gun rights

Law enforcement officials urge action against rising numbers of ‘ghost guns’

BY: - May 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — An exponential increase in so-called “ghost guns” has put extra burdens on law enforcement, officials said during a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday. President Joe Biden has promised a crackdown the firearms, which are easily assembled from kits and not subject to federal gun laws. Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison testified that his department […]

Accused domestic abuser says he now has a gun permit

BY: - April 8, 2021

An eastern Iowa man whose domestic-violence conviction led to his being denied a gun permit says he has now legally obtained that permit. The dispute over whether 51-year-old Todd Michael Hansel of Dubuque is entitled to a gun permit has coincided with passage of a new state law eliminating, effective July 1, the legal requirement […]

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Gun control fails quickly in Congress after each mass shooting, but states often act – including to loosen gun laws

BY: - March 28, 2021

Recent mass shootings at three spas in Atlanta, Georgia and a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado have renewed calls for new gun legislation. The U.S. has been here before — after shootings in Tucson, Aurora, Newtown, Charleston, Roseburg, San Bernardino, Orlando, Las Vegas, Parkland, El Paso and other communities across the United States. Congress has declined […]

Reynolds declines to say whether she’ll sign bill eliminating handgun permit requirement

BY: - March 24, 2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds would not say Wednesday whether she plans to sign legislation approved last week to eliminate permit requirements for Iowans to purchase or carry a handgun. Reynolds, responding to a reporter’s question at a news conference, said her staff is currently reviewing House File 756. The bill received final approval by the Iowa […]

Bill to remove handgun permit requirements passes Senate, headed to governor’s desk

BY: - March 22, 2021

Two controversial firearms bills are headed to the governor’s desk after a Senate debate on Monday. The Senate passed bills to remove permit requirements for the purchase and carry of handguns and to limit the liability of firearm and ammunition manufacturers and sellers. “This bill fundamentally changes the relationship between our state government and our […]

Republicans object to ban on guns in U.S. House committee room

BY: - February 18, 2021

WASHINGTON — A U.S. House committee meeting devolved into taunts and lectures on Thursday when Republicans objected to a rule banning firearms from the hearing room. A meeting to organize the Natural Resources Committee and vote on its rules, generally a staid and dry procedural affair, went off the rails when U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, […]

Lawmakers advance liability protection for gun manufacturers, sellers

BY: - February 18, 2021

Gun and ammunition manufacturers and sellers would be shielded from liability for shooting injuries and deaths under legislation approved Thursday by an Iowa House committee. House Study Bill 116 states that the manufacture and distribution of firearms by duly authorized entities is “not unreasonably dangerous.” It would prevent lawsuits for nuisance abatement or recovery of […]

Bill would allow disabled Iowans to hunt from motorized scooters

BY: - February 11, 2021

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow disabled Iowans to hunt using motorized scooters. If approved, House Study Bill 196 would allow non-ambulatory people to carry uncased, but unloaded, firearms while operating or riding an electric scooter. In addition, non-ambulatory Iowans would be allowed to fire their guns from an electric scooter while […]

House panels advance constitutional amendments on abortion, gun rights

BY: - January 19, 2021

Proposals to amend Iowa’s constitution to restrict state courts’ authority over abortion and firearms cases are advancing in the Iowa House. In back-to-back meetings with limited debate, three-member subcommittees of the House Judiciary and House Public Safety committees each voted 2-1 to advance proposed constitutional amendments to the full committees for debate. Neither proposal is […]

U.S. Supreme Court tosses gun case as Kavanaugh urges future debate

BY: - April 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday avoided issuing a landmark Second Amendment ruling in a closely watched gun rights case, but set the stage for future legal battles. A divided court ruled that a challenge to New York City gun restrictions was moot because the city had later changed its regulations. The case had been billed […]

Pandemic fuels state feuds over gun rights

BY: - April 23, 2020

COVID-19 has ignited the debate over gun rights as states grapple with whether to allow gun sales while other retailers are forced to shutter. Stores selling guns and ammunition remain legally open in 45 states that include sellers and manufacturers as essential services that are exempted from orders shutting down most commercial activity or have […]

Iowa senators consider allowing guns on school, business properties

BY: - January 23, 2020

Employers who don’t want guns on their property may not have a choice under a new bill that moved forward in the Iowa Senate on Thursday. It would require employers to allow permit-carrying employees to keep a concealed weapon in their locked vehicles. The bill states that an employer cannot ban a permit-carrying employee from […]