A bill making sweeping changes to Iowa's firearms laws cleared its final legislative hurdle last week and is headed to Gov. Terry Branstad for final approval.
“Iowans deserve their freedoms back. They deserve their liberties back," said the bill's author, Rep. Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley told the Des Moines Register.
"And while this is not everything that me, personally, would like to see advanced here today, it is the most monumental piece of Second Amendment legislation this state has ever seen."
The bill allows children to use handguns under adult supervision. It also changes “stand your ground laws," stating a law-abiding person does not have a duty to retreat from “any place where the person is lawfully present” before defending themselves with deadly force.
The measure creates an avenue for Iowa state residents to sue cities or counties that enact gun-free zones. It legalizes short-barreled rifles and shotguns, and allows permit-holders to carry handguns in the Capitol.
Democrats voiced a wide range of concerns and argued that many of the changes will make Iowans less safe.
The House on Thursday voted to send the measure to Gov. Terry Branstad on a vote of 57 to 36.
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