New Law allows Stun Guns on Iowa Public University and Community College Campuses

New Law allows Stun Guns on Iowa Public University and Community College Campuses

This new law will allow anyone, except felons, to carry a stun gun on Iowa’s public university or community college properties.

A new law that was put into effect on July 1 prohibits officials of Iowa’s public universities and community college from banning the use of stun guns on campus grounds or in campus buildings. The universities affected by this law are Iowa State University, University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa. Community college are also affected.

State Rep. matt Windschitl, a Republican from Harrison Country, said that since it’s legal for anyone older than 18 to carry a stun gun, it should not be prohibited at public colleges and universities.

“The benefits for a student or faculty to fend off an attacker or rape far outweigh someone doing something stupid with it,” Windschitl said.

The law will stop public colleges and community colleges from prohibiting the transportation, possession, or carrying of “a dangerous weapon that directs an electric current, impulse, wave or beam that produces a high-voltage pulse designed to immobilize a person.”

The bill prohibits stun guns at school hospitals and sports stadiums. Moreover, provisions in the bill also ban people with felony convictions from carrying such weapons, according to Fox 28.

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