Bill at the statehouse would make gun permits optional

Bill at the statehouse would make gun permits optional

House File 756 would no longer require Iowans to have a permit to buy or carry a handgun. DES MOINES, Iowa — A bill headed to the Iowa Senate hopes to relax Iowa’s gun laws. House File 756 would no longer require Iowans to have a permit to buy or carry a handgun, making them optional. "The right to keep or bear arms is a fundamental right," Rep. Steven Holt, R-Denison said. "So a lot of our citizens feel they should not have to pay a fifty-dollar fee to [the] government a permission slip basically, a permit." Holt is a co-sponsor of the legislation, and said the bill gives Iowans back their Second Amendment right and will also make the state safer. "The permit would become optional, but not the background check," Holt said. "So if you choose not to get the permit every time you go to the firearms dealer to buy a firearm, you would have to have a background check." Democrats at the statehouse disagree that the bill would be a good thing for Iowa. "So you no longer need a permit to acquire from an unlicensed dealer," Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, D-Ames said. "If you have a serious mental health disorder, or you are a felon or you have a history of domestic violence, you don’t qualify to have a gun," Wessel-Kroceschell said. "If you know you don’t qualify and that you wouldn’t pass a background check you can easily bypass the system." Kathrine sears, an […]

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