'We Do Not Need a Militia of Toddlers': Handguns for Kids Law Advances in Iowa

A bill allowing children of all ages to handle real guns passed the Iowa House of Representatives on Tuesday and is on the way to the state Senate, where lawmakers will consider making it legal for minors under 14 to have “a pistol, revolver or the ammunition” under parental supervision.

The bill passed 62-36 in the state House. Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquardt, a Democrat who voted against the bill, told local media that the bill “allows for one-year-olds, two-year-olds, three-year-olds, four-year-olds to operate handguns.”

“We do not need a militia of toddlers,” Running-Marquardt said.

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