What You Need to Know: DNR Conservation Officer Threatens to Take Suppressor From Deer Hunter

The Iowa Firearms Coalition is now aware of at least one instance where a DNR Conservation Officer has asserted authority to seize a suppressor if the possessor can’t prove legal possession by presenting a Form 4 with a tax stamp affixed. The individual was hunting with an approved caliber and suppressor attached when a conservation officer asked to inspect the weapon and see proof of ownership. Neither state nor federal law requires such presentation, and DNR officials now acknowledge that fact. Iowa Firearms Coalition representatives have addressed this incident with DNR officials and believe it was an instance of confusion in the field.

We will continue to monitor the situation as Iowa’s firearms deer hunting season continues for the next two weeks. In the meantime, if you or someone you know plans to hunt deer with a suppressor we strongly recommend the following:

  • Those who possess a suppressor or SBR should keep a photo of Form 4 on your cell phone.
  • Make a photocopy of Form 4 and keep it in your gun case for the same purpose
  • Keep the original Form 4 in a safe location. Do not take it to the field.
  • Keep a non-confrontational attitude if questioned.

If you are hunting and have a similar interaction with a DNR Conservation Officer, please make the Iowa Firearms Coalition aware of it. When state agents overstep, we can use our knowledge of the law and organizational resources to keep them in check. We also want to make sure you have the critical information you need if and when you’re confronted by an overzealous officer. This is yet another example of how IFC serves you and another reason to be an IFC member. If you’re a hunter or knows someone that hunts, please share this information. The last thing we want is for our members to find themselves in trouble.

Have a safe hunt and thank you for supporting the Iowa Firearms Coalition!

 

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  1. John Adams says:

    s stated ,( Those who possess a suppressor or SBR should keep a photo of Form 4 on your cell phone.
    Make a photocopy of Form 4 and keep it in your gun case for the same purpose) when as you claim IS NOT lawful ? Obviously you want to make it easier for us hunters to stay out of harms way by making us perform duties that are not normal because of the in this case ignorance of a DNR Officer. By stating that you are giving positive reinforcement for their negative behavior. I submit that not cow towing to a unlawful directive while not being threatening will bring this to a head and final resolution better maintaining your dignity and perhaps open this up for a lawsuit should the Officer not conform to the laws he has sworn to protect.

    ASn instance of confusion in the field? Baloney!

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