Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a law on Friday to relax the rules on gun ownership by canceling permits to buy or carry pistols in the state.
The new law will take effect on July 1, and many people refer to it as a “constitutional” bill.
Reynolds said in a statement Friday afternoon: “Today, I signed legislation to protect the rights of Iowa’s law-abiding citizens of the Second Amendment, while still preventing the sale of guns to criminals and other dangerous individuals.”
Republicans admit that the bill will not prevent “bad actors” from obtaining pistols, but it will protect the rights of their citizens.
The bill does not provide freedom to buy guns freely, without any obstacles.
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According to previous laws, citizens need to pass a background check to obtain the license required to purchase or carry a pistol. The new law still requires background checks or permits for dealers authorized by the federal government, but no longer requires background checks or permits for individual suppliers.
The Iowa Daily reported that supporters of the bill claim that Iowans will still be permitted to bring their pistols to other states that have reciprocal agreements with Iowa.
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Democrats and gun violence prevention organizations called on Reynolds to veto the legislation.
State Senate Minority Leader Zach Walls (Dachaloral) Des Moines Register told Reynolds by phone.
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Walls also pointed to Reynolds’s previous comments in support of Iowa’s current gun laws: Reynolds stated in 2018 that Iowa has “reasonable and responsible gun laws.
Reynolds reiterated her position in 2019 when she refused to support similar legislation on the grounds that background checks and permits were “the right thing to do.”
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When asked about these recent remarks, Reynolds admitted that in the past she said that the current policy was good, but she would consider it when proposing new legislation.
Tennessee is also preparing to allow adults 21 and older to carry unauthorized pistols, and Republican Governor Bill Lee is expected to sign the recently passed bill.