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Reynolds signs gun bill easing background checks, permits

Published: Apr. 2, 2021 at 4:01 PM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a bill that will make handgun carry permits and background checks on unlicensed sales optional in Iowa.

As of July 1, people will be able to buy handguns from private, non-licensed sources such as websites, gun shows, and individuals without a permit or background check. People also will be able to carry a gun into public places such as grocery stores and malls without prior safety training or a permit.

The bill Reynolds signed Friday passed the House and Senate with support from only one Democrat. Most Democrats called the measure a dangerous reversal of commonsense safety measures.

Republicans insist it recognizes that keeping and bearing arms is a fundamental right for law-abiding citizens.

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