U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- On June third, the first day the Iowa legislature re-convened after the Wuhan Flu shutdown, the Iowa Senate passed a comprehensive gun law reform bill that restricts political subdivisions of Iowa government from infringing on Second Amendment rights. HF 2502 passed 32-17. There are 34 Republicans in the Iowa Senate.
Second Amendment supporters have been attempting to pass the bill for several years.
HF 2502 had passed in the Iowa House on 27 February 2020, on a 52 to 44 vote, with 4 members not voting. There are 56 Republicans and 44 Democrats in the Iowa House. The bill was earlier reported on as HSB 615.
There are six main components of HF 2502:
First: Current and future shooting ranges are protected against local governments. Ranges or range improvements may not be singled out for special treatment. Only the same zoning restrictions that are applied other uses, may be applied to ranges. Range specific restrictions are limited to those specified in state law.
Second: Protections for the modification of firearms, firearm attachments, and other weapons, have been added to the state preemption law.. Any such local ordinance, enacted after 5 April, 1990, shall be void.
Third: H.F. 2502 empowers those adversely affected after 1 July, 2020, by such local ordinances, to file suit for damages, attorney fees and court costs. From iowa.gov (bold added):
3. If a political subdivision of the state, prior to, on, or after July 1, 2020, adopts, makes, enacts, or amends any ordinance, measure, enactment, rule, resolution, motion, or policy regulating the ownership, possession, legal transfer, lawful transportation, modification, registration, or licensing of firearms , firearms attachments, or other weapons when the ownership, possession, transfer, transportation, modification, registration, or license licensing of firearms, firearms attachments, or other weapons is otherwise lawful under the laws of this state, a person adversely affected by the ordinance, measure, enactment, rule, resolution, motion, or policy may file suit in the appropriate court for declaratory and injunctive relief and all damages attributable to the violation. A court shall also award the prevailing party in any such lawsuit reasonable attorney fees and court costs.
Fourth: Political subdivisions may not create gun-free zones in buildings or physical structures unless people entering are screened for weapons and armed security is available inside the building or structure.
Fifth: Political subdivisions of the state may not restrict the storage of weapons or ammunition, except for the storage of explosive material consistent with chapter 101A of state law.
Sixth: The law makes a ban on guns, by the judicial branch, unenforceable unless the ban is for facilities used solely for judicial branch functions.
These changes are in response to various infringements on Second Amendment rights enacted or threatened by political subdivisions of the State of Iowa, and by the State Judicial branch.
The state of Iowa has had a strong preemption law in place for thirty years. The changes in the law reinforce the will of the state government to protect Second Amendment rights and to enforce uniformity of firearms law across the state.
HF 2502 has been sent to Governor Kim Reynolds (R). Governor Reynolds is the first woman governor of Iowa. She is said to favor restoring Second Amendment rights.
About Dean Weingarten:
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.