An Iowa bill, that has passed in the state's House, would lift the current age restriction for kids using a handgun under direct adult supervision.
Iowa law currently says a child must be 14 years or older to operate a handgun. For other firearms like shotguns and rifles, there is no age limit for operation as long as an adult is present.
HF 2281 would change the law so anyone under the age of 21 could use a handgun with adult supervision. The bill also holds the supervising adult liable if anyone is injured when the child uses the handgun.
"The bill allows a parent, guardian, or spouse who is 21 years of age or older, while under the direct supervision of the parent, guardian, or spouse, or an instructor 21 years of age or older with the consent of the parent, guardian, or spouse, to permit a person under 14 years of age to possess a pistol or revolver or the ammunition therefor, which may then be lawfully used," according to language in the newly-proposed legislation.
The measure passed the Iowa House by a vote of 62 to 36 on February 23, 2016.
The bill is set to move on to the Iowa State Senate. If passed, it would become effective immediately.