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.