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Old July 22, 2012, 12:01 AM   #1
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Iowa laws reguarding defense

I recently moved to Iowa and have been looking everywhere for laws reguarding home defense and cannot find much solid information. I have a crystal clear record, not even a speeding ticket. I also have a CCW license if it means anything reguarding my questions.

In the unfortunate event someone broke into my house in the middle of the night, Would it be legal for me to use lethal force? I know if the intruder saw me and ran out the door, there would be no reason to attempt to engage in such a thing, but lets say I was face to face with a bad guy in my home and he had a knife or gun of his own coming at me. I would obviously be in fear of loosing my life, so could I shoot the bad guy?

I just dont know what the laws are in Iowa and am hoping I will never be in such a position, but if it really hit the fan, what would legally happen? Hopfully someone can answer this for me incase some knucklehead kicks in my door while my family is sleeping some night
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Old July 22, 2012, 12:03 AM   #2
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Sorry, don't really know, but maybe this will help.

http://www.handgunlaw.us/
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Old July 22, 2012, 07:29 AM   #3
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Go to the Iowa Firearms Coalition web site. Should find what you need there. Great organization to join if you live in Iowa. They have been front and center on gunlaw reforms in the state. www.iowacarry.org

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Old July 22, 2012, 08:35 AM   #4
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Old July 22, 2012, 09:08 AM   #5
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Iowa has a castle doctrine. You can defend your family and property with deadly force if you deem necessary.

Iowa does not have a stand your ground law so outside of your home if you use deadly force when you have a "reasonable" means of escape or evasion you could be in trouble.

Iowa is a very gun friendly state in my opinion other then no class 3 stuff but that is a farce anyway the 68 law is unconstitutional as far as I'm concerned anyway. Second amendment says nothing about sporting use but ill get off my soap box.

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Old July 22, 2012, 10:48 AM   #6
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If you are in a position to have no choice but to fire your gun to stop the assailant, per Iowa law you're performing a legal and just act.

Bear in mind, I'm not an attorney. But this is the trend here and I myself am confident the law will be in my side if the unfortunate happens.
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