A bill that would end age restrictions for handguns in Iowa passed the House and awaits a Senate vote. But opponents are trying to lobby Senators before they even begin debating it.
Activists gathered at the Statehouse Tuesday to rally against House File 2281. Current Iowa law says you have to be 14 years old to shoot a handgun, but this bill would eliminate that restriction.
“Our children are asking for clean drinking water. They’re asking for a good education. They’re asking for nutritious food to eat. They’re asking for reliable health care and access to medicine. They’re asking for a future and instead, instead of all this our legislators seek to put handguns in their outstretched palms,” said Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott, with the Faith Lutheran Church at the Capitol rally Tuesday.
Opponents also delivered a petition with more than a thousand signatures against this bill.
The bill and several other gun-rights bills that passed the House, haven’t been scheduled yet for debate in the Senate.