Iowa House firearms omnibus heads to the Senate

Iowa House firearms omnibus heads to the Senate

WKanadpon / Shutterstock.com (The Center Square) – Republicans in the Iowa House of Representatives – and Rep. Wes Breckenridge, D-Newton, the Public Safety committee ranking chair – have passed a firearms omnibus bill. HF 756 was passed March 17 after nearly four hours of debate on the House floor and inclusion of an amendment. Under the bill, Iowans would be able to acquire a firearm from a federally registered dealer by either presenting a valid permit or by completing a national instant background check every time they buy a firearm. They could also acquire the weapon through a private seller, who would face a class D felony instead of an aggravated misdemeanor (as under the current law) if the purchaser is not eligible to carry a firearm. A class D felony carries a penalty of up to five years in prison, have to pay a fine of $750 to $7,500, and lose their right to carry or purchase a firearm ever again, Holt said. Currently, Iowans must have a permit to carry or acquire – which is valid for five years and requires a one-time background check – a firearm to purchase a weapon from a federally licensed gun seller or present a permit to a private seller. “If the seller does not know [the purchaser] well enough to be sure [that they are not prohibited from purchasing the firearm], they can visit a licensed firearms dealer to run a background check and then sell [the purchaser] on consignment,” […]

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