Iowa Democrats are aiming to take control of the Iowa House. Republicans currently hold a 53-47 advantage in the chamber, but control of the House will be decided in the November election.
The Iowa Standard is going to highlight some of the legislation that has been proposed by Iowa House Democrats in an effort to give an idea of what would come should Democrats take control of the House.
Rep. Bruce Hunter (D-Des Moines) introduced House File 17. Currently, the lawful carrying, transporting or possessing of any pistol or revolver in the Capitol and on Capitol grounds by a person who possesses a valid permit to carry weapons is not prohibited.
Hunter wants to change that.
Hunter wants to make it illegal for anyone other than a peace officer to carry, transport or possess a firearm of any kind in the Capitol building or on Capitol grounds.
The punishment would be confinement of no more than 30 days or a fine of at least $65 but not more than $625 or by both.
Iowans have been legally able to bring a concealed handgun into the Capitol since 2017. Despite controversial bills and highly emotional debates, there have not been any known instances of the law being abused.