House File 384 is scheduled for a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow, February 19, at 3:00 p.m. This bill, with a proposed NRA-supported amendment, will legalize the ownership of firearm sound suppressors, also referred to as “silencers,” in Iowa.  Currently illegal to own under Iowa law, suppressors are legal to own under federal law and in 39 states.  While they do not eliminate the sound of a firearm, suppressors do reduce the muzzle report of the gun much in the same way that a muffler reduces exhaust noise from a car or truck.

Your NRA has been working with both chambers of the state legislature to pass a bill this session to make this improvement for firearm owners, shooters and sportsmen.  Amendments aimed at severely restricting civilian use and ownership of suppressors, should they become legal, will be offered in committee.  It is critical that you call AND e-mail members of the House Judiciary Committee TODAY and urge their support for HF 384 WITH the proposed NRA-supported amendment only.  Committee members can be reached through the central switchboard at (515) 281-3221 and their e-mail addresses are provided below.

There are numerous benefits associated with the use of suppressors, including increased accuracy due to reduced recoil and muzzle blast, protection from hearing damage and reduced noise pollution.  Noise complaints are being used more frequently as an excuse to close shooting ranges, informal shooting areas and hunting lands throughout the country.  Increased use of suppressors will help to eliminate many of these complaints and protect hunting and shooting areas well into the future.  Suppressors are an effective means of reducing hearing loss among shooters.  The facts are clear.  Iowans deserve the freedom to choose and use these beneficial safety devices.

House Judiciary Committee:

Representative Chip Baltimore (R-47), Chairman

Representative Megan Hess (R-2), Vice Chairman

Representative Mary Lynn Wolfe (D-98), Ranking Member

Representative Dwayne Alons (R-4)

Representative Marti Anderson (D-36)

Representative Mark Brandenburg (R-15)

Representative Dave Dawson (D-14)

Representative Tedd Gassman (R-7)

Representative Stan Gustafson (R-25)

Representative Chris Hagenow (R-43)

Representative Greg Heartsill (R-28)

Representative David E. Heaton (R-84)

Representative Bobby Kaufmann (R-73)

Representative Vicki S. Lensing (D-85)

Representative Brian Meyer (D-33)

Representative Jo Oldson (D-41)

Representative Rick Olson (D-31)

Representative Todd Prichard (D-52)

Representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D-45)

Representative Matt W. Windschitl (R-17)

Representative Gary Worthan (R-11)

Advancing your Second Amendment rights in Iowa,
Barry B. Snell
Communications Director, Iowa Firearms Coalition
NRA Member