Clinton County Iowa Debating Gun Rules

Clinton County Iowa Debating Gun Rules
Clinton County Iowa Debating Gun Rules

Since the passage of Iowa’s shall-issue carry law, a number of municipalities have enacted or are considering enacting gun bans on their property.  Iowa residents are strongly encouraged to keep an eye on their city and county councils to watch out for this.  I also noticed in this particular article that Clinton County is waiting to get input from the Department of Homeland Security before they set a policy.

McKenrick was directed by the board to investigate the county’s security levels last December. Since a state law went into effect this year that makes it easier for Iowans to receive concealed carry permits, officials at the county and city level have been looking at designating public buildings as what some call “weapon-free zones.”

But that idea has met some resistance from those who support the right to carry a weapon.

“What you’re concerned about is a person with malicious intent,” Clinton resident Les Shields said to the board during the public comment portion of the meeting, “but your action is to take the firearms away from law-abiding citizens.”


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This is always an interesting topic and it goes to show you just how ignorant many of our local government officials are. There is a State statute that prohibits such ordnances:

724.28 Prohibition of regulation by political subdivisions.
A political subdivision of the state shall not enact an ordinance regulating the ownership,
possession, legal transfer, lawful transportation, registration, or licensing of firearms when the
ownership, possession, transfer, or transportation is otherwise lawful under the laws of this state.
An ordinance regulating firearms in violation of this section existing on or after April 5, 1990, is