DES MONIES, Iowa — Iowa House lawmakers have been the butt of jokes from late-night comedians in recent weeks after passing a bill removing age restrictions for using handguns.
The legislation would allow anyone to use a handgun as long as they were under adult supervision. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support and is now awaiting action in the Senate.
A group of Iowans from a multitude of backgrounds spoke out against the bill Tuesday at the Capitol.
Dr. Amy Shriver said that from a medical standpoint, there’s no way a child should be allowed to touch a gun.
“It is my duty as a pediatrician to inform families on how to keep their children the safest possible. I do speak with children and families about the importance of gun safety. The reason I do so is because it is one of the three leading causes of death in children,” Shriver said.
The group also delivered a petition to lawmakers with over 1,000 signatures asking to kill the bill.