The Iowa House has just voted to reverse a law that made it illegal to use or possess a gun silencer or suppressor. The bill passed 82 – 16 and would allow gun owners across the state to make use of the hearing-saving devices that many have called a much needed tool to prevent hearing loss in regular shooters.
According to RadioIowa.com,
Representative Matt Windschitl, a Republican from Missouri Valley who is a gun smith, calls them “suppressors” and he said they can help preserve the hearing of gun owners who regularly fire off rounds at gun ranges.
“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 during today’s debate. “…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.”
A few of the anti-gun democrats in the Iowa House were not happy with this bill and considered it a waste of time since it did not address gun violence in schools or public places. One representative seems to even believe that making gun silencers legal will lead to public mass murder.
Representative Mary Mascher, a Democrat from Iowa City, also voted against the bill saying, “By muffling the noise generated with every shot…a silencer would provide a new degree of intimacy for public mass murder,” Mascher said, “delaying by crucial seconds or minutes the moments when someone can call the police after overhearing strange bangs coming from a theater or classroom.”
Apparently Rep. Mascher has watched too many episodes of CSI and thinks that suppressors make the sound of a gun firing completely mute so that bystanders will not hear a thing. What she fails to admit is that criminals who have wanted suppressors have already had access to them, after all, they are in the business of breaking the law.
Anti-gunners like to call guns a public health crisis in order to use a failing health care system to promote more gun control, but you will never hear any of them promote the use of gun silencers to help prevent the hearing loss of gun owners.
Representative Windschitl responded: ”To insinuate that somehow allowing law-abiding citizens to have that attachment on the end of their firearm is going to create more violence or allow for other tragedies to happen because someone’s not hearing the shot as readily as what they would without a supressed weapon, I find that just ludicrous.”
Representative Chris Hagenow, a Republican from Windsor Heights who voted for the bill, calls it “common sense” legislation that addresses the rights of “law-abiding citizens…not the criminals.”
“It’s disappointing that we have to kind of resort to scare tactics and what seems like some of what we’ve devolved to in this debate,” Hagenow said.
However, as much as this vote looks like a victory for law abiding gun owners in Iowa, it looks like the bill will never see the light of day in the Senate where an anti-gun Democrat has no intention on advancing the bill.
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