House File 535, an NRA-backed bill prohibiting the publication of the names and addresses of individuals possessing permits to acquire and carry firearms, was sent to the state House floor for final approval last week. HF 535 passed by an overwhelming 95 to 3 vote today. Introduced originally as House File 81 by state Representative Matt Windschitl (R-17), this privacy protection legislation passed unanimously in the House Judiciary Committee by a 20-0 vote last week. It will now be sent to the state Senate, where it will be assigned to a committee.
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 Senator TODAY and urge him or her to support HF 535.