To the editor:
I am writing to express concern about Senate File Bill 535, which allows “permitless carry” for Iowans.
This letter is not about opposition to Second Amendment rights. This legislation is falling under the guise of everyone will be more secure, if everyone who wants a gun will have a gun. This legislation is supported by the National Rifle Association and serves to aid the gun manufacturers to sell more guns.
I recently attended a class to obtain a permit to carry and learned many safety features regarding the handling of a gun — secure storing of the guns and bullets, safely loading and then actually going on the range and shooting — many things that I did not know.
Under this legislation, a gun may be purchased from a private seller, thus avoiding the federal background check. Numerous safeguards are being eliminated, and persons such as felons, domestic abusers or persons suffering from mental illnesses will be given access to handguns. This legislation compromises safety.
It is not too late to stop this legislation. While it passed the funnel date of March 5 by coming out of committee in both chambers, the legislation has not been debated and passed out of the House. Please contact your House Representative if this bill is causing you the anxiety that it is causing me.