By Tom Knighton
While states like California, New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey seem to be in a race to see who can restrict guns the most in the shortest period of time, we can at least rest easy knowing that some states are doing the exact opposite.
One of those is Iowa.
The state’s lawmakers have already expanded gun rights a fair bit over the years, but they’re looking to do a whole lot more.
Supporters of the Iowa Legislature’s sweeping expansion of gun rights expect the movement to continue this year with actions to amend the state’s constitution and revive a debate over whether to scrap gun permits — a measure sidelined last year after a Florida school shooting.
After Republicans clinched control of the state lawmaking agenda in the 2016 elections, lawmakers passed House File 517, a major expansion of gun rights in Iowa. The law created a “stand your ground” self-defense provision, forbade local governments from passing their own gun restrictions, extended the time period for permits to acquire handguns and made confidential the names of those who had permits, among many other changes.
Actions begun last year to further expand gun rights will continue this legislative session, which starts Jan. …Read the Rest
Source:: Bearing Arms