Clinton County Sheriff

Office Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4 pm
Clinton County Law Center - 241 7th Avenue North - Clinton, Iowa
Telephone: (563)242-9211 or 1-800-462-6530 Fax: (563)242-6307


Iowa Permit to Carry Weapons Information 
Effective January 1, 2011

Iowa Application for Permit to Carry Weapons

For additional information visit the Iowa Department of Public Safety website at http://www.dps.state.ia.us/

Types of Permits available:

Annual Permit to Acquire Pistols or Revolvers - A permit to acquire authorizes the holder to acquire pistols and revolvers and long guns;  however, this does not authorize the holder to carry a weapon.  An Iowa permit to acquire pistols and revolvers shall be valid three days after the date of application and is valid for one year after the date of application (Code of Iowa, section 724.20) It is valid throughout the state.  Requires valid identification and the permit fee is $5.00 

Nonprofessional Permit to Carry Weapons - A nonprofessional permit to carry authorizes the permit holder to carry weapons within the restrictions of the issuing officer. 

The criteria for the Clinton County Sheriff's Office to issue new "carry concealed" permits follows the State of Iowa requirements with some exceptions:

  1. Professional permits to carry will be issued to qualified applicants if their need to go armed is employment based and is a  critical element in the protection of life and property.
  2. Nonprofessional permits to carry will only be issued to residents that are not prohibited from carrying or possessing a firearm and can reasonably justify going armed under Code of Iowa Chapter 724.

Should you meet the above criteria and desire to apply for a "permit to carry" weapons permit, please fill out an "Application for Permit to Carry Weapons" form.  A criminal history background check will then be performed.  

Acquiring and Possessing Firearms in Iowa - The acquisition and possession of firearms in Iowa are regulated by both federal and state law.  All requirements must be met.

Federal Regulations - You may not acquire or possess a firearm if you: 

  • Are under indictment or have been convicted of a felony.
  • Are a fugitive from justice.
  • Are an unlawful user of or are addicted to any controlled substance.
  • Have been adjudicated as a mental defective or have been committed to a mental institution.
  • Are an illegal alien.
  • Have been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions.
  • Have renounced your U.S. citizenship.
  • Are subject to a court order that restrains you from harassing, stalking or threatening your intimate partner, your child, or the child of your intimate partner.
  • Have been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime resulting from domestic violence.

For more information contact the Clinton County Sheriff or the Iowa Department of Public Safety.