Mar 25, 2021 - Politics
Iowa governor considers bill to allow gun purchases without a permit
Guns for sale at a gun store in Iowa in 2016. Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds declined to say if she plans on signing a bill that would allow Iowans to buy and carry concealed handguns without a permit.

"We'll do a thorough evaluation as I always have," Reynolds said during her press conference Wednesday.

The state of play: Potential gun owners must pass a background check before obtaining a permit through their county sheriff's office, according to Iowa Public Radio.

  • By making permits optional, the bill removes mandated background checks for private gun sales.
  • But the bill creates a new felony charge: You can't sell a gun to someone you know wouldn’t pass a background check, Republicans argue.

The other side: Democrats have rejected that argument, however, saying the bill creates a loophole in background checks, since an unlicensed seller could easily argue they didn't know a buyer's criminal history.

What's next: Reynolds said she's waiting to receive the final draft of the bill before deciding to sign or veto it.

This story first appeared in the Axios Des Moines newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

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