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Iowa GOP lawmakers hold off gun bill after Florida shooting

February 15, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Iowa say they’re not advancing a bill that would have reduced gun permit requirements in the state in part because of a deadly school shooting in Florida.

The Senate judiciary committee agreed Thursday not to vote on a bill that would have repealed a requirement in Iowa to have a permit to acquire a weapon. It also would have made it voluntary to have a permit to carry a weapon.

Sen. Brad Zaun, an Urbandale Republican, says the bill’s provisions are not related to the circumstances surrounding Wednesday’s shooting in Parkland, Florida, where a teenager is accused of using a semi-automatic rifle to kill 17 people. But Zaun says the timing of the shooting, plus a lack of support from some other Republicans, complicated the bill’s chances.

A spokeswoman for GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds says the governor supported keeping the current permit requirements.

The bill will not advance because of a legislative deadline this week.

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