Gun Laws & Legislation

Iowa lawmaker calls for retroactive gun ban, confiscation of semi-automatic weapons

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David Martosko
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Muhlbauer stopped short of supporting legislation to prohibit children from playing violent videogames. “I don’t know how you go about that,” he said.

But he didn’t mince words when advocating for new gun laws, including mental-health screening, gun buy-backs and “penalties” for Iowans found with semi-automatic weapons.

“We have not done enough in the past,” he said, referring to “shooters coming into schools.”

“And this is running away from us, and we cannot have this anymore.”

Later in the interview, Muhlbauer seemed to embrace a position articulated by National Rifle Association executive vice president Wayne LaPierre during his widely publicized Dec. 21 press conference.

“We need to tighten up the schools,” he said, with metal detectors.

Asked if armed security guards should be a requirement in every Iowa school, he replied, “you know what, if it keeps going, possibly, that might be something we need to do. We have to break this trend.”

During his two years in the Iowa Legislature, Muhlbauer has not co-sponsored any legislation related to guns. He did co-sponsor a bill during his first month in office that would have required hunting guides and outfitters to register for licenses with the state Department of Natural Resources.

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