Iowa Lawmakers Approve Sale of Suppressors for Firearms

rifles with sound suppressors AP

On Tuesday the Iowa House concurred with the Senate, and a bill to allow the sale of suppressors in the state is now on its way to Governor Terry Branstad’s (R) desk.

Titled the Hearing Protection Act, the bill focuses on the health benefits suppressors provide by protecting the hearing of people who shoot on a consistent basis. According to NRA-ILA the bill also looks at the benefits beginner shooters gain from a quieter shot and less recoil, therefore less “flinch.”

The Hearing Protection Act passed the Senate by a vote of 46-4 and passed the House by a vote of 78-21. If signed by Branstad, Iowa will “become the 42nd state to allow for the sale, use and possession of firearm sound suppressors.”

An ATV Carry Bill is also being considered by the Iowa House at this time; it passed the Senate on Tuesday.  The measure allows Iowans to carry/possess a loaded handgun while operating an all terrain vehicle or a snow mobile.

AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at


Please let us know if you're having issues with commenting.