DES MOINES --- Gov. Terry Branstad signed 11 bills into law Tuesday, including legislation that would allow people --- who have been adjudicated mentally deficient to carry a gun --- a process for getting a gun if their situation changes.
Backers say Senate File 456 fixes an omission in the "shall issue" law approved last year.
The legislation is designed to conform Iowa law with federal requirements that allow persons who were subject to disqualifying mental health disorders or judgments to regain their right to possess a firearm in a fair and impartial process.
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Supporters say that someone with a head injury who is assigned a conservator or guardian is generally prohibited from owning a gun. Without the changes in S.F. 456, that person would have no way to regain gun ownership rights once an injury had healed.