This page is intended to serve as a central hub for all things Second Amendment related during Iowa’s 2015 Legislative Session. Below is a list of bills that would protect and enhance our Second Amendment rights, as well as a list of bills we believe would further infringe on Iowan’s right to keep and bear arms.

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Pro Second Amendment Bills

HF45 – Emergency powers

Sponsor: Rep. Matt Windschitl
Status: Active
Assigned to: House Judiciary Sub-committee – Matt W. Windschitl, Marti Anderson, Megan Jones

This bill would prohibit the confiscation of firearms, ammunition, and other Second Amendment rights during a “disaster emergency proclamation” or “public disorder” declared by the governor, or any other state official, or any community within the State of Iowa. In essence this bill would keep Hurricane Katrina style confiscation of firearms from happening in Iowa.

More specifically, during times of emergency it would keep government officials from: prohibiting, regulating, or curtailing the lawful use of firearms, or ammunition. They also could not suspend or revoke concealed carry permits or permits to acquire. The also could not seize or confiscate legally owned firearms or ammunition.

Under this bill government officials could not force a gun shop to close down, or limit their operating hours, while other businesses in the area are allowed to remain open. Gun shops could be closed down only if all businesses the area are also shut down.

If a person’s Second Amendment Rights are unlawfully violated during times of emergency under this bill that person is allowed pursue legal action to get their firearm and ammunition back. The government that unlawfully confiscated the firearm or ammunition would also be responsible for the victim’s court costs and attorney’s fees.

HF59 – Preemption cleanup bill

Sponsor: Rep. Matt Windschitl
Status: Active
Assigned to: House Judiciary Subcommittee – Matt Windschitl, Rick Olson, Ken Rizer

This bill amends Iowa Code 724.28 which says local municipalities and governing bodies shall not supersede state firearms law. Under this bill a local government cannot claim to be “acting in good faith,” or “upon the advice of counsel” while banning guns, ammunition and other Second Amendment rights. These types of claims would not be considered a viable defense. In short, HF59 would require local governments to know state law before making any attempt to restrict the Second Amendment rights of anyone within their jurisdictions.

If a local government is found to have knowingly and willfully restricted the Second Amendment rights of lawful citizens a fine of up to $5,000 may be levied. Under this bill if any person acting in an official capacity knowingly and willfully infringes on a lawful person’s Second Amendment rights, that violation shall also be cause for that person’s termination or removal.

If HF59 is signed into law it would also void any law, rule, ordinance, etc., already in place that violates Iowa Code 724.28.

HF92 – Stand Your Ground

Co-sponsors: Reps. Greg Heartsill, Steven Holt, Stan Gustafson, John Wills, Clel Baudler, Sandy Salmon, Tedd Gassman, Dean Fisher, Norlin Mommsen, Matt Windschitl, Larry Sheets, Terry Baxter, Brian Best, John Kooiker, Ralph Watts, Rob Taylor, John Landon
Status: Active
Assigned to: House Judiciary Subcommittee – Matt Windschitl, Ken Rizer, Mary Wolfe

This legislation would remove a person’s “duty to retreat” from an attacker in any location.  This would allow law-abiding citizens to protect themselves or their family anywhere they are lawfully present.  This legislation would also expressly enhance the protections against criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits when justifiable force is used.

HF99 – Repeal the Youth Shooting Ban

Co-sponsors: Reps. Greg Heartsill, Stan Gustafson, Steven Holt, Clel Baudler, Sandy Salmon, Tedd Gassman,  Matt Windschitl, Dean Fisher, Jake Highfill, Norlin Mommsen, Larry Sheets, Brian Best, John Kooiker, Ralph Watts, Zach Nunn, John Landon
Status: Active
Assigned to: House Judiciary Committee

Currently anyone under the age of 14 is strictly prohibited from holding or shooting a handgun in Iowa — regardless of whether or not that minor is under parental supervision. HF99 would amend the state code to allow a person under 14 to lawfully shoot a handgun, with proper supervision, as long as their parent, guardian, or spouse who is 21 years of age or older has provided consent.

Anti-gun owner bills

HF70 – 10 round maximum on magazine capacity

Co-sponsors: Reps. Bruce Hunter, Marti Anderson, Ako Abdul-Samad, Jo Oldson
Status: Active
Assigned to: House Judiciary Committee

This bill would make it illegal to buy, sell, or trade any magazine that held over ten rounds of ammunition. Under this bill anyone caught transferring magazines with a capacity over 10 rounds would be subject to a fine of up to $6,250.

HF76 – Barring transfer of all semi-automatic firearms

Co-sponsors: Reps. Bruce Hunter, Marti Anderson, Ako Abdul-Samad, Jo Oldson
Status: Active
Assigned to: House Judiciary Committee

This bill would make it a felony for anyone to buy, sell, trade or transfer a semi-automatic firearm in Iowa. Punishment would include up to 5 years confinement and up to a $7,500 fine for first time offenders. Repeat offenders would face up to 10 years confinement and a $10,000 fine.

HF77 – Universal background checks

Co-sponsors: Reps. Bruce Hunter, Marti Anderson, Ako Abdul-Samad, Mary Masher, Jo Oldson
Status: Active
Assigned to: House Judiciary Committee

Under this bill anyone selling or transferring a firearm must go through a FFL who is mandated to run a NICS background check, regardless of the relationship of the buyer and seller. Punishment would include up to 2 years confinement and a fine of up $6,250.

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