Published: Sat, April 15, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Security logistics loom if guns are allowed at Iowa Capitol

Security logistics loom if guns are allowed at Iowa Capitol

Branstad signed the legislation Thursday.

The signing comes despite concerns over the stand-your-ground rule, which will allow residents the use of deadly force anywhere if they feel threatened.

The bill signed into law by Governor Branstad will protect Iowans from the possibility of police going door to door to collect their guns in the event of a natural disaster or state of emergency powers.

Permit Privacy - The bill restricts the use and disclosure of information acquired about holders of nonprofessional permits to carry weapons and permits to acquire firearms.

Meanwhile, Second Amendment groups including the National Rifle Association were pleased with the new law.

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ACLU of Iowa Legal Director Rita Bettis said of the bill, "Make no mistake: This is only the latest in a broad strategy to make it harder for qualified voters to vote and roll back decades of progress to expand participation in our elections by all eligible voters". "Expanding the freedoms and solidifying the constitutional rights of Iowans should always be a goal of our state, whose motto is 'Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain'".

This report includes material from the Washington Post.

"This is a great victory", said Richard Rogers of the Iowa Firearms Coalition. The bill also would prohibit prosecutors from stacking an additional firearm charge if the weapon has nothing to do with the crime.

Gun control organizations pushed hard to derail HF 517 during the legislative process and urged the governor for a veto, arguing the package was a danger to public safety.

Amber Gustafson of the Iowa Chapter of Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America issued a statement expressing concern that Iowa joining the ranks of states with "stand-your-ground" laws would result in a higher homicide rate as she said it has in those locations.

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