Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (R) signed a bill on Friday that allows people to buy and carry pistols in the state without a license.
Reynolds wrote in a statement: “Today, I signed a law 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.”
She added: “We will never be able to ban or prevent every bad actor from acquiring guns, but what we can do is to ensure that law-abiding citizens enjoy the safety of Iowa people while fully enjoying their constitutional rights.”
According to the Des Moines Register, the bill has been called “constitutional”
According to the Associated Press, the bill enables Iowans to selectively obtain licenses to carry pistols and conduct background checks when buying guns through unlicensed sales (including websites and gun shows).
The Des Moines City Register states that if an individual in Iowa chooses not to obtain a license, they must pass a background check when buying from a federally licensed dealer.
In addition, according to the Associated Press, Iowa people who have not obtained a permit or have not undergone safety training will be allowed to bring guns into public places including grocery stores and shopping centers.
However, the bill does require the court to report to the state law enforcement database if it is deemed unsuitable to carry a firearm for mental health reasons.
Reynolds wrote in a statement: “The law also takes greater steps to inform law enforcement officers of personal mental illness to ensure that guns do not fall into criminals.”
According to the Associated Press, 22 states currently have laws that require background checks on all gun sales. However, other states, including Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin, do not require background checks on all purchases.
The bill was passed by a 60 to 37 vote in the Iowa House of Representatives last month. Only one Democrat joined the Republican Party to support the legislation. On March 22, the bill passed the Senate Senate by a vote of 31 to 17.
On March 11, days before a total of 18 people were killed in the shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, Colorado, the House of Representatives passed two bills designed to strengthen background checks on gun sales and transfers.
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