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While Illinois is in the midst of implementing their concealed carry law, Iowa may be looking to pass a gun law of their own.

The Hawkeye State has had concealed carry for a few years now, but now the state house has passed a bill that would allow suppressors on the end of guns.

But what is it?

It's simply an attachment that can go on the end of a gun, that suppresses the sound, by as much as 30-40%.

"It makes it significantly quieter," says gun store owner Tim Baldwin. "Quiet enough to where with a  rifle or handgun, that when you shoot it you wouldn't need ear protection."

Baldwin owns a store in Moline, in a state that doesn't allow suppressors either.

But, he says many of his customers would want them if they were available.

""Anyone who shoots recreationally, hunters, target shooters," Baldwin explains when asked who would need a suppressor on their guns. "Certainly people who shoot at outdoor ranges who are being encroached on by urban sprawl. "

Which Baldwin says is happening all over.

But for now, the bill just passed through the Iowa House, 83-16.

State Representative Cindy Winckler from Davenport was one who voted against it.

"When a gun is fired, the sound it makes is a warning signal to those around that weapon. And if we muzzle that sound, we have a chance to muffle that warning signal," says Winckler.

She adds passing this law could have consequences in a situation like a school shooting.

If an active shooter is using a suppressor, Winckler fears that not everyone would hear shots and react to them.

But, the bills sponsor, State Representative Matt Windschitl, says to not pass a law based on possible future crimes is dangerous thinking.

"Are we really going to limit Iowans freedom and liberties based on others bad actions?" he asks. "39 other states already allow suppressors and I can't find any statistical data that show there is increase in crime in those states."

Even in Iowa were to pass this law, it will still be very difficult to get a suppressor.

A gun store would have to get a license to carry them.

If someone would want to buy one, they would have to fill out federal documents, get finger-printed, and submit paperwork to the federal document, costing about $200.

The government would do a background check and then give paperwork back to the applicant.

All of this could take as long as 6 months.

But the bill still has a long way to go.

It will still have to be approved by the Senate, and the governor.

 

 

 

 

 

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