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Iowa Law

Discussion in 'Knife Laws' started by gwmarlin, Oct 19, 2004.

  1. gwmarlin


    Oct 18, 2004
    For those interested, here is the Iowa law on carrying a knife.

    "Carrying Weapons

    Offensive weapons are illegal in Iowa and cannot be owned or carried by the general population. To carry a dangerous weapon concealed on or about your person, a valid permit to carry weapons is required.

    Offensive weapons - machine guns, short barreled rifles (less than 16" in length) and shotguns (barrels less than 18" in length or overall length less than 26"), other weapons which fire a projectile and have a barrel 6/10th of an inch or greater in diameter, bombs, grenades, mines, poison gas, rockets with more than four ounces of propellant, ballistic knives, exploding shells and similar items.
    Dangerous weapons - devices designed primarily for use in inflicting death or injury including, but not limited to, offensive weapons, pistols, revolvers, other firearms, daggers, razors, stilettos, switchblade knives, or any knife with a blade exceeding five inches."

    Information found at the following location... http://www.state.ia.us/government/dps/asd/wp/
  2. ACMarina


    Jun 27, 2004
    So you've got to have a permit for a knife meeting those requirements?? That's not cool. .
  3. gwmarlin


    Oct 18, 2004
    No..it's not cool at all. I carry a Cold Steel "LARGE VAQUERO" that has a 4" blade length. The local cops have asked me about it on several occasions. Its always "what do you need a knife that big for"? The whole thought process that we should not have something just because someone else does not approve of it bothers me. I have lived in a farming community all my life. As a boy I carried a pocket knife all through my school years. A knife has been a tool I could not go through the day without using(cutting twine off hay bails, digging splinters out of my hands, ect.) Next thing ya know it will be illegal to wear shoes bigger then 9 1/2 because some radical goofball tried to blowup his size 10's.
  4. ACMarina


    Jun 27, 2004
    That's absurd. At least my local police doesn't seem to mind a knife, unless you're either stealing it or trying to stab them with it. .
  5. backwoodsman


    Oct 23, 2004
    I have lived in iowa all my life and have also traveled all around the country and have found alot of useless laws in iowa that fix problems that never were there, maybe that is the reason are taxes are so high but anyway we should be able to carry a 12'' bowie anywere as long as we do not use it for something we should not.But there is no problem if you are in the woods or on your own farm.If anyone is like me things are getting out of hand here and I've been looking for a farm in missouri, I've seen people down there at a gun and dog sale that have three or four handguns in their belts and they are not for sale so wearing any knife would not be out of place.
  6. Merek


    Sep 24, 2004
    I'm fine to travel to Iowa though I cannot imagine doing so.
    My EDCs are not "devices DESIGNED PRIMARILY for use in inflicting death or injury". My small Bowie, actually a Randall Fighting Knife knockoff, however would qualify :grumpy: as it was 'designed primarily' for nefarious purposes.
  7. StormChaserIA


    Oct 19, 2011
    What is the length limit for carrying a knife with you, concealed and not?

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