Iowa legislative session begins as activists rally for gun laws in wa...

School safety was on the minds of Iowa legislative leaders and activists Monday as they convened the 2024 legislative session four days after a school shooting in Perry.

As the House and Senate came to order at 10 a.m. Monday, GOP leaders called for a moment of silence in honor of the victims and families of the Jan. 4 shooting at Perry High School. The 17-year-old gunman, a student, killed an 11-year-old boy Thursday and injured seven other students and staff. He was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver addresses the Senate at the beginning of the 2024 legislative session Jan. 8, 2024. (Photo by Robin Opsahl/Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver thanked Perry law enforcement officers, health care providers and school staff for defending students in the shooting. He commended the Perry High School principal Dan Marburger, who was critically injured after being shot multiple…

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