I mentioned two weeks ago the failed efforts in Wyoming’s House to tighten restrictions on the carrying of firearms into courthouses. This week, it appears to be Iowa’s turn.
HB 2361 is primarily focused on prohibiting localities from enacting gun laws tougher than the state’s. Specifically, it declares the regulation of firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition to be the exclusive domain of the state.
HB 2361 does however carve several exceptions to this general rule. One in particular provides “this section [declaring regulation of firearms exclusively the state's] shall not be construed to prevent…A governing board for a city hall, courthouse, or public hospital from adopting and enforcing rules regulating or prohibiting persons from carrying or possessing firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition in the buildings or on the grounds of the city hall, courthouse, or public hospital.” (emphasis added)
The same day (February 23) HB 2361 was filed an amendment (H8030) was filed as well that would delete this exception.
On March 2, another amendment (H8078) was introduced. This would strike the entire bill and replace it with two provisions. The first amends the existing statutory prohibition on carrying of firearms in schools and extend it to “courthouse buildings”. The second changes the phrasing of the power of a political subdivison to “regulate” gun ownership/carrying/possession.