Iowa Legislature sends bill allowing gun purchases without a permit to Gov. Reynolds’ desk

Iowa Legislature sends bill allowing gun purchases without a permit to Gov. Reynolds’ desk

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) — The Iowa Legislature has passed a bill that would no longer require Iowans to have a permit to buy or carry a gun , sending the measure to Governor Kim Reynolds’ desk for her signature. The Iowa Senate approved House File 756 on Monday by a 31-17 vote after the Iowa House approved the measure 60-37 last week. If you go to a store and buy a gun from a licensed dealer, the bill won’t change much. You will still have to undergo a federal background check by the FBI. Iowans would still be able to obtain permits to carry or acquire guns, but it would be optional. The permits and background checks will not be required for private sales, but it is a federal crime to sell a gun to someone who isn’t allowed to own one. Under the bill, doing so would be a class D felony and be punishable by up to five years in prison. Supporters say the bill makes it easier for Iowans to buy guns and exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Republican lawmakers add they believe many Iowans would still apply for permits to be able to carry their weapons out of state. Opponents say the bill will lead to guns ending up in the wrong hands of prohibited buyers like domestic abusers, felons and those with mental illnesses. The Senate approved that bill right after passing House File 621 by a 31-17 vote as […]

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