Emergency Powers Reform Bill Advances Too

From Des Moines Gun Rights Examiner (Iowa Firearms Coalition President Sean McClanahan):

HSB18 passed out of the [House Public Safety Committee] with a vote of 14-5, so it now goes to the floor of the full Iowa House of Representatives for debate. HSB18 is a reform to the Emergency Powers Act; if passed, HSB18 would make it illegal for a citizen to be removed of his or her ammunition or firearms during a state of emergency, and it would protect a citizen’s right to transport and carry firearms during that time. Essentially, it prevents another “Katrina aftermath” from happening in Iowa.

The vote was almost completely along party lines. Representatives R. Olson and Swaim were not present. All of the Republicans voted for the passage of HSB18, while all of the Democrats – with one exception – voted against passage. The lone Democrat who voted to protect the rights of Iowa citizens who own firearms was Representative Wolfe.

The final tally:

Voting AYE – to protect the rights of citizens:

Baudler

Shaw

Alons

Brandenburg

Fry

Hagenow

Klein

S. Olson

Rayhons

Sands

Tjepkes

Windschitl

Wolfe

Voting NAY – to allow your rights to be removed:

Kressig

Abdul-Samad

Berry

Gaines

Muhlbauer

Absent:

R. Olson

Swaim

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