Yesterday, April 6, Governor Terry Branstad (R) signed House File 2283, the ATV/Snowmobile Carry bill. This is the second pro-gun bill Governor Branstad has signed in the past week. HF 2283 passed the House with a 78-20 vote and the Senate with a 46-4 vote. HF 2283 will go into effect immediately.
Current law prohibits any Iowan from carrying a firearm while riding an ATV or snowmobile. If an individual can lawfully own and possess a firearm, they should not have restrictions placed on their ability to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense outside of their home or in a recreational vehicle. HF 2283 would recognize law-abiding individuals’ right to self-defense by allowing citizens to carry a firearm while riding in an ATV or snowmobile.
The Senate amended HF 2283 to include a provision that would require individuals who are carrying and riding an ATV or snowmobile to use a retention holster to ensure that the firearm is secure while the vehicle is in use. This amendment was necessary to warrant the bills advancement through the Iowa Legislature.
Your NRA-ILA would like to thank Representatives Matt Windschitl and Brian Best for their leadership in the Iowa House of Representatives and Senator Dick Dearden for his management in the Senate. Also, your NRA-ILA would like to thank Governor Branstad for once again standing with law-abiding gun owners throughout Iowa and signing this common sense reform.