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Gun deaths in Iowa at record levels just as state removes permit requirement to carry weapons

DES MOINES – Gun deaths in Iowa are at record levels, state officials say, just as the state is making it easier for citizens to carry the weapons.

The Des Moines Register reported this morning that “a record 353 Iowa residents died from gunshot wounds in 2020, including 263 suicides and 85 homicides.”  The information was from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Today, a new law in Iowa allowing citizens to purchase and carry a handgun takes effect. Some say that being armed makes them safe, while other disagree, saying more guns will lead to more shooting incidents. The good news is, according to, in Iowa, anyone can purchase and use a bulletproof vest, unless he or she has been convicted of a felony. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face.

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