The Daily Nonpareil,
April 18, 2017-
A provision within a package of gun-related proposals passed by the Iowa House and Senate (and then awaiting signature by Gov. Terry Branstad) threatens to undo positive security steps at the Woodbury County Courthouse. It states an Iowan can sue any city, county or township that passes a firearm ban if the individual believes he or she is adversely affected by it.
In our view, this piece of the legislature will have a chilling impact on approval of local gun bans and increase the potential for danger inside local public buildings, such as the Woodbury County Courthouse. “We have always been able to represent the courthouse as a safe place to victims and witnesses who are sometimes fearful about coming to testify in court,” Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden said in a March 15 story from The Journal’s Des Moines bureau.