Iowa law allowing permitless handgun carry, purchase takes effect today

Iowa law allowing permitless handgun carry, purchase takes effect today

Iowans can now buy and carry handguns without first getting a permit, after a new law went into effect Thursday. For the first time, the law makes having a permit optional for adults 21 and older to buy a handgun or carry one in most public places. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the Iowa law, which advocates often refer to as "constitutional carry" or "permitless carry," in April. More than a dozen states have similar laws. The new law won’t change the rules for long guns, like rifles and shotguns, which didn’t require a permit under the previous law. Customers will still need to pass a background check when buying long guns and handguns from a federally licensed dealer. Anyone already barred from owning a gun, such as those with felony convictions, are still unable to legally buy or carry firearms in Iowa. And the law does not allow someone to carry a firearm if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, in possession of drugs or if they are committing a crime. Will would-be gun owners care? Dave Bloom, owner of JLM Shooter’s Supply in Urbandale, said he’s gotten some questions about the new law but the vast majority of his customers won’t be affected. "Most of them don’t care because they’re going to continue to have a permit," he said. "They have a permit now. They’re going to have one in the future. Most of our customers this law is completely irrelevant. They just don’t care." […]

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