Iowa just became the 19h state to allow law-abiding residents to carry handguns concealed without a permit. Residents in these “Constitutional Carry” states may purchase and carry handguns without prior government approval, effective on July 1.
“Today I signed legislation protecting the Second Amendment rights of Iowa’s law-abiding citizens while still preventing the sale of firearms to criminals and other dangerous individuals,” Governor Kim Reynolds said in a statement.
An excerpt from Fox News:
Under previous law, a citizen would need to pass a background check to obtain a permit, which was required to buy or carry handguns. The new law still requires background checks or permits for federally-licensed dealers, but it does not require them anymore for individual vendors.
Supporters of the bill claim that Iowans would still obtain permits in order to carry their handguns in other states that have reciprocal agreements with Iowa, the Iowa State Daily reported.
Iowa, a swing state, joined Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming in strengthening gun rights.
Most Americans take the Second Amendment seriously. Many believe the U.S. Constitution is the permit to keep and bear arms for self-defense. Gun-rights advocates also promote national reciprocity, which would require states that allow residents to carry concealed to recognize carry permits from other states.
State and local officials have attempted to infringe on citizens’ Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms regardless of who is in the White House. During the Trump administration, certain local governments cited the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to infringe on the Second Amendment. For example, a judge in one Georgia county suspended conceal-carry permit applications. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit said that the “natural right to armed self-defense does not cease to exist when a person steps over the threshold of their home and into the outside world.”
In Los Angeles County, Sheriff Alex Villanueva tried to shut down gun stores, claiming they were non-essential businesses. The only way law-abiding California residents can buy guns is through a federally licensed gun dealer. Shutting down gun stores impedes their ability to buy guns legally. After a backlash, Villanueva backtracked.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security added gun stores, gun manufacturers, and gun ranges to the list of essential businesses.
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