LEGALIZING SILENCERS

Rod Boshart
Published: January 22 2014 | 5:03 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 2:31 am in

A bill allowing Iowans to purchase firearm attachments to muffle the sound of firing a gun was introduced in an Iowa House of Representatives subcommittee Wednesday. House File 384 would lift the ban that prevents most Iowans from owning a silencer or suppressor. Iowa is one of 11 states which ban the device. Bill sponsor Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, said the suppressor is a useful tool for preventing hearing damage to firearm owners and could reduce the sound coming ranges. Subcommittee member Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, D-Ames, said suppressor-equipped firearms could make it more difficult for people to find safety during shootings. When they heard the shots at Newton, you had teachers, heroic teachers, pushing kids to safety because they heard the shots, she said. The bill now moves on to a full Judiciary Committee. Using a suppressor in Iowa is currently a Class D felony.

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