"Firearm Bill of Sale" - Iowa

What Is an Iowa Firearm Bill of Sale?

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.

Alternate Name:

  • Iowa Gun Bill of Sale.

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.

The state of Iowa has not issued a uniform Bill of Sale for firearms. Still, you can create your own form online with our customizable template or download a ready-made template below.

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Can I Sell a Gun in Iowa?

Individuals and entities are allowed to take part in selling and buying firearms. Businesses and shops that manufacture, transport, and sell guns and ammunition are required to obtain a Federal Firearms License to allow customers to buy firearms from them. When it comes to a private sale, no license is needed to sell a gun in Iowa.

To sell a gun in Iowa, you should include the following information in the Bill of Sale:

  1. State the seller and buyer's full names and addresses;
  2. Submit the date and location of the transaction;
  3. Describe the gun - its model or type, serial number, caliber, barrel length, accessories, customizations, and other distinctive characteristics that make the identification of the firearm possible. State the current condition of the gun in the document;
  4. Write down the price of the item and the method of payment. The parties may use cash, mobile or internet banking, and email transfers. A Bill of Sale is crucial if the payment is made in cash to protect the seller;
  5. Mention any guarantees or warranties. The firearm can be sold "as is" - in its present condition with all issues and defects - or with implied or given guarantees;
  6. Sign the document. A Bill of Sale becomes legal when both parties write down their signatures. That is the moment when the buyer becomes the legal owner of the gun since there is no mandatory registration of firearms in the state of Iowa.

Does a Firearm Bill of Sale Need to Be Notarized in Iowa?

No, a Firearm Bill of Sale does not have to be notarized in Iowa but in general it is always a good idea to have one, especially when selling or buying a firearm. This can save potential trouble which might occur should the seller or buyer contest the transaction at a later date.


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Iowa Firearm Bill of Sale
This Bill of Sale has been made on ________________, _____, in the County of
________________, in the ​ S tate of Iowa ​ b etween the following parties:
________________________________ (hereinafter referred to as the "Buyer") with a
mailing address of ______________________________________________________,
and ________________________________ (hereinafter referred to as the "Seller")
with a mailing address of _________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________.
Purchase Price and Firearm Details
The Parties agree that the Seller will receive $___________________ in exchange for
the possession and ownership of the following described firearm:
Make: ​ _ ______________________________________________________________
Type/Model: ​ _ _________________________________________________________
Caliber: ​ _ _____________________________________________________________
Serial Number (SN): ​ _ __________________________________________________
The sale shall take place on ________________, _____.
Additional Terms and Conditions
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Iowa Firearm Bill of Sale
This Bill of Sale has been made on ________________, _____, in the County of
________________, in the ​ S tate of Iowa ​ b etween the following parties:
________________________________ (hereinafter referred to as the "Buyer") with a
mailing address of ______________________________________________________,
and ________________________________ (hereinafter referred to as the "Seller")
with a mailing address of _________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________.
Purchase Price and Firearm Details
The Parties agree that the Seller will receive $___________________ in exchange for
the possession and ownership of the following described firearm:
Make: ​ _ ______________________________________________________________
Type/Model: ​ _ _________________________________________________________
Caliber: ​ _ _____________________________________________________________
Serial Number (SN): ​ _ __________________________________________________
The sale shall take place on ________________, _____.
Additional Terms and Conditions
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Buyer’s Disclosure
By signing below, the Buyer declares that the following statements are true and that
they:
● Are not under the Federally-set legal age to own a firearm;
● Have never been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment
for a term exceeding one (1) year;
● Are not a fugitive from justice;
● Are not an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance;
● Have never been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to a
mental institution;
● Are not an illegal or unlawful alien in the United States or an alien admitted to
the United States under a nonimmigrant visa;
● Have not been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable
conditions;
● Having been a citizen of the United States, have never renounced their
citizenship;
● Are not subject to a court order that restrains them from harassing, stalking, or
threatening an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner;
● Have not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence; Can
lawfully receive, possess, ship, or transport a firearm;
● Are no under indictment or information for a crime punishable by imprisonment
for a term exceeding one (1) year.
Signed by _____________________________________________________________
Seller's Disclosure
By signing below, the Seller declares that the following statements are true and that
they:
● Have verified that the firearm details are correct and the serial number is
legible;
● Are the lawful owner of the firearm and have the legal right to sell the firearm;
● Have no knowledge of any defects in the firearm;
● Believe the firearm is fit to be used for its intended purpose;
● Believe the firearm has never been used in a manner of questionable or certain
illegality;
● Assumes no responsibility after the transfer of ownership has taken place.
Signed by _____________________________________________________________
Signature Area
The Buyer and Seller agree to the above described terms and conditions for the
sale/trade/exchange of the firearm on ________________, _____. The firearm is to be
sold "as-is" with no warranties made by the Seller unless otherwise stated in this Bill
of Sale.
Buyer's Signature​ ______________________________
Buyer's Name __________________________________
Seller's Signature ​ _ _____________________________
Seller's Name __________________________________
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