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Bill To Legalize Gun Silencers Passes Iowa House, 82-16

March 1, 2014
Angie Davidson
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“Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion in private self defense.”  — John Adams

Yesterday, the Iowa House voted to get rid of state laws that ban the sale and possession of gun suppressors, or “silencers”.  The bill, H.F. 2381, passed by an overwhelming 82-16. Representative Chris Hagenow (R-Windsor Heights), called it “common sense” legislation; addressing the needs of “law abiding citizens of Iowa, not criminals.”

The author of the bill, Representative Matt Windschitl (R-Missouri Valley), is a gun smith who says that gun suppressors can go a long way toward preserving the hearing of those who regularly fire off rounds at a gun range.

“This is a good bill and I think it is a prime opportunity for us to expand a freedom and a liberty that Iowans deserve,” Windschitl said. “Thirty-nine other states already allow their citizens to be able to possess these. I don’t think Iowans should be restricted from having them.”

There are numerous benefits associated with the use of suppressors, according to the NLA-ILA.  Suppressors not only provide protection from hearing damage and reduced noise pollution, but also increase accuracy due to reduced recoil and muzzle blast.

Suppressors also reduced the noise that is often used as an excuse to close gun ranges down or to prohibit hunting in certain areas.

You can read the text of the bill here.

Unfortunately, the bill is not likely to advance through the Democrat controlled Senate.

Rep. Mary Mascher, (D-Iowa City), voted against the bill. She claimed that silencers would, “provide a new degree of intimacy for a mass murderer,” and would work to the “advantage of the armed psychopath.”

Support for the bill was largely bipartisan. The “no” votes came from urban Democrats.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Rob Hogg, (D-Cedar Rapids), said the Senate is too busy to consider new legislation in the middle of a session, and will likely not try to advance the bill.

“I see nothing urgent about this,” he said.

Democrats are worried that allowing silencers will allow criminals to think they have a free pass because no one will hear the shots.

During debate, Windschitl argued that there was no empirical evidence showing an increase in crime in the 39 states that already allow the purchase and use of suppressors.

“We shouldn’t restrict freedom based on ‘what if,’” he said.

Suppressors are an effective means of reducing hearing loss among shooters.  The facts are clear.  Iowans deserve the freedom to choose and use these beneficial safety devices.” — NRA-ILA

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  1. March 1, 2014 7:27 pm

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