Gun deaths rising in Iowa as new law removes handgun permits

Gun deaths rising in Iowa as new law removes handgun permits

1 of 2FILE – In this Feb. 10, 2015, file photo is State Sen. Jason Schultz, R-Schleswig, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Gun deaths are rising in Iowa even before a landmark law goes into effect Thursday, July 1, 2021, that will allow people to more easily buy handguns and carry them in public without training or a permit. Gov. Reynolds signed the bill in April after facing pressure from conservative activists. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall File) IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Gun deaths are surging in Iowa as a law is set to go into effect Thursday that will allow people to more easily buy handguns and carry them in public without training or a permit. A record 353 Iowa residents died from gunshot wounds in 2020, including 263 suicides and 85 homicides, an Iowa Department of Public Health spokeswoman said Tuesday. The shooting deaths represent a 23% increase from Iowa’s previous high of 287 in 2019, including an 80% jump in homicides, according to state data. It’s the most dramatic one-year hike in an upward trend that has accelerated since 2016. From 1999 to 2001, Iowa averaged only 194 annual gun deaths, including just 25 homicides, according to federal data. Iowa is among several Republican-led states that have passed laws this year allowing for the permitless carry of guns, including one that will take effect Thursday in Tennessee and another in Texas on Sept. 1 . Iowa’s new law also eliminates a requirement that people pass […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.