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Lawmakers Consider Lowering Gun Use Age

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Lawmakers in the Iowa House have granted preliminary approval to legislation lowering the minimum age that minors can use handguns under supervision.

A subcommittee backed the measure at a hearing Thursday. It will now move to the full House Public Safety Committee.

Currently in Iowa, those between the ages of 14 and 20 may use a handgun with supervision from a parent, or from an instructor approved by a parent. This bill would lower that minimum age to 12.

Supporters say this is an educational initiative that would promote gun safety and training. State Rep. Greg Heartsill, a Republican from Chariton, says teaching young people how to properly use a gun was educational.

Gun safety groups testified against the measure, saying it could cause more gun-related accidents.

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