Iowa lawmakers pass the state’s most expansive gun rights bill ever

by Kristine Phillips | washingtonpost  |  published on April 13, 2017

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With one stroke of a pen, Gov. Terry Branstad is poised to make Iowa one of the friendliest states for gun owners.

Lawmakers have passed a bill that many say is the most comprehensive and broadest piece of legislation on gun rights the state has seen. The legislation would, among other things, allow citizens to use deadly force if they believe their lives are threatened and to sue local government officials if they think gun-free zones have violated their Second Amendment rights.

Branstad, the long-serving Republican governor whom President Trump selected to be the ambassador to China, has hinted that he’s inclined to sign the bill, calling it “reasonable” legislation that he “could support.” House File 517 reached the governor’s desk this week.

The passage of House File 517 marks the end of a decades-long battle for a bill that does more than make incremental changes to the state’s gun laws and would bring Iowa in line with its more gun-friendly neighbors such as Missouri and Wisconsin, said Barry Snell, president of the Iowa Firearms Coalition, an advocacy group that has been instrumental in the bill’s inception and passage.

  • Humble Servant

    If you don’t love your neighbor you will respect him because an armed society is a civil society. The right to bare arms was not a hunting right but a right to protect ones self, family and property. The legal system will need to be changed to reflect this right because it has been warped over the last 10yrs.

  • NM Leon

    Two thumbs up!

  • Walter Flatt

    THE SECOND ADMENDMEND GIVE EVERY AMERICAN CITIZEN THE RIGHT TO OWN AND BEAR A GUN, NO JUDGE, MAYOR, CHEIF OF POLICE, CITY ORDENCE, SUPREME COURT, SENATOR, REPRESENTATIVE, OR EVEN THE PRESIDENT CAN TAKE THAT RIGHT AWAY FROM US. THE ONLY WAY IT CAN BE DONE IS FOR A BILL TO PASS BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE, SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT TO PASS IT INTO LAW. PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO TAKE THAT RIGHT AWAY FROM US, ARE OUT TO DESTROY AMERICA AND NOT ALLOW US TO PROTECT OUR LIVES AND PROPERTY. DO THAT AND WE ARE IN CIVIL WAR AGAIN AND IT WOULD ALLOW THE MUSLIM RACE, THAT WE ARE IN WORLD WAR 3 WITH TODAY, TAKE OVER OUR GOVERNMENT AND COUNTRY. FOLKS THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN AS LONG AS YOU HAVE MILLIONS OF VETS WITH GUNS AND AMMO. GET OVER IT.

  • Webb

    The 2nd Amendment…May it always have a long Life!!

    • Retired

      With a change in the Supreme Court it will , this administration will more than likely get to choose 2 more appointees .

  • Rock

    LONG overdue !

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