DES MOINES, Iowa — Second Amendment rights were the focus of debate Tuesday at the Capitol. Some lawmakers pushed for legislation that they feel advance the Second Amendment rights of Iowans.
Five bills related to guns were debated, but one that discusses whether or not to allow children at any age to shoot a gun with parental supervision got lawmakers heated.
“The bill before us allows for 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds to operate handguns,” said Democratic Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquardt.
Currently in Iowa, children must be 14 years or older to shoot a revolver or pistol or handle ammunition. The proposed bill drops the age requirement all together but requires parent supervision.
Opponents say some parents are not responsible enough to regulate their children’s actions.
“The unfortunate fact is not every parent in the state of Iowa is a good parent, and that is what we’re trying to protect our kids from,” said Democrat Rep. Mary Mascher.
But Republican Rep. Jake Highfill, who is sponsoring the bill, says it’s one of the best bills to advance the Second Amendment rights of all Iowans.
“It returns the power back to where it belongs — back in the hands of the parents to make the decisions they are entitled to do instead of the government,” Highfill said.
The bill passed out of the House 62 to 36. It will now move on to the Senate.
The House also passed a bill allowing suppressors to be legal in Iowa, which will make Iowa the 42nd state to pass similar legislation if it passes in the Senate.
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Other bills passed in the House on Tuesday:
HF2283 — Allows a person on an ATV or snowmobile to carry a loaded gun.
HF2280 — Would prohibit the governor and other officials from confiscating the guns of Iowans during a state of emergency.
HF2314 — Would prevent information from being released to the public that’s filled out when getting a permit to carry. Instead, a person can only find out if another person has a permit or not and would not release the address, phone number and other information.