A new Iowa Bill would allow for Iowans to purchase and carry guns without a permit.
Iowans would be allowed to buy or carry firearms without obtaining a permit under a GOP-backed bill approved by a state committee this week.
The bill, known as House Study Bill 254, was introduced last month and passed along party lines in an Iowa House subcommittee on Monday, with two Republican state lawmakers voting for the bill and one Democratic lawmaker opposed.
If passed, the legislation would make the process of obtaining a permit to carry or acquire firearms optional. Anyone purchasing a weapon from a federally licensed gun seller would still either have to pass a federal background check or present an approved permit to carry a weapon.
Gun sales between private citizens would additionally no longer require state residents to obtain a permit to buy weapons. The legislation would make it a class D felony under state law to sell, rent or loan a weapon to a person who the seller “knows or reasonably should know” cannot legally own a firearm.
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