March 24, 2016

Iowa: Suppressor Bill Sent to Governor

Recently, the Iowa Legislature passed HF 2279 – a bill legalizing the ownership of firearm suppressors in the Hawkeye State. The bill will now be sent to the Governor’s desk for final approval.

HF 2279, formally known as HB 2043, passed through the House on February 23 (with a vote of 74-24) and the Senate on March 17 (with a vote of 46-4) with strong bipartisan support. The House then concurred with Senate amendments and passed the bill out of the legislature with a bipartisan vote of 78-21. If signed by Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus member Governor Terry Branstad, Iowa would become the 42nd state in the nation to allow suppressor ownership.

Often misrepresented in the media, firearm suppressors are an innovative technology that protects the hearing of recreational shooters, hunters and their dogs, reduces noise pollution, and increases accuracy. 

Studies conducted at both the state and federal level have found that the number of hunters and trappers have been on a generally declining trend over the past several decades. To increase recruitment, retention, and reactivation (R3) of hunters and trappers, which initiative do you think would have the greatest impact?

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