Gun Safety

7 children are killed in the United States on an average day.

50 women in the United States are shot by an intimate partner in an average month.

96 people are killed in the United States on an average day.

13,000 homicides occur in the United States in an average year.

The United States gun homicide rate is more than 25 times the rate of other high-income countries.

3% of Americans own half of all guns in the United States.

25% of Americans own all guns in the United States.

There are 88 guns for every 100 people in the United States.

As long as Americans can legally purchase guns without a permit or license in some states, there is not a universal, systematic, accurate method of tracking guns or those who own guns.

I was proud to help amplify the voices of students in Iowa on March 24, 2018, by co-organizing the March for Our Lives – Des Moines. I stand with the students across the nation in their efforts to end gun violence in our communities. Their five-point plan is based in common-sense actions, and I support its recommendations.

The Second Amendment stands as the law of the land. No one is advocating taking all guns away from Iowans. However, common-sense gun laws must be enacted in Iowa with special attention to universal, comprehensive background checks for all gun sales.

Our children deserve to live in a world where they are not scared to go to school or play outside in the neighborhoods. Iowans deserve laws placing their safety first.

According to the Giffords Law Center, the State of Iowa:

  • Requires a permit to acquire a handgun, valid for five years, involving an initial background check and a three-day waiting period;
  • Requires the surrender of firearms by persons convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence offenses, and by persons subject to domestic violence protective orders (pursuant to a law enacted in 2010);
  • Requires the reporting of mentally ill individuals who are prohibited from possessing firearms to the database used for background checks; and
  • Imposes child access prevention requirements upon gun owners.

Also according to the Giffords Law Center, Iowa does not:

  • Require background checks to be regularly run on individuals with a valid five-year permit to acquire a handgun, although local law enforcement is authorized to do so on an annual basis;
  • Require a person who is purchasing a long gun from an unlicensed individual to undergo a background check;
  • Require firearms dealers to obtain a state license;
  • Require the registration of firearms;
  • Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
  • Prohibit the possession and transfer of assault weapons, large capacity ammunition magazines or 50 caliber rifles;
  • Require firearm owners to report the loss or theft of a firearm; or
  • Allow local governments in the state to regulate firearms.