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Reckless Use of a Firearm Charges in Iowa

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The Iowa crime of Reckless Use of a Firearm is defined by Iowa Code section 724.30 as follows:


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A person who intentionally discharges a firearm in a reckless manner commits the following:

1. A class “C” felony if a serious injury occurs.

2. A class “D” felony if a bodily injury which is not a serious injury occurs.


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3. An aggravated misdemeanor if property damage occurs without a serious injury or bodily injury occurring.

4. A simple misdemeanor if no injury to a person or damage to property occurs.

The Class C felony version of Reckless Use of a Firearm carries up to 10 years in prison, while the Class D felony version can result in a 5 year sentence. A conviction for aggravated misdemeanor Reckless Use of a Firearm can result in a 2 year prison sentence, while those convicted of the simple misdemeanor version face up to 30 days in the county jail.


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A conviction for reckless use of a firearm can be a felony in Iowa, which an bar a person from further gun ownership. Even the aggravated misdemeanor version is considered to be a felony by the federal government and most others states, which can also disqualify a person from gun ownership.

Those facing a Reckless Use of a Firearm charge in Iowa are wise to retain an attorney at once and exercise their right to remain silent, as a conviction can carry serious criminal consequences and also affect a person’s gun rights.


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