House File 654 - ReprintedA Bill ForAn Act 1relating to the carrying, transportation, and possession
2of and educational programs about weapons, and including
3effective date provisions.
4BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA:
1DIVISION I
2Firearms, ammunition, or dangerous weapons — DEPARTMENT
3OF CORRECTIONS and other detention facilities — publicly
4accessible PARKING LOTS
5   Section 1.  Section 719.7, subsection 3, paragraph a, Code
62023, is amended to read as follows:
   7a.  Knowingly introduces contraband into, or onto, the
8grounds of a secure facility for the detention or custody
9of juveniles, detention facility, jail, community-based
10correctional facility, correctional institution, or institution
11under the management of the department of corrections. This
12paragraph does not prohibit the otherwise lawful carrying,
13transportation, or possession of a firearm or ammunition if
14the firearm or ammunition remains out of sight and inside a
15locked vehicle on the real property comprising the publicly
16accessible, nonsecure parking lot of the facility, jail, or
17institution.

18   Sec. 2.  NEW SECTION.  724.4F  Dangerous weapons in publicly
19accessible parking lots.
   201.  A person may carry, transport, or possess a dangerous
21weapon in a privately owned motor vehicle on the real property
22comprising a publicly accessible, nonsecure parking lot that
23is operated by the state or a county, city, or township in the
24state if the carrying, transportation, or possession of the
25dangerous weapon is otherwise lawful under the laws of this
26state and if the dangerous weapon remains out of sight and
27inside a locked vehicle on the real property when the vehicle
28is unoccupied.
   292.  This section does not apply to a parking lot at a
30facility, including an armory, owned or operated by the
31national guard.
   323.  For purposes of this section, “facility” and “national
33guard”
mean the same as defined in section 29A.1.
34   Sec. 3.  EFFECTIVE DATE.  This division of this Act, being
35deemed of immediate importance, takes effect upon enactment.
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1DIVISION II
2FIREARMS IN VEHICLES TRANSPORTING FOSTER CHILDREN
3   Sec. 4.  Section 237.3, Code 2023, is amended by adding the
4following new subsection:
5   NEW SUBSECTION.  11.  Rules of the department shall not
6prohibit the otherwise lawful carrying, transportation, or
7possession of a firearm, regardless of whether the firearm is
8loaded, in motor vehicles used to transport a child in foster
9care.
10DIVISION III
11FIREARMS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY
12   Sec. 5.  NEW SECTION.  285.17  Weapons in school vehicles
13transporting pupils.
   14When transportation is provided pursuant to this chapter,
15a driver shall not permit firearms or other weapons, nor
16ammunition, to be carried in the passenger compartment of any
17school vehicle transporting pupils except when the school
18district or nonpublic school authorizes or directs a person
19to carry, transport, or possess a firearm, other weapon, or
20ammunition in the school vehicle.
21   Sec. 6.  Section 724.4B, subsection 2, Code 2023, is amended
22by adding the following new paragraphs:
23   NEW PARAGRAPH.  i.  A person, whether a driver or passenger
24and including a person authorized or directed pursuant to
25section 285.17, while the person is dropping off or picking
26up from a school a student, staff member, or other person
27having business at the school, or while the person is making
28a delivery or pickup at a school, who has in the person’s
29possession a valid permit to carry weapons issued pursuant
30to section 724.7, while going armed with, carrying, or
31transporting a concealed pistol or revolver if the concealed
32pistol or revolver remains in the vehicle and the vehicle
33remains on the portion of the grounds of the school that
34comprises its driveways and parking areas. The vehicle shall
35be locked when unattended.
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1   NEW PARAGRAPH.  j.  A person who can provide proof of
2satisfying the requirements of 18 U.S.C.§926C.
3   Sec. 7.  EFFECTIVE DATE.  This division of this Act, being
4deemed of immediate importance, takes effect upon enactment.
5DIVISION IV
6FIREARM SAFETY INSTRUCTION program in schools
7   Sec. 8.  Section 256.9, Code 2023, is amended by adding the
8following new subsection:
9   NEW SUBSECTION.  66.  a.  By July 1, 2024, develop and
10distribute to all school districts an age-appropriate model
11program for firearm safety instruction for pupils enrolled
12in kindergarten through grade twelve. The model program for
13pupils enrolled in kindergarten through grade six shall be
14based on the eddie eagle gunsafe program developed by the
15national rifle association. The model program for pupils
16enrolled in grades seven through twelve shall be based on
17the hunter education course developed by the national rifle
18association and, if adopted by a school district, would satisfy
19the school district’s responsibilities under section 279.50B.
   20b.  School districts are encouraged to implement the model
21program for pupils enrolled in kindergarten through grade six
22developed pursuant to paragraph “a”.
23   Sec. 9.  NEW SECTION.  279.50B  Firearm safety instruction.
   24Each public school district shall offer or make available
25an approved firearm safety instruction course to all students
26enrolled in grades seven through twelve residing in the school
27district or students enrolled in grades seven through twelve
28attending a nonpublic school in the district. An instructor
29for an approved firearm safety instruction course is not
30required to be a teacher licensed by the board of educational
31examiners. Courses may be offered at sites other than at the
32public school, including nonpublic school facilities within the
33public school districts. An approved course offered during the
34summer months, on Saturdays, after regular school hours during
35the regular terms or partly in one term or summer vacation
-3-1period and partly in the succeeding term or summer vacation
2period, as the case may be, shall satisfy the requirements of
3this section to the same extent as an approved course offered
4during the regular school hours of the school term.
5DIVISION V
6dangerous WEAPONS IN VEHICLES AT REGENTS UNIVERSITIES AND
7COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUSES
8   Sec. 10.  NEW SECTION.  260C.14B  Limitation on authority —
9dangerous weapons.
   10The board of directors of a community college shall comply
11with the requirements of section 724.8C regarding policies and
12rules relating to the carrying, transportation, or possession
13of dangerous weapons, as defined in section 702.7, in a
14personal vehicle on the grounds of the community college.
15   Sec. 11.  NEW SECTION.  262.9E  Limitation on authority —
16dangerous weapons.
   17The state board of regents shall comply with the
18requirements of section 724.8C regarding policies and rules
19relating to the carrying, transportation, or possession of
20dangerous weapons, as defined in section 702.7, in a personal
21vehicle on the grounds of a university under the control of the
22state board of regents.
23   Sec. 12.  NEW SECTION.  724.8C  Limitation on authority —
24dangerous weapons — public universities and community colleges.
   251.  The governing board of a university under the control
26of the state board of regents as provided in chapter 262
27or a community college under the jurisdiction of a board
28of directors for a merged area as provided in chapter 260C
29shall not adopt or enforce any policy or rule that prohibits
30the carrying, transportation, or possession of any dangerous
31weapon, as defined in section 702.7, in a locked, personal
32vehicle on the grounds of such a college or university if the
33dangerous weapon is not visible from outside of the vehicle
34and such carrying, transportation, or possession is not
35otherwise prohibited under this chapter. A governing board
-4-1of a university or community college shall be immune from
2any claim, cause of action, or lawsuit by a person seeking
3damages that are alleged, directly or indirectly, as a result
4of any concealed dangerous weapon brought onto the grounds of
5a university or college campus by a person pursuant to this
6section.
   72.  Subsection 1 does not apply to any of the following:
   8a.  A peace officer or other law enforcement officer who is
9required to carry weapons.
   10b.  A person specifically authorized in advance in writing
11by the president of the university or community college
12to possess, display, or use a weapon on the university or
13community college property for a limited purpose consistent
14with the university’s or community college’s mission. Such
15purposes include providing campus security, including armed
16security staff, and the use and storage of weapons as part
17of the university’s or community college’s criminal justice
18program or competitive sports shooting program sponsored by the
19university or community college.
   20c.  The possession and use of knives for the purpose of
21cooking in housing provided or sponsored by the university
22or college or in the university’s or college’s culinary arts
23program.
24DIVISION VI
25INSURANCE COVERAGE — firearms on school grounds
26   Sec. 13.  NEW SECTION.  515.80  Nondenial of property and
27casualty insurance — schools.
   281.  For purposes of this section, unless the context
29otherwise requires:
   30a.  “Authorized insurer” means an insurer authorized by
31the commissioner of insurance to write property and casualty
32insurance under a certificate of authority issued by the
33commissioner to transact insurance in this state.
   34b.  “School” means a public or nonpublic school as defined
35in section 280.2.
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   12.  No later than December 31, 2023, the commissioner of
2insurance shall adopt rules that prohibit an authorized insurer
3from denying property and casualty insurance to a school
4based solely on the presence of a person authorized under
5section 724.4B, subsection 2, going armed with, carrying, or
6transporting a firearm on the grounds of a school.
   73.  The rules adopted by the commissioner of insurance under
8subsection 2 shall apply to all authorized insurers that, on or
9after January 1, 2024, deliver, issue for delivery, continue,
10or renew a property and casualty contract in this state for a
11school.
12DIVISION VII
13guns IN VEHICLES ON PUBLIC HIGHWAYS
14   Sec. 14.  Section 805.8B, subsection 3, paragraph q, Code
152023, is amended by striking the paragraph.
16   Sec. 15.  REPEAL.  Section 483A.36, Code 2023, is repealed.
17   Sec. 16.  EFFECTIVE DATE.  This division of this Act, being
18deemed of immediate importance, takes effect upon enactment.
19DIVISION VIII
20CARRYING FIREARMS ON SNOWMOBILES AND ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES
21   Sec. 17.  Section 321G.13, subsection 2, Code 2023, is
22amended to read as follows:
   232.  a.  A person shall not operate or ride a snowmobile with
24a firearm in the person’s possession unless it is unloaded and
25enclosed in a carrying case, except as otherwise provided.
26However, a nonambulatory person may carry an uncased and
27unloaded firearm while operating or riding a snowmobile.

   28b.  (1)  A person may operate or ride a snowmobile with a
29loaded firearm, whether concealed or not, without a permit to
30carry weapons, if the person operates or rides on land owned,
31possessed, or rented by the person and the person’s conduct is
32otherwise lawful.
   33(2)  A person may operate or ride a snowmobile with a loaded
34pistol or revolver, whether concealed or not, if the person is
35operating or riding the snowmobile on land that is not owned,
-6-1possessed, or rented by the person, and the person’s conduct is
2otherwise lawful.
   3c.  A person shall not discharge a firearm while on a
4snowmobile, except that a nonambulatory person may discharge a
5firearm from a snowmobile while lawfully hunting if the person
6is not operating or riding a moving snowmobile.
7   Sec. 18.  Section 321I.14, subsection 2, Code 2023, is
8amended to read as follows:
   92.  a.  A person shall not operate or ride an all-terrain
10vehicle with a firearm in the person’s possession unless it is
11unloaded and enclosed in a carrying case, except as otherwise
12provided. However, a nonambulatory person may carry an uncased
13and unloaded firearm while operating or riding an all-terrain
14vehicle.

   15b.  (1)  A person may operate or ride an all-terrain vehicle
16with a loaded firearm, whether concealed or not, without a
17permit to carry weapons, if the person operates or rides on
18land owned, possessed, or rented by the person and the person’s
19conduct is otherwise lawful.
   20(2)  A person may operate or ride an all-terrain vehicle with
21a loaded pistol or revolver, whether concealed or not, if the
22person is operating or riding the all-terrain vehicle on land
23that is not owned, possessed, or rented by the person, and the
24person’s conduct is otherwise lawful.
   25c.  A person shall not discharge a firearm while on an
26all-terrain vehicle, except that a nonambulatory person may
27discharge a firearm from an all-terrain vehicle while lawfully
28hunting if the person is not operating or riding a moving
29all-terrain vehicle.
30   Sec. 19.  EFFECTIVE DATE.  This division of this Act, being
31deemed of immediate importance, takes effect upon enactment.
32DIVISION IX
33FIREARMS ON PROPERTIES LICENSED TO CONDUCT GAMBLING GAMES OR
34SPORTS WAGERING
35   Sec. 20.  NEW SECTION.  99D.7A  Limitations on rules.
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   1Rules adopted pursuant to section 99D.7 shall not prohibit a
2licensee under this chapter or chapter 99F from authorizing a
3person to possess a firearm on the licensee’s property. This
4section does not prohibit a licensee from adopting a policy
5limiting the possession of firearms on the licensee’s property.
6DIVISION X
7eligibility to carry weapons
8   Sec. 21.  Section 724.8B, Code 2023, is amended to read as
9follows:
   10724.8B  Persons ineligible to carry dangerous weapons.
   111.   a.  A person determined to be who is ineligible to
12receive a permit to carry weapons under section 724.8,
13subsection 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6, a person who illegally possesses a
14controlled substance included in chapter 124, subchapter II, or
15a person who is committing an indictable offense is prohibited
16from carrying dangerous weapons.
   17b.  A person whose most recent application for a permit
18to carry weapons has been denied due to the person being
19ineligible for such a permit under section 724.8, subsection 2
20or 3, is prohibited from carrying dangerous weapons.
   21c.  A person whose permit to carry weapons or permit to
22acquire pistols and revolvers has been revoked or suspended is
23prohibited from carrying dangerous weapons unless or until the
24person’s permit has been reinstated or the person has applied
25for and been granted a new permit under the provisions of this
26chapter.
   27d.  Unless otherwise provided by law, a person who violates
28this section commits a serious misdemeanor.
   292.  This section shall not be construed to prohibit the
30otherwise lawful possession, transportation, or transfer of
31firearms or other weapons.
   323.  a.  This section shall not be construed to prohibit
33the following persons from conducting activities listed in
34paragraph “b” if the person is not otherwise prohibited by
35section 724.26, federal law, or a court order from shipping,
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   2(1)  A person determined to be ineligible to carry dangerous
3weapons only under section 724.8, subsection 5.
   4(2)  A person whose permit to carry weapons or permit to
5acquire pistols and revolvers has been suspended or revoked.
   6(3)  A person whose application for a permit to carry weapons
7or a permit to acquire pistols and revolvers has been denied.
   8b.  A person who, pursuant to paragraph “a”, is not
9prohibited may do any of the following:
   10(1)  Go armed with a dangerous weapon in the person’s own
11dwelling or place of business, or on land owned, possessed, or
12rented by the person.
   13(2)  For any lawful purpose carry an unloaded pistol,
14revolver, or other firearm inside a closed and fastened
15container or securely wrapped package that is too large to be
16concealed on the person.
   17(3)  For any lawful purpose carry or transport an unloaded
18pistol, revolver, or other firearm in a vehicle or common
19carrier inside a closed and fastened container or securely
20wrapped package that is too large to be concealed on the person
21or carry or transport an unloaded pistol, revolver, or other
22firearm inside a cargo or luggage compartment where the pistol,
23revolver, or other firearm will not be readily accessible to
24any person riding in the vehicle or common carrier.
   25(4)  Carry a firearm while the person is lawfully engaged in
26target practice on a range designed for that purpose or while
27actually engaged in lawful hunting.
   28(5)  Carry a knife, bow, crossbow, or other implement used in
29hunting or fishing, while actually engaged in lawful hunting
30or fishing.
   31(6)  For any lawful purpose carry a firearm while remaining
32outside the limits of any city and the firearm is not
33concealed.
   34(7)  For any lawful purpose carry a knife, regardless of
35whether the knife is concealed, if the length of the blade does
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2   Sec. 22.  Section 724.15, subsection 2, paragraph d, Code
32023, is amended by striking the paragraph.
4   Sec. 23.  Section 724.16, subsections 1 and 2, Code 2023, are
5amended to read as follows:
   61.  A person shall not transfer a firearm to another person
7if the person knows or reasonably should know that the other
8person is ineligible to possess carry dangerous weapons
9pursuant to section 724.8B, is intoxicated as provided under
10the conditions set out in section 321J.2, subsection 1, or is
11prohibited from receiving or possessing a firearm under section
12724.26 or federal law.
   132.  A person shall not loan or rent a firearm to another
14person for temporary use during lawful activities if the
15person knows or reasonably should know that the other person
16is ineligible to possess carry dangerous weapons pursuant to
17section 724.8B, is intoxicated as provided under the conditions
18set out in section 321J.2, subsection 1, or is prohibited from
19receiving or possessing a firearm under section 724.26 or
20federal law.
21   Sec. 24.  REPEAL.  Section 724.31A, Code 2023, is repealed.
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