Iowa Poll: Two-thirds oppose permitless handgun carry law; most support pro-gun constitutional …


From Des Moines Register and Mediacom:

Two-thirds of Iowans oppose a new state law allowing adults to purchase and carry handguns without a permit, a Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the law earlier this year goes into effect July 1.    The law will make it optional for 21+ adults to get permits before buying or carrying handgun throughout the state.

The poll found that less than a third of Iowans (30%) favor the measure while two-thirds (67%) oppose it and 3% are not sure.

Various respondents commented on their opinions on the new law.

Jordan Challis, a 23-year-old Republican poll respondent from Marion, said he doesn’t see the need for people to get a permit to carry a handgun because they’re already subject to other screening procedures, like background checks. Mark Ungerer, a Republican poll respondent who lives on an acreage near Hawkeye, opposes the law because it means people will be able to obtain handguns without any training.

Under current law, Iowans must pass a background check to obtain a permit to carry or acquire a handgun before they can legally buy one in a private sale. When the new law takes effect, Iowans won’t need to show a permit to buy a gun in a private sale.

About this poll

The Iowa Poll, conducted June 13-16, 2021, for the Des Moines Register and Mediacom by Selzer & Co. of Des Moines, is based on telephone interviews with 807 Iowans ages 18 or older. Interviewers with Quantel Research contacted households with randomly selected landline and cell phone numbers supplied by Dynata. Interviews were administered in English. Responses were adjusted by age, sex and congressional district to reflect the general population based on recent American Community Survey estimates.  

Questions based on the sample of 807 Iowa adults have a maximum margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Questions based on the subsample of 630 likely voters in the 2022 midterm election have a maximum margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points. This means that if this survey were repeated using the same questions and the same methodology, 19 times out of 20, the findings would not vary from the true population value by more than plus or minus 3.5 percentage points or 3.9 percentage points, respectively. Results based on smaller samples of respondents — such as by gender or age — have a larger margin of error.  

Republishing the copyright Iowa Poll without credit to the Des Moines Register and Mediacom is prohibited. 

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