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Iowa has some of the weakest gun laws in the country. The state has no law requiring background checks on unlicensed rifle and shotgun sales, and its laws keeping guns away from domestic abusers are incomplete. Iowa is also a Stand Your Ground state, meaning there is no duty to retreat before using lethal force in public.

270 In an average year, 270 people die by guns in Iowa.
11x In Iowa, Black people are 11 times as likely to die by gun homicide as white people.
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To become a safer state, Iowa can enact a law requiring background checks on all gun sales, enact an Extreme Risk law, and repeal its dangerous Stand Your Ground law.

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