US states ease gun restrictions despite worsening gun violence
Web Editor:International Daily
As gun violence in the United States continues to worsen and the number of gun victims rises, some key states including Iowa are relaxing gun control measures.
According to a report by ABC News on Wednesday, a bill to relax gun control in the state of Iowa will go into effect on Thursday. In addition, many states are about to take measures to relax gun control.
The bill comes a time when shootings in Iowa have surged, with a total of 353 people killed in shootings, of which 85 died from murder, according to state data released Tuesday. The figure has increased by 23 percent over 2019, and the number of victims has jumped by 80 percent.
Under the new bill, residents in Iowa will no longer need a permit to buy guns. This will see residents allowed to freely carry guns without any permits in most places including the State House, and people who buy guns no longer need to participate in training courses on gun safety.
However, the bill is not popular in the region, with a poll showing that two-thirds of people oppose it.
Local gun research experts said that the relaxation of gun control measures in Iowa will encourage people to buy guns on impulse, which will make local gun violence issue worse.
In addition to Iowa, a bill to ease gun restrictions is set to take effect in Tennessee.