Opinion: Iowa Republican lawmakers make a stand for freedom — well, one freedom (to get and carry guns)

Opinion: Iowa Republican lawmakers make a stand for freedom — well, one freedom (to get and carry guns)

No legislative session would be complete without Republicans trying to make it easier for Iowans to buy and tote around guns. This year is no exception. Under a bill passed by the Iowa Legislature and sent to Gov. Kim Reynolds , Iowans would be able to purchase and carry handguns without permits. House File 756 seems less about creating sound policy and more about Republican lawmakers creating another opportunity to publicly profess their love of the Second Amendment. The legislation is about “advancing Iowans’ freedom,” said House Majority Leader Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley. The legislation protects the rights of law-abiding gun owners, said Sen. Jason Schultz, R-Schleswig. “These proposals recognize that the right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right, not a privilege, and that Iowans should not be required to get a permission slip and pay a fee in order to purchase a firearm and practice their fundamental Second Amendment rights,” said Rep. Steven Holt, R-Denison. An unfettered ability to exercise your constitutional rights? The same group refuses to apply that philosophy to voting. Yet it doesn’t want the slightest inconvenience for those desiring to carry around deadly weapons. Rekha Basu: Rekha Basu: Now is not the time to get rid of gun permit rules. Please don’t sign the bill, Governor. More: Will Gov. Kim Reynolds sign the no-permit gun purchase, carry bill? She will ‘do a thorough evaluation’ To be clear, obtaining a permit to own and carry a firearm in this state is hardly […]

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