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Important facts about firearm possession

On Behalf of | Mar 9, 2022 | Criminal Defense |

Owning a gun can feel like a big responsibility in Iowa. This is especially the case if this is your first time owning a firearm. However, firearm possession is actually very easy as long as you follow a few simple firearm laws. So, if you are looking for firearm information, here are three firearm facts every gun owner should know.

Training is critical for firearm safety

It makes sense that if you are going to own a firearm, you should probably know how to use it safely and effectively. However, training is also important because many states require firearm owners to complete some type of firearm training before they apply for their firearm license or registration permit. For example, in the state of Iowa, firearm owners must complete a hunter safety course in order to qualify for a firearm license. So, if you are thinking about owning a gun in this state, be sure to do your research and find out what type of training you need.

You can’t just carry a firearm anywhere

While it is legal to possess firearms in most places, there are some places where you cannot legally carry a firearm. For example, federal law prohibits carrying firearms into certain areas such as schools, airports and government buildings.

It may be illegal for you to carry a firearm if you’re a convicted felon

If you are a convicted felon, it may be illegal for you to possess a firearm. This is because felons are generally not allowed to own firearms due to their criminal history. The only time it might be legal for a felon to possess a firearm is if the authorities expunge their criminal record. So, if you are a convicted felon and are thinking about owning a firearm, be sure to check with your state’s firearm possession laws to see if this is legal.

These are just three of the many firearm facts every gun owner should know. Be sure to do your own research and always practice firearm safety when handling or using your firearm.

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Sean P. Spellman
Mary K. “Molly” Spellman