STATEMENT REGARDING HF 2502
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: James Simmons
March For Our Lives Iowa condemns the passage of House File 2502 (HF2502). The firearm preemption bill, first passed in the House of Representatives in March, and this week in the Senate, will soon go to Governor Reynold’s for her signature.
HF2502 is a dangerous piece of legislation that will prevent local officials from introducing any gun related bills that would be stricter than the state sees fit. Additionally, the legislation further hinders the ability of local officials to keep guns and other weapons off property owned by the government, spaces members of the public routinely need to visit. The bill will also prevent ordinances that mandate responsible gun ownership, allowing needless modification of guns, putting Iowans at a greater risk.
Senator Zach Wahls (District 37) proposed an amendment to the bill that would require police officers to be more extensively trained in de-escalation techniques, in an attempt to limit the number of dangerous encounters with the police that would require the discharge of a firearm. As Iowans, Americans, and people across the globe are fighting for racial equality, it is important to recognize instances involving police officers using excessive force, oftentimes involving a gun, and gun violence as a whole, disproportionately endanger specific demographics. March For Our Lives Iowa is in full support of the proposed amendment and stands with communities of color. Unfortunately, the senate blocked a vote on the addition and sent the original version of the bill to the Governor where it is expected to be signed into law.
The passage of HF2502 is a big step backwards in the fight against gun violence. March For Our Lives Iowa is extremely disheartened at the legislature’s senseless disregard for public safety. The passage of this bill reminds us to stay vigilant in our pursuit of common sense gun legislation for a safer tomorrow.