Security logistics loom if guns are allowed at Iowa Capitol

Iowa Utilities Board

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"The NRA and our five million members thank the Iowa Legislature and Gov. Branstad for working to strengthen Iowans' Second Amendment rights so they have the freedom to protect themselves and their families".

Democrats and gun safety advocates expressed concern over the stand-your-ground provision, which will allow people to use deadly force anywhere if they felt a risk to their life or safety. The state must provide identification to people who need it.

That provision has raised concerns that the bill would do more to increase gun violence in the state.

Aside from the stand-your-ground provision, most states with significant rural areas already allow children to possess firearms, Cottrol said.

Gov. Terry Branstad commented that the new law makes, "Iowa one of the most pro-2nd Amendment states in the country". "And I think everybody's really excited".

Daniel Webster, director of the John Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, echoed Boulton in a column published last month in the Des Moines Register.

The stand your ground statute means law-abiding Iowans will be immune from prosecution if they lethally and justifiably employ a handgun in self-defense while under attack. "The most recent and most rigorous research shows that such policies, if anything, lead to more assaults committed with firearms". The House was scheduled to debate the bill this week. The state's Senate passed it on Thursday, sending it to Branstad's desk. "The driver behind this is to restore Iowans' individual freedoms and liberties".

Finally, the law strikes gun-free zones at the state capitol, expands Fourth Amendment search and seizure protections for those carrying firearms, scraps the state ban on short barreled rifles and shotguns, and prevents officials from restricting the carry of firearms during a state of emergency. The bill also would prohibit prosecutors from stacking an additional firearm charge if the weapon has nothing to do with the crime.

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