Iowa House Votes to Remove Hunting Restrictions for Children

By Ellis Codjoe, March 25, 2019

57 members of the Iowa House successfully voted to eliminate a requirement that children between the ages of 12 and 15 finish a hunter education course in order to hunt deer with a pistol or revolver.

Furthermore, anyone under the age of 20 can hunt deer with a handgun if they’re under the direct supervision of an adult 21 or older.

Republican Representative Matt Windschitl of Missouri Valley voted in favor of the bill saying:

“I believe that parents know best. I trust Iowans. I trust them to make the responsible decisions…when it comes to raising their children.”

Representative Art Staed, a Democrat from Cedar Rapids, voted against the bill and disputed Winschitl’s assertion:

 “I don’t have that same degree of trust in all the parents in Iowa. Read the paper.”

Democratic Representative Mary Gaskill from Ottuwma also voted no. She told Ottumwa Radio News:

“I have a problem with children using guns. We wait until they are 14 to drive a car. That’s the basis I like to use. It doesn’t make sense to me to allow a 12-year-old to use a gun.”

The bill now goes to the Iowa Senate for debate.

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