Gun Deaths Per Year
Highest Gun Death Rate
Gun Deaths Per 100K Residents

Gun Violence takes a serious toll on Iowa, with hundreds killed with a gun each year and even more are wounded. Iowa state lawmakers can and should pass stronger gun laws to keep residents safe.

Safe Storage/FSD Requirements
Gun Suicide
Young People & Guns
Federal Law
Safe Storage/FSD Requirements

  • NO, currently there is no law in Iowa requiring firearm owners to have a FSD on their firearm…
  • Iowa only penalizes the unsafe storage of firearms if a minor gains access to the firearm and exhibits it in a public place in an unlawful manner.
  • OR uses the firearm unlawfully to cause in jury or death to any person.
  • Iowa prohibits any person from storing or leaving a loaded firearm that is “not secured by a trigger lock mechanism, placed in a securely locked box or container, or placed in some other location which a reasonable person would believe to be secure from a minor under the age of 14 yrs.
  • See the Iowa Child Access Prevention section on Giffords Law Website.

Gun Suicide

  • 80% of gun deaths in Iowa are suicides
  • Nearly 48% of all suicides in Iowa involve a firearm
  • 2013-2017, 1,058 people in Iowa died by gun related suicide

Young People & Guns

  • 2008-2017, 429 young people (under the age of 25) were killed with a gun.
  • Guns are the 3rd leading cause of death for young children ages 1-17…
  • Exposure to gun violence/suicide can have lasting trauma in young people, leading to PTSD, chronic stress and decreased future earnings.
  • Teach children the difference between toy guns and real guns.
  • Explain television shows and movies depicting violence with guns are not real and often show guns being handled in an unsafe manner.
  • Teach children that a firearm found anywhere should be considered a real gun, should not be touched and the child should report the discovery of the weapon to a responsible adult.

Additional safety precautions should be taken if anyone else residing in the home is known to abuse alcohol or drugs, exhibits violent behavior, or suffers from depression or mental illnesses.

Federal Law

  • It is unlawful for any licensed importer, manufacturer or dealer to sell or transfer any handgun unless the transferee is provided with a secure gun storage or safety device.
    • The law includes various exceptions, including transfers to other federal firearms licensees, law enforcement officers, and federal, state or local agencies.
    • The legislation does not apply to transfers by private sellers. and does not require that transferees use the device.
    • There are no current federal standards for locking devices.
    • January 16, 2013, President Obama signed a series of executive orders to address gun violence and school safety in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre in December 2012.
    • On of the orders calls for the Consumer Product Safety Commision to review the effectiveness of gun locks and gun safes.
    • Including existing coluntary industry standards, and take steps that may be warranted to improve those standards.
    • A statement by President Obama: “We also need to make sure that gun locks and gun safes work as intended. Several gun lock have been subject to recall due to their failure to function properly; that is not acceptable.”

Sources: The White House, Now is the Time: The President’s Plan to Protect Our Children and Our Communities by Reducing Gun Violence (Jan. 16, 2013):

Sources: Giffords Law, CDC WONDER, FBI Supplementary Homicide Reports.

Did you know?
T-Lock for Glock guns is on the DOJ roster for approved FSD!


  • Partial gun owner licensing
  • Certain domestic violence gun laws
  • Certain open carry regulations
  • Child access prevention laws
  • State database background checks for handguns
  • Certain disarming procedures


  • Universal background checks for long guns
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Strong concealed carry law
  • Lost & stolen firearm reporting
  • Local authority to regulate firearms
  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

Someone is killed with a gun in Iowa…That’s 264 people a year.

10 Important Firearm Safety Device Tips:

Laws concerning firearms ownership,  storage and handling vary among states and local jurisdictions. Learn and comply with your state and local laws and those of any jurisdiction to which you plan to transport or use firearms.

  • 1. All Firearms should always be assumed to be loaded and should be handled as such.
  • 2. Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using.
  • 3. Don’t rely on your gun’s “safety”.
  • 4. Keep firearms pointed in a safe direction at all times, even when unloaded.
  • 5. Store firearms unloaded, locked, and in an out-of-sight location out of the reach of children.
  • 6. Store ammunition separately under lock and key.
  • 7. Store your gun lock key in a place separate from the gun out of the reach of any unauthorized users.
  • 8. Gun locks are not a substitute for safe firearm handling and storage.
  • 9. Safety and safe firearms handling are everyone’s responsibility.
  • 10. Teach children basic principles of firearm safety. When encountering a gun: Do not touch it! Tell and adult!

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