Human Rights

Iowa Lawmakers Passed a Bill Letting Children Own Handguns (VIDEO)

The bill would allow kids under 14 to own handguns, with parental supervision.

Photo Credit: Rob Byron/Shutterstock

Yesterday in the country’s ensuing saga of misplaced constitutionalism, the Iowa House of Representatives sought to extend Second Amendment rights to children, passing a bill that would allow “a person under 14 years of age to possess a pistol or revolver” with parental supervision.

Technically, Iowa’s current law has no restriction on children using long guns or shotguns under parental supervision. The new bill would add handguns to the mix. According to the law, “direct supervision” constitutes an adult maintaining “visual and verbal contact at all times” with their armed minor. 

Iowa’s Republican State Rep. Jake Highfill offered his two cents on the bill in an interview with the Washington Post.

“Allowing people to learn at a young age the respect that a gun commands is one of the most important things you can do,” said Highfill, whose circular logic continues to hold true so long as gun control remains a moot point for conservatives. And to that end, Highfill added that “the government should not be involved with” deciding whether children can or cannot possess a gun.

Fortunately, State Governor Terry Branstad has the power to veto the bill from becoming law. Less fortunate are Branstad’s recent comments to NBC’s Channel 13, that now is “not the right time” to talk about gun control. Maybe the governor will change his tune come the rise of a child militia.

Robin Scher is a freelance writer from South Africa currently based in New York. He tweets infrequently @RobScherHimself.

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