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Iowa: Hearing Protection Act Passes Committee

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Iowa: Hearing Protection Act Passes Committee

Today, House File 2279, the Hearing Protection Act, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with an 11-2 vote. Your emails in support of HF 2279 are working, but the fight is not over yet!  HF 2279 will now head to the full state Senate for final consideration.  Please contact your state Senator immediately and politely urge him or her to SUPPORT HF 2279!  Please click the “Take Action” button below to contact you state Senator with your support!

As previously reported, HF 2279 would allow for the sale, use and possession of firearm suppressors in Iowa.  The fact is that Iowa is way behind other states in allowing the possession and use of suppressors.  Forty-one states allow possession of suppressors, while thirty-seven of those states allow for their use while hunting. 

HF 2279 was amended in committee today, but the amendment is favorable and does not change the original intent of the bill.

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 from neighbors, particularly in more densely populated areas. 

With your help, suppressors could become legal in The Hawkeye State.  Once again, please click the “Take Action” button above to contact your state Senator in SUPPORT of House File 2279!

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.