Iowa Gun Confidentiality Protection Ready for Final House Vote

Posted on March 13, 2013

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An NRA-backed bill prohibiting the publication of the names and addresses of individuals possessing permits to acquire and carry firearms has been cleared for final approval in the state House of Representatives.  Introduced by state Representative Matt Windschitl (R-17) originally as House File 81, this privacy protection legislation passed unanimously in the House Judiciary Committee by a 20-0 vote last week.  It is now eligible to be considered on the state House floor as House File 535 and will be up for floor debate as early as this coming Monday, March 18.

In other parts of the country, anti-gun media outlets abused their privileges under the Freedom of Information Act and have jeopardized the safety of law-abiding citizens by publishing the names and addresses of registered gun owners.  Contrary to their claims, these media elites have not increased public safety and have instead simply provided a map for criminals to use for their next burglary and firearm theft.  HF 535 would prevent this from happening in Iowa, and would also crack down on straw purchasers and other people who knowingly attempt to illegally or fraudulently purchase firearms.

Please contact your state Representative TODAY and urge him or her to support HF 535.

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Further Reading

  • Iowa: Expansive Gun Control Bill Introduced

    This week, long-time anti-gun state Senator Jack Hatch (D-17) introduced Senate File 233 seeking to criminalize the private transfer of firearms.  SF 233 would make it a crime for a private individual to transfer his or her legally-owned firearm without going through a federal firearm licensed dealer (FFL) to conduct a background check on the transferee.  Exceptions are made only for “immediate family members” and individuals possessing permits to acquire or carry.  The provisions would apply to all gun sales, gifts, loans, rentals or trades between friends, neighbors, co-workers or more-distant relatives.  These restrictions would also apply to temporary transfers during hunting or target practice.  SF 233 has been assigned to the Senate Committee on Education although a hearing date has not been scheduled at this time.
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