IowaWatch Connection Podcast: Understanding And Reducing Gun Violence In Iowa

President Barack Obama’s recent executive orders on gun access and control reignited debates over how to rein in gun violence. There’s a perception that gun violence in Iowa is worse than ever. The number of shootings in Iowa’s major cities is increasing, but law enforcement says it’s due to a small number of people.

Gun Rights Groups Take Concealed Carry Political Fights To College Campuses

NEWS21 REPORT: Idaho became the seventh state to allow “campus carry” in a movement gaining traction across the country, despite the often strenuous opposition of other students, faculty and campus administrators. Political battles are being fought in other states, too.

Gun Rights Supporters Rely On Individual States To Overcome Federal Controls

NEWS21 REPORT: Across the country, a thriving dissatisfaction with the U.S. government is prompting a growing spate of bills in state legislatures aimed at defying federal control over firearms – more than 200 during the last decade, a News21 investigation found.

News21 Report: New Gun Control Groups Are Entering The Gun Debates

Twenty months after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, some would say little has changed when it comes to guns in America. Others would say everything has. A special News21 report explains.

Sunshine Week message: Open Government Makes us Better Citizens

Don’t expect movement in the state Senate on a House bill that would keep secret the names and addresses of people seeking gun permits in Iowa. “I’m not planning on doing any gun bills this year, period,” Sen. Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, said in a brief phone conversation while heading to work earlier this week. Hogg is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which gives him the power to make that decision. Hogg sees no consensus on a variety of bills dealing with guns, ranging from making it easier to carry a gun to putting tighter controls on them. So, he said, “I’ve just sort of taken all gun issues off the table.”

Open government advocates have been paying particular attention to House File 81 in the debates over gun ownership and regulation.