Iowa: Pro-Second Amendment Legislation Headed to the Governor’s Office

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This week, House File 2586 and House File 2464 received final passage the House and will now be transmitted to the Governor Kim Reynold’s for her signature, joining House File 2556 that was passed last week. These bills show the Iowa legislature’s continued commitment to protecting our Second Amendment rights in the Hawkeye state. Please use the Take Action button below to contact Governor Kim Reynolds and urge her to sign HF 2586, HF 2464, and HF 2556!

House File 2556 enhances Iowa’s existing firearm preemption laws, which prohibits local jurisdictions from imposing any ordinance, motion, resolution, policy, or amendment that is inconsistent or more severe than state law. This uniformity helps protect citizens’ Second Amendment rights by preventing a patchwork of regulations. HF 2556 improves the existing law by providing an enforcement mechanism to help ensure compliance by assigning a monetary value to damages that occur as a result of violations. 

HF 2586 would provide school staff with the ability to carry on campus if they acquire a professional permit and receive additional training. This opportunity would be available to employees in participating school districts. Staff who obtain a permit to carry on campus and complete the necessary training requirements would be entitled to important legal protections. This would support school employees in cases where self-defense is used, and if the incident occurred on campus and during active school hours.

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HF 2464 provides critical privacy protections on financial data for those purchasing firearms, firearm parts, and ammunition by prohibiting the use of firearm/ammunition specific merchant category codes throughout the state. Additionally, HF 2464 provides remedies in cases where a financial institution violates provisions of the bill.

In the Fall of 2022, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) approved a Merchant Category Code (MCC) for firearm retailers. MCCs are used by payment processors (like Visa and Mastercard) and other financial services companies to categorize transactions. MCCs enable payment processors and banks to identify, monitor, and collect data on certain types of transactions. Before the ISO decision, firearm retailers fell under the MCC for sporting goods stores or miscellaneous retail. To read more about the threat gun owners are facing surrounding their financial data and the use of merchant category codes, click here. 

Stay tuned to your inbox and the NRA-ILA website for updates on your Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage in Iowa.

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