PISTOLS FOR PRETEENS

Rod Boshart
Published: January 30 2014 | 3:38 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 2:55 am in

Children 12-years-old and older could legally carry handguns under a bill that received unanimous approval in a Iowa House subcommittee Thursday. Current law makes it illegal for anyone under the age of 14 to use a handgun. Rep. Joe Riding, D-Altoona, who drafted the bill, said it’s aimed at allowing younger children to sign up for shooting tournaments. But critics say 12 is too young for anyone to be using a gun. Connie Ryan Terrell of the Iowa Interfaith Alliance said it’s a “different world” now than it was when young Iowans were able to shoot guns on the farm. “In today’s world and today’s society, with guns in schools, it’s simply no longer OK,” she said. “Guns need to be handled by adults.” Rep. Clel Baudler, R-Greenfield, took offense at the characterization. “We’re not in a different age in rural Iowa,” he snapped. “You can’t legislate stupidity away and a lot of the stories we hear are due to stupidity.” The legislation, House Study Bill 2012, now moves on to a full committee.

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