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Bill Would Get Rid Of ‘Gun Free’ Zones In Public Buildings

Des Moines, Iowa — (RI) — A bill introduced in the Iowa House would forbid most Iowa school districts, cities and counties from banning guns in public buildings. Gun bans could only be enforced in public buildings that screen the public at entry points and have armed security officers inside.

Representative Steven Holt, a Republican from Denison, is a key advocate for the bill.

A gun ban makes a public place a “shooting gallery” according to Holt.

Scott Peterson, interim executive director of Iowans for Gun Safety, says it takes training to assess an active shooter situation.

Seventeen-year-old Ellie Miglin, a student at Des Moines Roosevelt High School, says because of school shootings, her generation supports enhancing rather than relaxing gun regulations.

Miglin and Peterson spoke at a statehouse event arranged by the “We Can End Gun Violence Iowa Coalition.”

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