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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Iowa House Passes Suppressor Legalization Bill

Five gun-related bills easily passed through the Iowa House of representatives Tuesday, including one to legalize suppressors, or “silencers,” in the state. The proposed measure would repeal Iowa’s current restrictions on National Firearms Act-compliant sound muffling devices. As the law stands today, Iowa residents are prohibited from owning a suppressor—currently legal in more than three-fourths of the other states—and possession of a suppressor is a Class D felony punishable by as much as $7,500 in fines and up to five years in prison.

Garnering the support of Republicans and some Democrats, four other pro-gun bills were passed with ease as part of the Iowa Firearms Coalition-sponsored Second Amendment Day.

Legislation that streamlines the process for getting a permit to carry a concealed weapon got the support of all but one member of the House, along with a measure mandating that concealed-carry application forms be kept confidential so personal information like addresses and phone numbers cannot be disclosed.