On Friday, Governor Kim Reynolds signed constitutional carry into law in the state of Iowa. The new law removes the requirement for Iowa residents to acquire a concealed carry permit and the loosening of other state restrictions.

As of July 1st, you will be able to conceal carry within the state of Iowa without needing to acquire a permit. It will also allow for the option to privately sell a firearm without the need of a background check. Residents must do their due diligence to make sure a firearm is not sold to a felony, which is a crime that faces serious jail time if found to be true.

In a statement Gov. Kim Reynolds said the bill protects second amendment rights of law abiding citizens in Iowa.

“We will never be able to outlaw or prevent every single bad actor from getting a gun, but what we can do is ensure law-abiding citizens have full access to their constitutional rights while keeping Iowans safe,” she said.

Democrats in Iowa opposed the bill, calling it dangerous reversal of common sense gun laws and safety measures that helped keep Iowa residents safe.

“By caving to the gun lobby and extremists in the legislature, Gov. Reynolds has failed her constituents and made clear that she stands with the gun lobby over public safety,” said Erica Fletcher, a volunteer with Iowa Moms Demand Action, a gun safety advocacy group. “We’ve seen what happens when states weaken their gun laws, gun violence goes up and people die.”

Iowa becomes the 19th state to adopt constitutional carry laws in the past few years. Recently, Utah passed constitutional carry laws in their state that take effect May 15th, 2021.

What do you think of constitutional carry laws? Do you think we should have national reciprocity on gun laws? Let us know in the comments below.

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