DES MOINES (WHO) — Iowa State lawmakers are considering a bill which would allow people with concealed carry permits to bring their guns onto school grounds, into business parking lots and Iowa courthouses.
If it becomes law, licensed carriers would no longer have to unload their weapon and secure it in the trunk when they enter school property, when picking up or dropping off children, but guns still could be prohibited in school buildings.
The law also would prevent employers from prohibiting firearms that are in employees locked personal cars, but they would still be able to prohibit guns in the workplace.
The group, “Moms Demand Action,” is trying to convince lawmakers it’s a bad idea.
“Being able to have a concealed weapon on school property, on school grounds, at court houses and places of business like those, are places we all gather and go and feel less safe with the opportunity to have unlimited unrestricted access to be able to conceal and carry in those places,” said Traci Kennedy, Volunteer, Moms Demand Action Iowa.
“This is a lot of unnecessary manipulation of a weapon and for what reason we call it the family defense act, you should not be deprived of the ability to defend yourself your family and others in the area just because of an arbitrary boundary,” said Richard Rogers, Iowa Firearms Coalition.
The bill is out of committee and is on its way to the House floor for debate.