DES MOINES, IOWA — If you’re like us, you’ve been watching the Iowa legislature as they plot a course to turn Iowa into a much more gun-friendly state. It’s a thing we always love to see and wanted to share with our reading audience. Last week, Iowa Governor Terry Barnstad signed House File 517 into law. It brings ‘Stand Your Ground’ defense language into law — which makes a concealed carrier’s job of defending himself and his family that much easier.
via FOX Business
Included in the measure is language that would mean a concealed carrier will no longer face heavy penalties if he leaves his permit at home. He still needs to produce it but if it’s not on him at the time of a law enforcement interaction, he doesn’t risk losing it or facing penalties associated with not having it on him.
Furthermore, the bill goes on to allow individual citizens to contest local laws that infringe on their Second Amendment rights.
That means a local town can no longer legally pass ordinances that create ‘gun free zones’ not already previously authorized by the state or federal level.
No more ‘small town’ politik getting in the way of a person’s right to defend himself. No more lengthy court examinations around someone clearly defending himself from a deadly threat.
We’ve been watching this law develop from its infancy because it could mean that law-abiding Iowans and gunowners are given more of the benefit of the doubt than they were before.
Stand Your Ground is essential language that should be in every state’s code. It means that so long as you’re legally where you’re supposed to be, you have every right to defend yourself from an imminent threat.
It shouldn’t matter if you’re in the middle of a grocery store or in your own front yard — your life is worth it and you shouldn’t have to turn and run from a real threat to your life.
Well, I always suggest taking cover, but that’s a separate matter.
It’s the beginning a new era where the citizen doesn’t have to fear what comes after the defensive gun use so long as he is justified in defending himself.
The biggest threat a concealed carrier should face is he ability to respond to an actual, imminent threat upon his life or his family’s life — not overly restrictive state law language.
This is a great day for Iowans and a reminder to all of them: if you’re not carrying concealed, you’re leaving your fate in the hands of the bad guys.
Carry every single day, everywhere you can.