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Iowa to become latest state to allow guns in its Capitol

Iowa to become latest state to allow guns in its Capitol”

Previously, anyone could get the name, address and birth date of concealed carry permit holders.

The legislation was proposed by Secretary of State Paul Pate, who said during a hearing on March 6 it was meant to "modernize elections technology, streamline the system, and secure integrity by preventing the potential for fraud or human error".

"Without exaggeration, House File 517 is the most monumental and sweeping piece of gun legislation in Iowa's history", Snell said. It also includes provisions establishing "stand-your-ground" protections for gun owners. They say it will lead to racial tensions and increased gun violence.

Aside from the stand-your-ground provision, most states with significant rural areas already allow children to possess firearms, Cottrol said.

"I think anytime we are expanding the use of deadly force, we do have to be cautious about that", Boulton said. The "Stand Your Ground" policy would only "expand justifications for killing others", he wrote.

The measure was well-received in the legislature, passing unanimously in both the House in March and the Senate in April while the Iowa Department of Natural Resources was reportedly neutral on the bill.

The Iowa Judicial Branch, which oversees state courts, shares similar concerns. "The driver behind this is to restore Iowans' individual freedoms and liberties".

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. The bill also would prohibit prosecutors from stacking an additional firearm charge if the weapon has nothing to do with the crime.



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