April 2, 2021 - 3:27 pm - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law that gets rid of the requirement that Iowans get state permits to purchase and carry pistols and revolvers.

The state permits for buying AND carrying a concealed handgun are now voluntary. The law went into effect just as soon as the governor put her signature on the document Friday.

Critics say the bill creates a loophole on private gun sales, since the state permit process for buying handguns that is now optional requires a background check. Supporters of the law say it gets rid of the state permission slip for a constitutional right under the 2nd amendment.

Governor Reynolds issued a written statement Friday afternoon, emphasizing a section of the law that makes it a felony to knowingly sell a handgun to someone who cannot legally own a gun. Reynolds says state officials will never be able to outlaw or prevent every single bad actor from getting a gun, but this new law ensures law-abiding citizens have full access to their constitutional rights while keeping Iowans safe.

Iowa becomes the 19th state to allow a person to carry a handgun without a permit, or what proponents refer to as “Constitutional Carry.” The other states are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota (for residents, concealed carry only), Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming (for Wyoming residents only).

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