Iowa Senate PASSES Hearing Protection Act 46-4!

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Iowa Senate PASSES Hearing Protection Act 46-4!
Iowa Senate PASSES Hearing Protection Act 46-4!
Iowa Firearms Coalition
Iowa Firearms Coalition

Clive, IA -(AmmoLand.com)- At approximately 9:30 Thursday morning the Iowa Senate passed House File 2279 by a vote of 46 to 4.

HF2279, the Hearing Protection Act, removes suppressors from Iowa’s list of so-called “offensive weapons.” If signed into law this would legalize the civilian ownership of firearm suppressors in the State of Iowa. For years the Iowa Senate has a literal dead-end for most every gun bill introduced in the Iowa legislature.

When given an opportunity to speak out against the legalization of suppressors in Iowa not a single Senator chose to do so. In fact the only Senator who said anything was Senator Julian Garrett of Warren County who noted how long overdue this bill is and long we’ve been working to legalize suppressors in Iowa.

Those voting against the bill were:

  • Joe Bolkcom
  • Bob Dvorsky
  • Rob Hogg
  • Herman Quirmbach
Iowa Senate PASSES Hearing Protection Act 46-4!
Iowa Senate PASSES Hearing Protection Act 46-4!

What comes next?

There was an amendment attached by the Senate to HF2279. No need to worry though, the bill’s original intent remains intact. The amendment merely cleanup up a few small grammatical errors.

The Hearing Protection Act now goes back to the House of Representatives. The House will have to decide whether or not to approve the amendment. The Iowa Firearms Coalition has been in ongoing discussions with the House leadership and they have indicated they will address the issue in a quick manner. We fully expect the House to approve the amendment and send HF2279 to Governor Branstad’s desk in short order. Tentative indications are the Governor will sign the bill.

Community Support

The Iowa Firearms Coalition has been leading the fight to legalize suppressors in Iowa for years. Along the way we’ve been proud to work closely with the National Rifle Association and American Suppressor Association in the Iowa capitol. Other’s claim to have worked on legalizing suppressors, but we assure you they were no where to be found in the capitol during the numerous subcommittee meetings, lobby days, legislator education days, and so on.

If you’re in support of Iowans’ right to own suppressors, you should be supporting those who’ve been fighting to protect and enhance your rights for years. Become an Iowa Firearms Coalition member today!

About Iowa Firearms Coalition:

Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Permit to Carry process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance Second Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports. Sign up for our email list for the latest on Second Amendment issues in Iowa.

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    Many states are affirmative defense with NFA items. Simply put dick cop throws you in jail because you have a tax stamp but doesn’t understand it’s legal . Or just wants to be a dick and arrest you for having a NFA item legally. Then it might get destroyed as evidence rooms lose all kinds of things. They just say sue us , meh .

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    Jim Greaves

    Thanks for the two replies. I still do not wrap my mind around “federal jurisdiction” extending beyond a 10-mile square (DC) and the still-extant territories. State constitutions do not cede powers to any other government – including the ones that Congress may have made that are null and void because NOT within their LIMITED and DEFINED powers – Article One. If one were to make one’s own suppressor within a state, keep it in the state, and not offer it “in commerce”, how would anything Congress or its swarms of officers have anything to do with “regulating” it?

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    Jim Greaves

    Will this remove the Federal government from the issue, or will they still have onerous rules and fees superimposed? And will the Feds also make the cost prohibitive to the “average person” with convoluted logic we’ve come to expect?

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    Richard S. Rogers

    Well, since this is a state law, it obviously does NOT repeal or in any way negate the National Firearms Act of 1934. That will require federal legislation. The $200 tax on transfers of each NFA item WAS “prohibitive” when it was imposed. Thanks to inflation, it’s more of an annoyance today, at least compared to the cost of the regulated items.

    What this bill DOES do is make it once again legal for the general public to possess and use firearms sound suppressors in Iowa, which offer a major improvement in safety and comfort.

    Jim Greaves
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    Jim Greaves

    Sheriff Mack’s lawsuit – won in SCOTUS – nullified a Federal law as unconstitutional on the grounds that it was an unfunded mandate on states – ie, he refused to spend limited STATE funds on enforcement. The same can be made an argument for ALL such Federal mandates – even if “funded”. The Congress of the united States is just that, a “congress”, or “meeting” of representatives. It is NOT, and never was intended to be, replacement for the States’ legislatures. Even with the unlawful passage of the 17th amendment. FEDERAL POWER only extends to matters related to FEDERAL lands… Read more »

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    Suppressors are still on the NFA list of controlled firearms. Thus subject to the BATFE background check and $200 transfer stamp per item. If multiple people are planning on being in possession each person would need to fill out the paperwork unless you start a gun trust. However, trusts as of July will not be allowed under Obama executive order. Until overturned in future (subject to Nov elections). The Iowa law just allows you to possess something that would otherwise be legal under federal law.

    Jim Greaves
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    Jim Greaves

    “Legal under Federal law” is not the same as “lawful under the Constitution”. Under color of law does not make an action LAWFUL, and MANY such “statutes” have been thrown out by courts from Federal level on down to townships. So, while it does not “negate” a Federal “statute”, it does have the effect of nullifying said statute(s).