Iowa Poll: Two-thirds oppose permitless handgun carry law; most support pro-gun constitutional amendment action

Iowa Poll: Two-thirds oppose permitless handgun carry law; most support pro-gun constitutional amendment action

© Copyright 2021, Des Moines Register and Tribune Co. Two-thirds of Iowans oppose a new state law allowing adults to purchase and carry handguns without a permit, a Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows. The law, which Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds signed this spring , is set to take effect July 1. It will make it optional for adults 21 and older to get permits before they buy or carry handguns in Iowa. The poll found that less than a third of Iowans (30%) favor the measure while two-thirds (67%) oppose it and 3% are not sure. “With kind of the rise of gun violence coming back after the pandemic, I don’t think it’s necessarily the right direction to be becoming less concerned about who is getting guns,” said Ann Lent, a 19-year-old Democratic poll respondent from Carlisle. “I think now is the time to be certain that we trust the hands that the guns are going into.” More: Jordan Challis, a 23-year-old Republican poll respondent from Marion, said he doesn’t see the need for people to get a permit to carry a handgun because they’re already subject to other screening procedures, like background checks. “You’re already subject to background checks and all those other background checks and mental health evaluations, so what’s a permit going to do different or add to that level of security?” he said. Democrats and gun violence prevention groups have said they’re concerned that the new law rolls back background checks on handgun sales […]

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