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Iowa State Fair gun ban to remain in effect

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UPDATE: According to The Gazette, the gun ban will not change unless lawmakers change state laws.  Leaders of a state panel making that decision after Friday's hearing.  


DES MOINES -- Citizens are set to voice their opinions to state lawmakers on whether a weapons ban at the Iowa State Fair should be lifted.
   The Des Moines Register ( ) reports that a special review is scheduled for Friday to discuss the matter. The Iowa Code prevents people from bringing weapons of any kind onto the fairgrounds without permission from the fair's board of directors.
   The chairman of the committee that will consider the matter, state Rep. Dawn Pettengill, says the issue was brought up after a citizen requested that the committee consider it.
   Committee members will also hear from the State Fair Board.
   The committee is limited in the action that it can take. It cannot require the State Fair Board to lift the ban, or impose its own restrictions on the agency.

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