One of the collateral consequences to a drug conviction is the prohibition against possessing a firearm or ammunition. Even if the charge does not involve a firearm. Did you know that Iowa law tracks federal law when it comes to marijuana and firearms? A drug conviction within the past 365 days will trigger the prohibition. […]
If you are considering adding a vertical fore grip to a handgun, then you should consult GRL Law first. A “handgun” under federal law is designed to be held and fired with one hand. If you add a fore grip to it, then it is no longer designed to be held and fired by using […]
If you are involved in a self-defense shooting, then you should do the following (courtesy of the USCCA): Call 911. Tell the operator you were attacked, feared for your life and had to defend yourself. Then request both police and an ambulance respond to your location. If you are a member of the USCCA, then […]
Did you know that Iowa is one of only six states that does not guarantee a constitutional right to firearms? That is about to change. A legislatively referred constitutional amendment on the ballot next year will add Section 1A to Article 1 of the state’s Constitution: The right of the people to keep and bear […]
The United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) recently named GRL Law’s Colin Murphy to its Critical Response Team for the State of Iowa. The USCCA is the nation’s premier organization for firearm education and training. One of the most valuable benefits of membership is self-defense liability insurance for law abiding gun owners who are involved […]
While recent changes to Iowa’s gun laws have been trumpeted and described at times as Constitutional Carry, this is simply not the case. A closer look into the newly enacted legislation exposes a number of new traps that could catch the unaware citizen. Under Iowa’s new gun laws, a person is prohibited from CARRYING (having […]
WARNING – These new laws do NOT go into effect until July 1, 2021. Effective July 1, 2021, Iowa’s gun laws will change significantly following Governor Reynold’s approving House File 756, an Act Relating to the Acquisition and Possession of Weapons and Providing Penalties. How these new changes will interact with federal requirements is yet […]
Adel, Dallas County, Iowa. GRL Law succeeding in getting a Carrying Weapons Charge reduced to a simple misdemeanor offense titled Manner of Conveyance. This was an important accomplishment as even a conviction for an aggravated misdemeanor offense in Iowa can arguably disqualify and individual from possessing and/or carrying firearms in the future.
On July 24, 2020 Governor Reynolds continued the Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for the State of Iowa that extends until August 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Specifically, the Proclamation temporarily suspends the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code sections 724.6, 724.7 and 724.20 regarding professional and nonprofessional permits to carry firearms. This means that if you […]
There has been a lot of talk from legislators and Governor Kim Reynolds this year about establishing a procedure for automatically restoring a felon’s voting rights after the person discharges their sentence and pays their debt to society.