Iowa enacts ‘constitutional carry’ law eliminating handgun permit requirement

In the wake of several high-profile shootings in recent weeks, calls from the left for heightened gun control measures have grown predictably louder, but in at least one American state, restrictions on gun ownership are being legislatively loosened.

As the Washington Examiner reports, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) has signed into law a “constitutional carry” bill that says “protects the Second Amendment rights of Iowa’s law-abiding citizens while still preventing the sale of firearms to criminals and other dangerous individuals,” sparking outcry from the left.

Prior to the passage of the bill, Iowans needed to submit to and pass a background check in order to secure the permit necessary to purchase or carry a handgun. Pursuant to the new legislation, however, while permits and background checks remain necessary for federally-licensed firearms dealers, they will no longer be required for individual firearms vendors in the state, according to Fox News.

Reynolds defended the move by saying that “we will never be able to outlaw or prevent every single bad actor from getting a fun, but what we can do is ensure law-abiding citizens have full access to their constitutional rights while keeping Iowans safe.”

Not surprisingly, gun control advocates on the left were swift in their condemnation of the new law, with state Sen. Rob Hogg (D) stating simply, “We don’t need to make it easier for bad guys to get guns,” as the Examiner noted.

Iowa Sen. Minority Leader Zach Wahls (D) was among those who had voiced concern prior to the bill’s adoption, arguing, “A person could be able to purchase a firearm from a private seller with no background check and then carry that firearm anywhere in public without any type of firearms proficiency.”

Despite the expected opposition from Democrats, the enactment of the new provisions was praised by the National Rifle Association which described the law as “a common-sense measure that allows law-abiding citizens to exercise their fundamental right of self-defense in the manner that best suits their needs,” adding, according to the Examiner:

The NRA fights for these rights because we recognize that our freedoms are fundamental and natural, not government-given.

Notably, Tennessee is also on the cusp of permitting adults to carry handguns without a permit, with the state’s General Assembly having passed legislation to that effect back in March, according to The Tennessean, with some Republican legislators pledging to bolster gun rights even further in the near future.

With President Joe Biden recently signaling his desire that Congress not “wait another minute” to push for enhanced gun control measures including expanded background checks and a possible ban on assault weapons, it seems all but assured that those committed to defending the Second Amendment rights of all Americans will have their hands full in the coming months.

55 Responses

  1. This is wonderful news! I couldn’t be happier knowing that people out there still appreciate and are working hard to uphold our freedoms and liberties given to us by the Constitution. Thank you, Iowa!!!

        1. I live in the mountains of CA and no one is going to tell me if and how I protect my family and what’s mine.

    1. Good for them. Its our Constitutional Right to bear arms. The bad guys will always have guns. Its not gun control we need its. Tougher Laws on criminals. Mental health programs for those who need it. Leave the Legal Citizens alone. They will protect themselves. Crime has ran ramped throughout our country and its time to re-enact the Death penalty in all 50 states with NO APPEALS. Get tough on drug runners, these drugs are killing your children. The gangs need to be dispersed and jailed for their crimes. Stop sanctuary cities, no federal funds. Stop the insanity in our country.

      1. Agreed except for appeals for the death penalty, must stay. The appeal process should not be endless but thuro. If not it will become a tool to scapegoat anyone the government doesn’t like and abuse will return with a vengeance.

    2. I must correct one thing, and that is the constitution does not “give” us the rights. It is a limitation on the government to not infringe upon our rights. I also congratulate Iowa for the recognition that we have the right to defend ourselves , by keeping and bearing arms.


    3. Lisa all they need do now is outlaw liberals/democrats and throw them all out? i have to go online and find property there as a retreat now?

    4. Yes, it is, and every state that claims to be AMERICAN should do the exact thing……government DOES NOT OWN THE USA…WE CITIZENS DO!!

    1. The better question is how do we get rid of the left? Our only way is by vote and now after this last election that is even not on the up and up anymore. We have lost all integrity in our politics mainly because of Dems and letting them get away with really bad things for the good of our country.

      1. We must maintain our elections stay lawful & the left doesn’t steal & Rob us again like last time-which is why many states are correcting it from the outcry’s of citizens! We have the power we need to use it legally!

  2. Every time democrat opens their mouth out spews lies. Amazing. Because law abiding citizens are granted carry permits. bad guys will get guns?????
    This state senator is a twit

    1. They have lied so much that they actually believe their own lies to be true. They no longer know want the truth is unfortunately.

  3. We the People are standing up for Our Legal Rights and Our Freedom as stated in the Constitution with our Liberty 🗽 God Bless America 🇺🇸 the voters have spoken

  4. That is great I hope and pray that more states will follow suit but I really pray that our military will wake up and stop the destruction of this great nation

    1. The Military CAN’T do NOTHING anymore, Conservatives are being PURGED, so what’s going to be left..???? The turds…the turds who will SHHOT us when given the order…..

  5. Great news thank you Iowa. We can not let the Leftist take away our rights to bear arms. How could anyone have voted for these morons?

    1. I’m still waiting to find out what ‘ the big lie’ is that the Left whines about every day..

  6. I would love to see every Democrat in Government re-called, Impeached and tried for Treason with a life sentence in prison!

  7. Go Iowa and you Governor keep up the good work and with many of the other States following suit.

  8. I pray all states will follow Iowa..I kno I won’t give up my right to bear arms! I will always protect my family!

  9. a very good decision. there will always be someone who will abuse any law and commit lawless crimes. At least someone is standing up for the law abiding citizens to be able to protect themselves. Taking away guns makes to law abiding weaker and the lawless stronger.

  10. GOOD FOR IOWA,I live in the sickly state of illinois and have had my foid card renewal in since much for efficient government,but what else would you expect from a chitcago dense oc RAT run state.Maybe they are waiting for more”shoebox money”.

  11. GOOD! Switzerland has very relaxed carry laws and they have the lowest crime rate in the world! It’s about time some politicians are getting smart/educated on gun laws! Criminals don’t follow laws! You would think that wouldn’t be so hard to understand.

  12. I hope my state follows their lead…Democrats are totally insane if they think we will allow them to take our guns. Never, ever going to happen.
    First, they de-fund police departments, then, they let violent felons out of prison (cause of covid, yeah right), then they open the border and allow terrorists and cartel criminals into our country, and now they try to take our only means of protecting ourselves from the criminals they are responsible for turning loose on us…have I mentioned today that Democrats are the most vile creatures on earth?

  13. You go Iowa!! I’m from Iowa and I support this 100%!!! and I don’t care if the left hates it!!!

  14. FBI Stats Show Knives Kill Far More People Than Rifles In America – It’s Not Even Close
    Shall we band knives and lets talk about cars…. Death toll over the top.
    Biden is a old fool and how he gets these people to drink the cool aid is beyond me.

  15. My dad told me women and children are only save in this world as long as men allow them to be or you can protect yourself so dad gave me a gun and taught me to use it safely when I started driving and I’ve carried it every since I’ve never had to use it and I’ve never pulled it on anyone but if it became necessary I can and will use it.

  16. I hope Greg Abbott ,the governor of Texas does the same . With all the illegals the democrats have relished on use we need the same thing ASAP How many more people will die because of the democrat fraud s that run our government before somebody will do something to stop them ?

  17. I wish every head of house should be required to own a hand gun. That would make everyone with criminal intent to think twice about committing a crime!!!!! They would know what is on the other side of that door waiting for them.

  18. Great, we are slowly losing our freedoms. The way our Gov. is currently moving sounds a good deal like Hitler’s Germany. Take away the guns, the churches, the teachers, the policemen, and make everyone depend upon us for the basic needs. They they can control our thoughts, our access to health care, our education systems, our incomes, or their free handouts, with the money of the working poor, as well as those who may better wages. I feel quite sure they protect their own health care, income and etc. I have lived 80 years and have never seen our country in worse condidition. May God have mercy on the United States of America.

  19. Exactly what every State in America should allow by our Constitutional rights. Live by the Constitution and we wouldn’t need a lot of police.

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