Second Amendment Update

The Iowa House today passed House File 527, an omnibus bill containing several much-needed updates to Iowa’s law on firearms. This bill is the result of several weeks worth of work with the Senate and Iowa’s law enforcement community.

This bill is not intended to represent everything that we would like to accomplish on advancing second amendment rights. We still need to try and work out legislation on which we can reach consensus with the Senate and get enacted into law. 

Here are a few notable provisions of the bill:

Suppressors: Legalizes the possession and use of suppressors in Iowa. Creates a process for a chief law enforcement officer to sign off on the paper work a citizen needs to purchase a suppressor. This is a federal requirement and just one step in the process to obtain a suppressor.

Permit Privacy: Establishes permit privacy so the information you submit to obtain your permit will no longer be subject to public information requests. Personally identifiable information will only be able to be released to law enforcement when necessary in the course of their duties. This protects not only permit holders, but also none permit holders as it will prevent someone with criminal intentions from being able to readily identify who may or may not have a weapon.

Parental supervision of handgun use by minors: Repeals the law that bans parents from being able to teach their children under fourteen how to shoot a pistol or revolver. Under current law if a parent wants to teach their child to shoot a rifle or shotgun they can, but they cannot teach a child under fourteen how to use a pistol or revolver. This change will put the responsibility to make the decision of when a child should be taught firearm safety back where it belongs, in the parent’s hands.

Retraining: Creates a simplified method of obtaining retraining after this 10 year window by allowing the retraining to be a simple online course approved by the NRA or Department of Public Safety. It also allows for a person to shoot on a range for their qualification only if they so choose or to take a full course like they did for their first permit.

Veterans exemption: It specifically exempts veterans with small arms training from ever having to go through initial training or retraining if they can produce their military qualifications at the time of application.

Permit Privacy: Under this law, the information submitted to obtain your permit will no longer be subject to public information requests. Your personally identifiable information will only be able to be released to law enforcement when necessary in the course of their duties. This protects not only permit holders, but also none permit holders as it will prevent someone with criminal intentions from being able to readily identify who may or may not have a weapon.


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