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Iowa has some of the weakest gun laws in the country. The state has no law requiring background checks on unlicensed gun sales, and its laws keeping guns away from domestic abusers are incomplete. Iowa is also a Stand Your Ground state, meaning there is no duty to retreat before using lethal force in public.

302 In an average year, 302 people die by guns in Iowa. More at EveryStat.
#33 in the country for Gun Law Strength. See why.

To become a safer state, Iowa can enact a law requiring background checks on all gun sales, enact an Extreme Risk law, and repeal its dangerous Stand Your Ground law.

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