Monroe County Board of Supervisors file lawsuit against the Iowa Firearm Coalition
ALBIA, Iowa (KYOU) -There is a legal battle brewing in Monroe County, Iowa about whether or not guns can be legally brought into the courthouse.
Dave Funk is with the Iowa Coalition.
“We’re just simply asking them to follow the law.”
In court documents, it says in November of 2020 Albia resident J.D. Thompson contacted the Monroe County Board to express that the courthouse firearm policy was contrary to Iowa code.
In June of 2020, the Governor signed a bill that prohibits political subdivisions from banning firearm possession in buildings unless security screenings and armed guards are provided.
Thompson then wrote to the local paper to express those same concerns in December 2020.
Court documents say a few days later the county attorney wrote to Thompson informing him of the county’s view that its policy of prohibiting weapons in the building was valid.
Court documents go on to say the board met behind closed doors in February and after returning to an open session, made a motion for the county attorney to prepare a declatory judgement concerning the state of law.
In other words, they want to know what law they should be following. Theon from the state or an order from the state Supreme Court.
The lawsuit by the County was met by a countersuit by the IFC and Thompson.
“We’re asking for personal damage from three members of the board of supervisors and the County Attorney for bringing this unlawful action.”
KYOU reached out to the attorney for comment and he referred us to the court documents.
The trial will be held Tuesday, April 20, at 9:20 AM.
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