On Thursday, the Iowa House of Representatives passed a bill allowing the sale and purchase of silencers. House File 2381 allows any person, trust, corporation or entity to lawfully possess a firearm suppressor if the suppressor is registered and possessed in compliance with federal law and regulations.”
This new intimacy the law would provide a mass murderer, as Rep. Mary Mascher(D) pointed out, has been touted by Rep. Matt Windschitl(R) as a “prime opportunity to expand the freedom and liberty Iowans deserve.”
Proponents of the bill argue that it is necessary because guns, shockingly, are noisy! One pro-gun lobbyist said, and many agreed, that the legislation will offset the “danger of instant and irreparable hearing damage.” House Speaker Kraig Paulsen(R) said that it’s his guess that neighbors of gun ranges would appreciate it if shooters used silencers.
Yes, guns are noisy. That’s the point. The protections allowing the legal purchase and use of silencers would, as Rep. Mascher pointed out, work to the “advantage of the armed psychopath.” Rep. Beth Wessel Kroeschell(D) asked, “Will it create a safer environment in our schools, theaters, malls and general public?”
Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad(D) said that residents in his community live “in fear” that legal silencers will serve to exacerbate the problem of illegal guns in the streets.
Fortunately, it is unlikely the bill will come for a vote in the Iowa Senate anytime soon. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Rob Hogg(D) says the Senate is too busy to consider new legislation mid-session. “We’ll take a look at that, but it is my plan not to take up any firearms legislation this year,” he said. “I see nothing urgent about this.