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On Tuesday, the Iowa House of Representatives passedĀ a bill allowing children "a person under 14 years of age to possess a pistol or revolver" with parental supervision, 62-36.

Now, it's headed to the State Senate, whereā€”if it passesā€”a bill will, as Schoolhouse Rock infamously declared, become a law, unless it's vetoed by Governor Terry Branstad, who recently stated thatĀ it was not the right timeĀ to talk about gun control.Ā America!

Via theĀ Washington Post:

The current state law has no restrictions onĀ children using long guns or shotguns under a parentā€™s supervision but prohibits them from using handguns.

StateĀ Rep. Jake Highfill (R) said theĀ new bill, which passed 62-36, ā€œbrings the code in line with long guns and shotgunsā€ by allowingĀ themĀ to possess a firearm under direct supervision from a parent or legal guardian.

It defines ā€œdirect supervisionā€ as ā€œsupervision provided by another person who maintains visual and verbal contact at all times with the supervised person.ā€


Theoretically, then, under this law, a baby can legally carry a gun, as long as someone 21 or older is supervising.Ā Kirsten Running-Marquardt, a Democratic State Rep, fears this very future.

"What this bill does, the bill before us, allows for 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds to operate handguns," Running-Marquardt told CBS Iowa. "We do not need a militia of toddlers. We do not have handguns that I am aware of that fit the hands of a 1- or 2-year-old."

Republican State Rep. Jake Highfill told theĀ PostĀ that he thinks "the government should not be involved with" deciding whether babies can or cannot possess a gun.


Michael Rosen is a reporter for Fusion based out of Oakland.