Department of Safety Website HERE-->FAQ.

(In order to view the FAQ, you will need Adobe Reader installed on your computer.  Please Download Adobe Reader ---> HERE)

Applicants are NOT allowed to mail in permit requests or forms. This paperwork must be brought to the Sheriff's Office front counter.

Obtaining Weapon Permits

The Sheriff of your county of residence is the only person who is authorized to issue permits unless you are a non-resident of Iowa or require a permit as a result of your employment by the State of Iowa, in which case the Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety can issue permits to carry.

The process for Permits to Carry begins by attending training. Training can be received from any number of sources to include:  NRA certified instructors, Iowa Law Enforcement Academy certified instructors or numerous other authorized trainers.  The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office does not endorse any specific trainer and the obligation to locate a reputable trainer falls solely on the applicant.

The next step is obtaining the proper application (see "Types of Permits" below) to meet your needs.  Once you have completed the form, further instructions will be given to you based on the type of permit you request. 

Regardless of permit requested, the Sheriff's Office staff is required to submit a NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) on the applicant.  The Sheriff's Office will also submit a request for a medical/mental health adjudication record with the Clerk of Court.

For Professional and Non-Professional Permits to Carry Weapons, you are encouraged to attend a Handgun Safety Training Course from a reputable trainer.  This class should provide further details on Iowa law, related restrictions, and applicable federal weapons laws as well as safe weapons handling procedures.

Weapons Permits Business Hours: 
Monday-Friday 7am-4pm (excludes holidays)

Types of Permits Available

Annual Permit to Acquire Pistols or Revolvers -
A permit to acquire authorizes the holder to acquire pistols or revolvers; however, this does not authorize the holder to carry a weapon. An Iowa permit to acquire pistols or revolvers shall be valid three days after the date of application and is valid for one year after the date of application (Iowa Code, section 724.20). It is valid throughout the state.

Nonprofessional Permit to Carry Weapons -
A nonprofessional permit to carry authorizes the permit holder to carry weapons for a period of five years.

A new applicant is required to demonstrate that they have completed any NRA safety training course or course offered by other recognized firearms trainer to include U.S. Military (as evidenced by form DD-214 or honorable discharge).

For a renewal applicant, Iowa law requires training to occur within the previous 12 months prior to expiration.  This training can consist of a re-qualification (demonstration of proficiency with firearm) or classroom curriculum similar to a safety training course as mentioned above.  All applications for renewal must be received no later than 30 days prior to expiration of your current, valid permit.  A valid nonprofessional permit to carry expires 5 years after date of issue.

Professional Permit to Carry Weapons -
A professional permit to carry authorizes the permit holder to carry weapons in connection with their employment. A professional permit is only valid while going to and from work and while actually engaged in the employment for which it was issued.

A valid professional or nonprofessional permit to carry weapons authorizes an Iowa resident to acquire firearms in the same manner as a permit to acquire and expires a year from issue or at termination of employment (whichever comes first).

More Information:
For more information contact the  Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office at 319-291-2587 or the Iowa Department of Public Safety by e-mail: wpinfo@dps.state.ia.us or by telephone: 515-725-6230.

permit to acquire weapons.pdf
permit to carry.pdf

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