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Iowa’s lawmakers recently repealed key gun safety measures, and must do much more to close loopholes and keep guns from being used irresponsibly. 

In 2021, the Iowa legislature took the dangerous step of adopting “permitless carry” and repealing a longstanding state law requiring handgun background checks. The legislature also authorized a ballot measure that invites an onslaught of litigation over basic gun safety laws, including prohibitions for those convicted of felony or domestic violence offenses. In 2019, Iowa had the ninth-lowest gun death rate in the country and exported crime guns at lower than the national rate. To ensure that Iowa’s gun death rate does not rise significantly, the legislature should reinstate basic gun safety measures like concealed carry permits and permits to acquire.

What Iowa Does Well

  • Certain domestic violence gun laws
  • Child access prevention laws
  • Certain disarming procedures

What Iowa Is Missing

  • Universal background checks
  • Extreme risk protection orders
  • Assault weapon restrictions
  • Large capacity magazine ban
  • Concealed carry permitting law
  • Lost & stolen firearm reporting
  • Local authority to regulate firearms
  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions
  • Firearms licensing


We’re in this together. To build a safer America—one where children and parents in every neighborhood can learn, play, work, and worship without fear of gun violence—we need you standing beside us in this fight.