An Iowa Firearm Bill of Sale is a legal document that the parties, a seller and a buyer, use to finalize the sale and purchase of a firearm. It records the transfer of all types of firearms, including pistols, rifles, and similar assault weapons that are considered legal handguns. To comply with Iowa gun laws, you need to compose a Bill of Sale to prove the purchase took place.
The registration of firearms and licensing of gun owners is not obligatory in Iowa; however, it is necessary to draft a proper Bill of Sale not just for recordkeeping. It can help a seller and a buyer avoid questions, disputes, or disagreements in the future - for example, without accurate documentation it may be difficult to clear your name if the gun was used to commit a crime. Additionally, buyers should know that when purchasing a firearm in Iowa, they need to fill out an Application for Annual Permit to Acquire Pistols/Revolvers first.
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