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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.

281 In an average year, 281 people die by guns in Iowa.
13x In Iowa, Black people are 13 times more likely than white people to die by gun homicide, compared to 10 times nationwide.
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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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