Iowa legislators pass major gun legislation

Matthew Rezab

The Iowa House passed legislation with no debate Tuesday that would make major changes to the state’s gun laws. All Republicans and a number of Democrats voted in favor of House Bill 201, bringing the final count to 75–24. 

Under the new legislation, the names of those who hold permits to carry guns and purchase some weapons would no longer be open to the public. Law enforcement would still have access to the information.

The bill would also allow Iowans to purchase gun suppressors, which advocates say is a hearing safety issue. Currently, an individual in possession of a suppressor may be charged with a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Other provisions in the law would allow children younger than 14 to possess handguns with adult supervision and allow persons with a professional permit to carry a weapon on school grounds.

Handgun safety training courses could now be completed online and the process of administering gun permits would be streamlined.

The bill must be passed by the Senate and signed into law by Gov. Branstad before it becomes law.