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Iowa gun laws expanded

Iowa gun laws expanded

The bill expands self-defense rights for gun owners, so-called Stand Your Ground.

"The NRA and our five million members thank the Iowa Legislature and Gov. Branstad for working to strengthen Iowans' Second Amendment rights so they have the freedom to protect themselves and their families".

Governor Terry Branstad signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law today. 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.

"In fact, an article in yesterday's Washington Post called this legislation Iowa's most expansive gun bill ever", Branstad said.

Aside from the stand-your-ground provision, most states with significant rural areas already allow children to possess firearms, Cottrol said. "The reality is when you have a gun-violent situation and if someone is killed with gun violence, we'll leave it to our courts to interpret and apply what the situation was that led to that death".

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"There is no credible research that indicates deregulation of public carrying of concealed firearms reduces violent crime or curtails mass shootings", Webster wrote.

The governor thanked the Iowa Firearms Coalition and the Iowa National Rifle Association for their advocacy. The House was scheduled to debate the bill this week.

HF 517 passed the state Senate 33 to 17 and the House, 57 to 36.

Other provisions of HF 517 would pre-empt local ordinances restricting gun rights; create a uniform permit to carry weapons; provide for five-year permits to acquire handguns rather than single-year permits and immediately create confidentiality for those with permits; legalize short-barreled rifles and shotguns; and allow those with permits to carry handguns in the Iowa Capitol and other public buildings.

He also praised the bill's managers, Sen.

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