Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signs commonsense gun bill into law giving citizens added protection

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed legislation into law on Friday lifting some restrictions to buy or carry a handgun in the state for law-abiding citizens.

The legislation named “House File 756” will take effect on July 1 and eliminates law-abiding Iowans’ requirement to obtain a permit to purchase a handgun from private non-licensed sources. Additionally, to carry a weapon, people will no longer need to have a permit as well.

Individuals will still have to follow federal law and go through an instant background check to buy from licensed sellers each time they purchase a gun.

“Today, I signed legislation that protects the 2nd Amendment rights of Iowa’s law-abiding citizens while still preventing the sale of firearms to criminals and other dangerous individuals,” Reynolds said in a statement after signing the bill.

“This law also takes greater steps to inform law enforcement about an individual’s mental illness helping ensure firearms don’t end up in the wrong hands,” she added. “We will never be able to outlaw or prevent every single bad actor from getting a gun, but what we can do is ensure law-abiding citizens have full access to their constitutional rights while keeping Iowans safe.” Source: Epoch Times.

In 2020, there were 270,614 background checks conducted in Iowa through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which the FBI operates. That’s the most of any year dating to 1999, according to NICS data.

Federal background checks in Iowa are on pace to break that record in 2021, with 34,313 inspections conducted in January and 30,572 in February, Des Moines Register reported.

The 18 other states that eliminated this requirement are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

The bill makes sense to us. Decades of criminal justice evaluations show that bad actors do not obtain weapons through the legal process. Guns used in crimes are often obtained illegally. Thus, the maxim that “if you ban guns, only criminals will have them” rings true.

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