Iowa considers allowing guns in schools, courts

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(WHO) Iowa lawmakers are looking at a bill that would expand the list of places licensed residents are allowed to carry weapons.

The Family Defense Act would allow people with concealed carry permits to bring their guns onto school grounds, into business parking lots and in Iowa courthouses.

Moms Demand Action is trying to convince lawmakers the measure is not a good idea and would actually make some Iowans feel less safe.

“Being able to have a concealed weapon on school property, on school grounds, at court houses and places of business, those are places we all gather and go and we’d just feel less safe with the opportunity to have unlimited, unrestricted access to be able to conceal and carry in those places,” Moms Demand Action volunteer Traci Kennedy said.

The current law requires people with concealed carry licenses to unload and secure their weapon in the trunk of their vehicle before entering school property.

“This is a lot of unnecessary manipulation of a weapon, and for what reason?” said Richard Rogers, member of the Iowa Firearms Coalition Board of Directors. “We call it the Family Defense Act. You shouldn’t be deprived of the ability to defend yourself, your family and others in the area just because of an arbitrary boundary.”

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