Iowa Pro-Gun Bill Passes to the Governor’s Desk
By Chris Eger
Cities and counties looking to drop the hammer on gun owners in Iowa will find it harder under a pending bill headed to Gov. Kim Reynolds. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Lawmakers in the Hawkeye State last week approved a measure that would help protect shooting ranges and further bar cities and counties from regulating guns.
Iowa HF 2502 passed the state House 52-44 in February before clearing the state Senate 32-17 this month and now heads to Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds for her review. The measure has several sections that help ensure the right to keep and bear arms.
The bill prohibits county or city governments from requiring current or planned shooting ranges from jumping through zoning hoops or local ordinances that are more stringent than required by state law. Likewise, under the measure, local governments cannot adopt any ordinance regulating the “ownership, possession, transfer, transportation, registration, and licensing of firearms to include the modification of firearms.” Cities and counties that do would be subject to legal action from any person adversely affected by such local regulations.
When it comes to local governments implementing “no gun” zones in public buildings, HF 2502 stipulates that they can only do so if they made arrangements to provide