The latest gun control compromise out of Washington has Iowans spilt.
“I am very optimistic that this amendment by Senator Manchin and Senator Toomey, one democrat from a gun state, one republican from a gun state, if they can support this then I am very optimistic that Senator Grassley will as well,” said Rev. Cheryl Thomas, a member of Iowans for Gun Safety
“The way things stand right now you can’t stop crazy and that’s what we need to do. You don’t need to restrict the good guys from the access. You need to stop the bad guys. I don’t know what the right answer is,” said Chris McAninch, owner of GunsAndMore.info in Grimes.
The compromise would expand background checks for anyone buying a gun, specifically online or at gun shows.
Those in favor of the legislation said it would help prevent gun violence, and give people who sell the guns peace of mind.
“I think it will be a great relief for people who go through these background checks and if you are selling a gun you don’t want to have that gun show up in a crime,” said Rev. Thomas.
But those against it said it wouldn’t stop gun violence- it would only allow the government to infringe on people’s rights.
“Anytime they write more law it concerns me. It opens the gate for a little more trouble down the road,” said McAninch.
One thing they can agree on- both said not a lot will change here in Iowa if the bill passes. Many gun store owners in the state who sell at gun shows and online already require federal background checks of their customers.