Iowa lawmakers approve gun law expansion

DES MOINES — Iowa lawmakers gave final approval to a gun-rights bill Thursday, approving a stand-your-ground provision and the right to carry concealed firearms on state Capitol grounds.

The House voted 57-36 for the legislation, which cleared the Senate on Tuesday. It now heads to Gov. Terry Branstad, who in the past has supported gun-rights legislation, but his spokesman was noncommittal.

The final bill represents weeks of back-and-forth between the House and Senate to finesse sweeping changes to the state’s gun laws and regulations. GOP lawmakers have tried for years to advance pro-gun legislation, arguing it would expand Second Amendment rights in Iowa.