Senate File 218 - Introduced SENATE FILE 218 BY COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY (SUCCESSOR TO SF 87) A BILL FOR An Act relating to carrying weapons on school grounds by a 1 certified peace officer or a reserve peace officer. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 1106SV (1) 87 jm/rh/rj
S.F. 218 Section 1. Section 724.2A, Code 2017, is amended to read as 1 follows: 2 724.2A Peace officer defined and reserve peace officer —— 3 defined . 4 As used in sections 724.4, 724.6 , and 724.11 regarding 5 obtaining or renewing a permit for the carrying of weapons , 6 “peace officer” means a certified “peace officer” and includes a 7 reserve peace officer as defined in section 80D.1A . 8 Sec. 2. Section 724.4, subsection 4, paragraph b, Code 2017, 9 is amended to read as follows: 10 b. A peace officer, when the officer’s duties require the 11 person to carry such weapons , or as provided in section 724.6 . 12 Sec. 3. Section 724.6, subsection 1, Code 2017, is amended 13 to read as follows: 14 1. a. A person may be issued a permit to carry weapons when 15 the person’s employment in a private investigation business 16 or private security business licensed under chapter 80A , or a 17 person’s employment as a peace officer, correctional officer, 18 security guard, bank messenger or other person transporting 19 property of a value requiring security, or in police work, 20 reasonably justifies that person going armed. 21 b. The permit shall be on a form prescribed and published 22 by the commissioner of public safety, shall identify the 23 holder, and shall state the nature of the employment requiring 24 the holder to go armed. A permit so issued, other than to 25 a peace officer, shall authorize the person to whom it is 26 issued to go armed anywhere in the state, only while engaged 27 in the employment, and while going to and from the place of the 28 employment. 29 c. A permit issued to a certified peace officer shall 30 authorize that peace officer to go armed anywhere in the state 31 at all times , including on the grounds of a school . 32 d. Permits shall expire twelve months after the date 33 when issued except that permits issued to peace officers and 34 correctional officers are valid through the officer’s period of 35 -1- LSB 1106SV (1) 87 jm/rh/rj 1/ 2
S.F. 218 employment unless otherwise canceled. When the employment is 1 terminated, the holder of the permit shall surrender it to the 2 issuing officer for cancellation. 3 EXPLANATION 4 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 5 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 6 This bill relates to carrying weapons on school grounds by a 7 certified peace officer or a reserve peace officer. 8 The bill provides that a certified peace officer or reserve 9 peace officer does not commit the criminal violation of 10 unlawfully carrying weapons on school grounds in violation of 11 Code section 724.4B, if the officer possesses such a weapon and 12 possesses a professional permit to carry weapons, even if the 13 officer’s duties do not require the officer to carry such a 14 weapon. 15 Current law specifies that a peace officer, while acting 16 within the official duties of the officer, may possess a weapon 17 on school grounds. 18 A person who commits the offense of unlawfully carrying 19 weapons on school grounds commits a class “D” felony. A class 20 “D” felony is punishable by confinement for no more than five 21 years and a fine of at least $750 but not more than $7,500. 22 -2- LSB 1106SV (1) 87 jm/rh/rj 2/ 2