Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill that would drastically reduce the requirements for individuals to obtain a firearm license, according to KWQC News.
A three-member subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee approved House Study Bill 133 that would abolish previously required permits in an effort many believe would make citizens feel safer. Background checks would be eliminated, and citizens would be able to carry a concealed weapon without a permit, a U.S. News report said.
Gun owners are rightfully in favor of the measure, as Troy Mitchell, the owner of Mitchell Arms and Ammo, says, “anything that promotes a second amendment, protects our rights, makes it easier to purchase weapons, carry weapons and furthers the second amendment is all right with me.”
Like most gun related issues, not everyone supports moving forward with this bill. An Iowa delegation of Mom’s On Demand sides with Iowa’s current gun regulations and worry this bill would in fact put people’s lives in further danger, particularly children.
The measure will allow children under the age of 14 to legally use a firearm under the supervision of a parent.
Laural Clinton, of Des Moines, is concerned her three African-American children will be targeted as criminals even when they’re following legal procedure.
“I want you to understand that when you see my child, you’re not going to see a law-abiding citizen, and that’s inherently the history of our country,” Clinton said.
Rep. Matt Windschitl, an outspoken proponent of the Second Amendment, says, “this will allow Iowans more freedoms and the ability to exercise those freedoms in a responsible fashion.”
Yet, politicians are struggling over the proposal because there are concerns its language would warrant citizens to use deadly force in situations, even if there is a superior alternative.