Iowa to become latest state to allow guns in its Capitol

Apr 15, 2017, 01:08
Iowa to become latest state to allow guns in its Capitol

The passage and signing of the measure marks the end of a decades-long battle for a bill that does more than make incremental changes to the state's gun laws and would bring Iowa in line with its more gun-friendly neighbors such as Missouri and Wisconsin, said Barry Snell, president of the Iowa Firearms Coalition, an advocacy group that has been instrumental in the bill's inception and passage.

Gun owners could soon keep firearms at their side while visiting the Iowa Capitol under a bill awaiting Gov. Terry Branstad's signature.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says noneconomic caps have been declared unconstitutional in 10 states, but several states have upheld such liability limits.

Branstad signed the legislation Thursday.

The new law removes the duty to retreat from Iowa's self-defense statutes on the use of reasonable or deadly force. The names and addresses of gun permit holders had been public records, but as of today, they're to be kept private. Many states also have enacted laws prohibiting the government from seizing people's guns during state emergencies, after officials confiscated weapons during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Minors under 14 will be able to use handguns with parental or guardian supervision.

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The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition, now $6,470 per year at four-year schools and $4,350 at community colleges. Lawmakers just approved a state budget that includes a tuition-free college plan called the Excelsior Scholarship.

Gun control organizations pushed hard to derail HF 517 during the legislative process and urged the governor for a veto, arguing the package was a danger to public safety.

"As parents, we're deeply concerned about the effects the stand your ground portion of this law will have on our communities", Amber Gustafson, leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America's Iowa chapter, told The Hill.

I have always supported the second amendment. "Today, Iowa joined the nationwide movement to expand law-abiding citizens' constitutional right to self-protection". It also eliminates a straight party voting option.

The law directs the Iowa Natural Resource Commission to establish rules allowing the use of the rounds in long guns during the youth and disabled deer hunting seasons and for the first and second shotgun deer hunting seasons by licensed hunters.