House File 179 - Introduced HOUSE FILE 179 BY WINDSCHITL A BILL FOR An Act relating to firearms requirements for hunting deer. 1 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 2 TLSB 1881YH (3) 88 js/rn
H.F. 179 Section 1. Section 455A.5, Code 2019, is amended by adding 1 the following new subsection: 2 NEW SUBSECTION . 7. For purposes of adopting rules, the 3 commission shall define and categorize firearms in a manner 4 fully consistent with the definitions established in 18 U.S.C. 5 §921 and 27 C.F.R. §478.11. 6 Sec. 2. Section 481A.48, subsection 5, Code 2019, is amended 7 to read as follows: 8 5. The commission shall establish one or more pistol or 9 revolver seasons for hunting deer as separate firearm seasons 10 or to coincide with one or more other firearm deer hunting 11 seasons. Any pistol or revolver with a barrel length of at 12 least four inches and firing a magnum three hundred fifty-seven 13 thousandths of one inch caliber or larger, centerfire , straight 14 wall ammunition propelling an expanding-type bullet is legal 15 for hunting deer during the pistol or revolver seasons. The 16 commission shall adopt rules to allow black powder pistols or 17 revolvers for hunting deer. The rules shall not allow pistols 18 or revolvers with shoulder stock or long-barrel modifications. 19 The barrel length of a pistol or revolver used for deer hunting 20 shall be at least four inches. The rules may limit types of 21 ammunition. A person who is sixteen twenty years of age or 22 less shall not hunt deer with a pistol or revolver unless that 23 person is accompanied and under direct supervision throughout 24 the hunt by a responsible person with a valid hunting license 25 who is at least twenty-one years of age, with the consent of a 26 parent, guardian, or spouse who is at least twenty-one years 27 of age, pursuant to section 724.22, subsection 5 . A person 28 possessing a prohibited pistol or revolver while hunting deer 29 commits a scheduled violation under section 805.8B, subsection 30 3 , paragraph “h” , subparagraph (5). 31 EXPLANATION 32 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 33 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 34 Current law requires the natural resource commission to 35 -1- LSB 1881YH (3) 88 js/rn 1/ 2
H.F. 179 establish rules that prohibit the use of pistols and revolvers 1 with shoulder stock or long-barrel modifications when hunting 2 deer. Current law also prohibits a person under the age of 16 3 from hunting deer with a pistol or revolver. 4 This bill requires the commission to define and categorize 5 firearms to be consistent with federal definitions. The bill 6 also allows a person 20 years of age or less to hunt using a 7 pistol or revolver if the person is under direct supervision of 8 a person who is at least 21 years of age with a valid hunting 9 license, and has consent from a parent, guardian, or spouse who 10 is at least 21 years of age. 11 -2- LSB 1881YH (3) 88 js/rn 2/ 2