Iowa’s Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday locked in the Second Amendment rights of state residents by signing into law permitless carry. The move comes on the heels of the state legislature’s decision to approve permitless carry under the Republican-controlled state Senate.

This makes Iowa the 19th state to recognize permitless carry following the submission and acceptance of House File 756, largely passed along party lines.

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One more blue state turns red. (Image: NRA)

"Today, I signed legislation that protects the Second Amendment rights of Iowa’s law-abiding citizens while still preventing the sale of firearms to criminals and other dangerous individuals," said Reynolds in a statement.

The move reaffirms the “constitutional carry” rights of residents within the state. Though, it was staunchly opposed by the state Democratic leader Zach Wahls.

“Governor Reynolds has caved in to the most radical elements of her party.” Responded Wahls on Twitter, continuing, “Governor Reynolds had previously praised Iowa's permit and background check system for handguns. Today, she signed a bill that gives a blank check to private firearms sales to occur without a background check or permit.”

Despite his objections, the NICS background check system remains in place. The law goes into effect in July, and the only real change to firearms policy in Iowa is that residents no longer need to jump through additional state regulations to lawfully carry a firearm they are already legally allowed to own. 

Functionally, the law removes the demand that law-abiding citizens first prove they are not guilty of having committed a crime before they can exercise their constitutional right to self-defense … “presumption of innocence” being a tenant of American democracy. 

Regardless of the objections, Iowa now joins the constitutional ranks of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming, with Tennessee seeming hot on their heels to make it a solid 20 states. 

Banner photo: America’s gun, the 1911, by Paul Peterson

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