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Iowa: Five Pro-Gun Bills Pass House Floor Vote

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Iowa: Five Pro-Gun Bills Pass House Floor Vote

Today was a successful day for gun-owners in the The Hawkeye State. Five pro-gun bills passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan votes and will now go to the Senate for further consideration.  Please contact your state Senator and politely urge them to SUPPORT these pro-gun bills.  Also, please thank the House members who voted in support of your Second Amendment rights.  Click the “Take Action” button below to contact your state Senator!

House File 2279, the Hearing Protection Act, would allow for the sale, use and possession of firearm suppressors in Iowa.  Suppressors help increase accuracy by reducing felt recoil and shot “flinch.”  Beginners to shooting sports adhere to a quicker learning curve on average because the muffled sound equates to increased focus and concentration on proper shooting mechanics.  Most importantly, suppressors reduce shooters’ risk of hearing damage, which can occur when discharging a firearm without the proper hearing protection.  In addition, suppressors can help reduce noise complaints at ranges, particularly in more densely populated areas.  HF 2279 passed the House of Representatives with a 74-24 vote.

House File 2280, the Freedom Protection Act, goes directly to the heart of our cause and defends our Second Amendment Rights.  HF 2280 would prohibit any state official, including the Governor, and government agency from confiscating or regulating the lawful possession, carrying, transfer, transportation and defensive use of firearms or ammunition during a state of emergency, like the actions that occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana.  HF 2280 passed the House of Representatives with a 67-31 vote. 

House File 2283, the Recreational Carry Bill, would allow for law-abiding citizens to carry a firearm while riding on an ATV or snowmobile.  If an individual can lawfully own and possess a firearm, they should not have restrictions placed on their ability to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense outside of their home or in a recreational vehicle.  House File 2283 passed the House of Representatives with a 78-20 vote. 

House File 2281, the Youth Safety & Parental Rights Act, would correct a discrepancy in current law that prevents individuals under 14 years of age from learning gun safety and target shooting with a handgun under their parent’s permission and supervision.  There is a great deal of interest in shooting sports among Iowa’s youth and this bill ensures that individuals under 14 years of age are taught the proper way to handle and discharge a firearm while under the discretion of a parent or guardian.  HF 2281 passed the House of Representatives with a 62-36 vote.

House File 2314, Concealed Carry Permit Reform & Personal Information Protection, would provide clarification to Iowa’s current carry permit law and respect law-abiding gun owner’s right to privacy by keeping all personally identifiable information of applicants and holders of permits to carry weapons and permits to acquire pistols/revolvers, confidential.  HF 2314 passed the House of Representatives with a 97-1 vote. 

Once again, please click the “Take Action” button above to contact your state Senator in support of these important pro-gun bills!  Also, please contact the state Representatives who voted in favor of these pro-gun measures and thank them for supporting the Second Amendment rights of all Iowans.

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