Iowa childcare centers remain free to keep loaded guns on premises without telling parents

Iowa childcare centers remain free to keep loaded guns on premises without telling parents

President Donald Trump spoke at the NRA’s annual convention in Dallas Friday, telling supporters the Second Amendment will "never be under siege" as long as he is president. (May 4) AP Buy Photo Iowans running childcare centers remain free to keep loaded guns on the premises without telling parents, after legislators failed to heed the governor’s suggestion that they discuss proposed limits. Gov. Kim Reynolds last December blocked state regulators’ plans to require safe storage of firearms in childcare centers, including those run out of private homes. The regulators also wanted to require childcare operators to notify their clients’ parents if guns were present. The Republican governor said in December that she would prefer legislators, not state administrators, decide such an important issue. A Democratic state representative responded by introducing a bill on the matter in February. But the bill stalled with no discussion. Legislators adjourned this month without taking it up. Reynolds’ spokeswoman. Brenna Smith, noted Thursday that under Iowa’s criminal law, a person can be charged with child endangerment for leaving an unsecured gun in an area where a child younger than 14 could reasonably be expected to find it. That law is sometimes invoked after a child is injured in an accidental shooting. Smith said state inspectors who see an unsecured gun in a childcare setting could call the police or cite that law in withholding a license. Last year’s Department of Human Services proposal would have added specific licensing rules regarding the storage of guns. […]

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