Legislation Would Strengthen Self-Defense and Use of Reasonable Force – Iowa

Legislation Would Strengthen Self-Defense and Use of Reasonable Force – Iowa

Not everyone in Iowa agrees with the ‘reasonable force’ legislation. Law enforcement argue against it stating it is too broad and would allow almost anyone to hide behind the law.

A bill bolstering Iowans’ ability to use violent force in response to threats sparked heated debate between law enforcement officials and gun-rights advocates in a House subcommittee meeting Tuesday.

The bill, House File 573, rewrites the law on “reasonable force” so that a person may use force — including deadly force — against someone who they believe threatens to kill or cause serious injury, or who is committing a violent felony. . . .

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