We’re not coming after your guns unless they are a semiautomatic rifle or pistol say Iowa House Democrats. Five Representatives have co-sponsored legislation that would ban the sale or transfer of semiautomatic “assault” weapons. These five legislators want anyone who transfers one of these weapons to become a felon and receive up to ten years in prison and a possible $10,000 fine with a minimum of a $1,000 fine.

So what constitutes an assault weapon to these legislators?

A semi-automatic rifle that is capable of accepting a detachable magazine and:

  • has a pistol grip or thumbhole stock (the vast majority of AR-15’s & AK’s)
  •  A forward grip for the non-trigger hand
  • a barrel shroud
  • a folding, telescoping, or detachable stock
  • a threaded barrel (good luck using your suppressor!)
  • A grenade launcher or rocket launcher (No chainsaw bayonets?)

A semi-automatic pistol that can accept a detachable magazine and:

  • a second pistol grip
  • a shroud encircling the barrel
  • a threaded barrel
  • a magazine attached anywhere but the pistol grip

A semi-automatic shotgun that has:

  • a detachable magazine
  • a pistol grip
  • a folding, telescoping, or detachable stock
  • a fixed magazine of greater than five rounds
  • a forward grip
  • a grenade or rocket launcher
  • a revolving cylinder

This bill is an aggressive and reckless attempt to ban everything inside the gun stores. These legislators have zero regards for the Second Amendment nor the liberty of Iowans. Want to know why amending the Iowa Constitution is so important? It’s because we have people who are elected officials that are willing to make felons out of people for selling a standard AR, AK, Glock, 1911, or whatever other guns most Iowans would use to defend themselves.

HF-125 is a hostile attack on gun owners. It’s a terrible bill for gun owners or anyone that cares about individual liberty. This language is similar to HR5087, the federal Assault Weapons Ban of 2018. This poor excuse for legislation is why elections matter. We don’t expect this extreme nonsense to hit the floor of the Iowa House because liberty-minded Iowans hold the majority and will keep this bill from committee.

Contact information is below for the five representatives who co-sponsored this legislation.

Contact Info:

Bruce Hunter – bruce.hunter@legis.state.ia.us

Art Staed – art.staed@legis.iowa.gov

Mary Mascher – Mary.Mascher@legis.iowa.gov

Jo Oldson – Jo.Oldson@legis.iowa.gov

Vicki Lensing –  Vicki.Lensing@legis.iowa.gov