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Iowa is considering allowing 12 yr olds to shoot handguns

Discussion in 'Firearm Legislation & Activism' started by deen_ad, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Dang, I shot my first handgun at about 6. But it probably was legal 61 years ago in WA, and I still think it is.

    Iowa Lawmakers Consider Handguns for Kids - NBC News


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  2. broncman

    broncman E. of Portland yet to close! Quality Control!

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    Why would there be a law that puts an age on kids shooting period, shouldn't that be the parents decision not the States?
    Of course I will now check out the link.
     
  3. Michael Js

    Michael Js Greater Seattle, WA Active Member

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    I wasn't in double-digits when I shot my first handgun, rifle, shotgun...and that was in NY - on private property, in the backyard! ;)

    Life was so different then...

    I agree with the post above also! :)
     
  4. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    I grew up in Iowa. There was never any kind of law of that sort on the 60s or 70s. We were out hunting pheasants and rabbits at that age.

    I've always admired the Iowa state motto: "Our liberties we prize and out rights we will maintain". Looks like they're still in a battle to maintain their rights.
     
  5. simon99

    simon99 Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I'm confused why a law would even exist about young people shooting with parental supervision. I had my own 22 rifle when I was 6 and learned to shoot handguns with my dads old Hi Standard 22.

    Would you not teach your young kids to swim because that's dangerous as well?
     
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  6. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have no idea when I shot my first handgun but I'm sure it was before age 12 I was Deer hunting at 11 (I turned 12 during season)

    My son started shooting handguns at 5 including a Charter Arms Bulldog Pug in .44spl. of course under very careful supervision (I had him rest the butt in the palm of my hand with my arm over his elbows until I could see how he would handle the recoil then the over arm thing stopped)
     
  7. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    “If you own a gun and have a swimming pool in the yard, the swimming pool is almost 100 times more likely to kill a child than the gun is.”
    The Chicago Sun-Times.


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  8. slimer13

    slimer13 Deer Park Well-Known Member

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    Hmm, you would expect that in NY or CA, but IA? I guess bubblegum that place too. I will decide the appropriate age for my kids to shoot.
     
  9. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    What the H.
    Never heard of any age law on when kids could shoot.
    That is BS.
    And that woman at the end was a ret-ard.
     
  10. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    8 for my first .22LR hand gun and a .22 Short Gallery Gun at the Fair, 10 for my first shotgun, a 20 gauge that nearly knocked me off my feet. Age restrictions are B.S.
     
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    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    LOL, Got my oldest a Beretta FS-1 12 ga, The first time he fired it at about age 8 it set him straight down on his butt.
    If you have ever fired that lightweight folder, you will understand. Low stock and about 3 1/2 lb.
    It was a mule. Eventually got him an Ithica 20
     
  12. BoonDocks36

    BoonDocks36 Oregon, in the boondocks Christian. Conservative. Male.

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    Dawg Gone, Deen, your older than Dirt!!!! ;)

    philip,
    a youngster at 63.875 years old... Huh?
     
  13. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Hey that ain't old. At 67 were just gettin started.
    Too old to take crap and experienced enough to back it up:drink:
    And we get free huntin and fishin licenses to boot.
     
  14. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Really? I've never hunted in my life and it's been 40 years since I last went fishing and that was netting for smelt. No license required, everyone limited on two scoops, took me three as I didn't go deep enough the first one.


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  15. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    That's what happened to my dad. They gave him a double barrel 10 GA, no instruction, so he put both feet together and fired.


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  16. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Pretty sure my oldest's first magazine of 9mm was around 5 years old. If Oregon had an age law regarding what a child can or can't do with the supervision of his own damn father, I can guarantee you I'd be giving it about as much regard as an email from a Nigerian trust attorney.
     
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    Frito Portland Member

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    This is a great statistic. Can you point us toward the original source?
     
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    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    i think its up to the parent to be a responsible parent and not up to the state to decide how children should be parented or how and what parents can do to be parents.
     
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    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    I grew up in Iowa and can guarantee you, at 14, we were pheasant and rabbit hunting on our own and had been doing so for quite some time. Our biggest hurdles were having the money for ammo and finding someone to drive us to town to buy it.
     
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