Defending against harmful legislation backed by the gun lobby
Giffords opposed the passage of a new Iowa law that creates a “stand your ground” law, weakens the safety training requirement for concealed carry permits, and extends the duration of a permit to acquire handguns to five years. This extreme and dangerous omnibus legislation also allows concealed carry in the state capitol building and grounds, intoxicated people to carry firearms at their place of business or on their own property, and supervised children under 14 to possess firearms. Giffords previously worked with legislators and other stakeholders in 2015 to successfully defeat a measure that would have made the permit-to-purchase license option for people buying handguns.
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