Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a law Friday that loosens gun ownership regulations, removing the need for permission to buy or carry guns in the state.
The new law takes effect on July 1st, with many calling it a “constitutional wear” bill.
“Today, I signed legislation protecting the rights of the Second Amendment to Iowa lawmakers while preventing the sale of firearms to criminals and other dangerous individuals,” Reynolds said in a statement Friday afternoon.
The Republican admitted that the bill will not stop “bad actors” from acquiring guns, but that it will protect the rights of its citizens.
The bill does not give full freedom to purchase weapons without obstacles.
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Under the previous law, the citizen would have to pass a background check to obtain a permit, which was necessary to purchase or carry pistols. The new law still requires background checks or permits for federally licensed dealers, but no longer requires them for individual suppliers.
Proponents of the bill say the Iowans will still receive permits to carry their guns to other states that have reciprocal agreements with Iowa, the Iowa State Daily reported.
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Democrats and anti-violence groups have called on Reynolds to veto the law.
“One could buy a firearm from a private vendor without checking the past and then carry the firearm anywhere in public, without any firearms training, if this bill is passed,” the minority leader said. in State Senate Zack Walls, D-Coralville, told Reynolds during a conversation, according to the Des Moines Register.
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Walls also cited previous comments Reynolds made in support of the current Iowa Weapons Act: In 2018, Reynolds said Iowa had “reasonable and responsible gun laws.”
Reynolds reaffirmed her position in 2019 when she refused to support such legislation on the grounds that inspections and permits were “the right thing to do,” according to The Gazette.
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Asked about these statements recently, Reynolds acknowledged that she had said in the past that the policies in place were good, but would consider the new legislation as presented.
Tennessee is also ready to allow indiscriminate carrying of pistols for adults aged 21 and over, with Republican Gov. Bill Lee expected to sign the bill recently.