Laws & Rights
Iowa House Passes Gun Bill that Removes Requirement for Permit
The Iowa House of Representatives has passed a gun bill that allows residents to carry and buy firearms even without a permit. The proposal now heads to the state Senate for deliberation and consideration.
This is the first time that an entire Iowa Congress chamber passed this type of bill. However, those who support gun rights have tried to push such a measure for many years in order to eliminate the state’s requirement for a gun permit.
House File 756 was approved by the state House with a 60-37 vote on Wednesday night. This comes following a long debate that lasted for several hours. All state GOP representatives, along with Democratic Rep. Wes Breckenridge, has backed the legislation. Meanwhile, all other Democratic representatives have opposed it. A similar measure was approved by the state Senate through committee, but the House has not voted for that yet.
GOP representatives backed the bill, arguing that it protects the Second Amendment rights of citizens. However, Democrats and gun control advocates said it would also eliminate the state’s background check for gun sales. They argue that guns may easily end up in the hands of those who should not possess them.
Iowans would not need a state permit to buy guns and carry concealed weapons under a bill that passed late last night in the Iowa House https://t.co/pjYKmOEgpJ
— KGLO News (@kglonews) March 18, 2021
Iowa Gun Bill Recognizes Fundamental Rights of People to Keep and Bear Arms
According to Rep. Steven Hold (R-Denison), who sponsored the bill, the measure recognizes that keeping and bearing firearms is a “fundamental right,” instead of a privilege. He added that Iowans should not be asked to get permission first in order to buy a gun.
If the bill becomes law, Iowans still have the ability to procure permits to carry or buy firearms. However, this would become optional. Those who support the proposal say a lot of people would likely still apply to get permits so that they can carry their guns outside Iowa.
Under the bill, anyone who purchases a gun from a federally licensed dealer is still required to pass a background check or show a permit to carry. The latter would indicate that the said person has passed a background check before.
Firearm sales among private citizens, however, would not require Iowans to apply and acquire a permit first. Additionally, the bill indicates that the selling or loaning of a gun to a person that the seller “knows or should know” is not allowed to own one, would be considered a Class D felony. If proven guilty under this charge, a person may face punishment of up to five years’ imprisonment.
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Do you believe Iowa made the right decision? Let us know below!
Jim Buchanan, PA
March 28, 2021 at 9:54 PM
I hunt in Iowa and I agree with you all 100%. I wish Pennsylvania would do that??
lesley w. collins
March 23, 2021 at 7:13 PM
way to g Iowa.les Collins Missouri resident
March 22, 2021 at 9:53 AM
amen time to move!!!
March 19, 2021 at 11:51 PM
ok let have some more states step up o the plate–your going to need something when people just out of prison wih no money-food-place to stay-want sex -can’t speak english-sick-come thru you door.
March 19, 2021 at 4:51 PM
you all crazy
March 19, 2021 at 4:48 PM
All right, I sure agree with you all.
March 19, 2021 at 4:11 PM
I do agree that we should be able to have guns. Let’s face it if the person that has plans to kill some else, He/she dose not have to have a gun. There are many hundreds of weapons’ other than guns that will kill someone just as well. So if Joe Blow wants to kill Joe Cool, and is determined enough they will still get the job done without the use of a gun.
March 19, 2021 at 3:35 PM
All states should do the same thing
March 19,[email protected] PM
March 19, 2021 at 3:21 PM
All states should do this
March 19, 2021 at 2:52 PM
Yes I do.
Olive H Michaelis
March 19, 2021 at 2:44 PM
Definately YES. The Demnos are getting too much power and do not plan to let Republicans ever by in power again. We may have to have another civil war to protect our country.