Sweeping gun reforms signed into Iowa law

Sweeping gun reforms signed into Iowa law”

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Part of the bill went into effect Thursday.

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.

Finally, the law strikes gun-free zones at the state capitol, expands Fourth Amendment search and seizure protections for those carrying firearms, scraps the state ban on short barreled rifles and shotguns, and prevents officials from restricting the carry of firearms during a state of emergency.

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.

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"I am very honored to sign House File 517 into law", Branstad told the assembled group of supporters.

Tom Ferguson, executive director of the Iowa County Attorneys Association, said because the bill does not exempt city halls or courthouses, local jurisdictions would face a constant threat of lawsuits and damages. "We'd love to have gone further, but this is still the most monumental piece of Second Amendment legislation and rights enhancement that Iowans have ever seen". "Expanding the freedoms and solidifying the constitutional rights of Iowans should always be a goal". "Overall, this is a very comprehensive reform and a lot of it is long overdue and I'm just very pleased".

"It is a great day for freedom. And I think everybody's really excited".

Not everyone saw Thursday's development as a victory.

Gustafson applauded the fact that Iowa legislators did not repeal Iowa's background check requirement for handgun sales and permit requirement for carrying concealed handguns.

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