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Governor Reynolds signs gun bill into law

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A bill lifting some restrictions on access to guns in Iowa has now been signed into law by Governor Kim Reynolds.

Iowans will still be able apply for a permit to carry or obtain firearms after a background check, but the process will now be optional for sales between private citizens.

However, under House File 756 it would be a felony to sell, rent or loan a gun to a buyer who cannot legally get a gun.

The law notes anyone buying a gun from a federally licensed dealer would still have to either pass a federal background check or show a permit to carry.

Reynolds also signed House File 621, which makes changes to liability for firearm, firearm accessory and ammunition manufactures, distributors, importers, traders, sellers and dealers.

The National Rifle Association tweeted in support of the decision:

The law now makes it illegal to sue for damages related to criminal or unlawful use of a firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition.

Companies could still face legal action if a product malfunctions.

The Iowa Democratic Party issued a statement shortly after the bill was signed.

“Kim Reynolds’ reckless disregard for the safety and well-being of Iowans is limitless. Our communities aren’t safer when criminals can legally purchase a handgun without a background check. Background checks are wildly popular, even among gun owners, as a common-sense way to keep people safe. Legislation like this serves no purpose other than appeasing the gun industry and its powerful lobbyists. If this is the kind of leadership Kim Reynolds thinks Iowans deserve, it’s not surprising a majority of the state doesn’t think she should run for another term.”

The Iowa chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action also condemned the governor's signing of the bill into law.

“By caving to the gun lobby and extremists in the legislature, Gov. Reynolds has failed her constituents and made clear that she stands with the gun lobby over public safety,” said Erica Fletcher, a volunteer with Iowa Moms Demand Action.


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