Controversial bill would remove requirement to have a permit to a buy gun in Iowa

Controversial bill would remove requirement to have a permit to a buy gun in Iowa

DEMUXER_ERROR_NO_SUPPORTED_STREAMS: FFmpegDemuxer: no supported streams CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – A bill removing gun permit requirements in Iowa advanced in the Iowa House this week. House Study Bill 254 won’t change much for people who go to buy a gun from a store or licensed dealer; you’ll still face the federally required background check. That’s why one gun shop owner we spoke with says he believes people are overreacting to the bill. “Right now you’d have to go buy a $30 permit and go through a background check to say here you already knew this, but now the government’s officially saying you can own a gun. Well why should you pay $25 to get a permit to be able to buy a gun when we can just make a phone call,” Ernie Traugh, owner of Cedar Valley Outfitters, said. Permits and background checks would not be required for private sales done between individuals, however, selling to someone not allowed to have a gun is a federal crime. This bill makes doing so a class D felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison. “I think in fact this will probably increase the likelihood of background checks and decrease those private sales. Because unless you know that person really, really, really well, it better go to the federally licensed firearms dealer so that background check can be done,” State Rep. Steven Holt said. Still, gun control advocates say removing permits takes out a safeguard to keep guns out of […]

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