House File 716 - ReprintedA Bill ForAn Act 1relating to firearms requirements for hunting deer.
1   Section 1.  Section 455A.5, Code 2019, is amended by adding
2the following new subsection:
3   NEW SUBSECTION.  7.  For purposes of adopting rules, the
4commission shall define and categorize firearms in a manner
5fully consistent with the definitions established in 18 U.S.C.
6§921 and 27 C.F.R.§478.11.
7   Sec. 2.  Section 481A.48, subsections 5 and 6, Code 2019, are
8amended to read as follows:
   95.  The commission shall establish one or more pistol
10or revolver seasons for hunting deer as separate firearm
11seasons or to coincide with one or more other firearm deer
12hunting seasons. Any pistol or revolver firing a magnum
13three hundred fifty-seven thousandths of one inch caliber or
14larger, centerfire, straight wall ammunition propelling an
15expanding-type bullet
 with a barrel length of at least four
16inches and firing straight wall or other centerfire ammunition
17propelling an expanding-type bullet with a maximum diameter of
18no less than three hundred fifty thousandths of one inch and
19no larger than five hundred thousandths of one inch and with
20a published or calculated muzzle energy of five hundred foot
21pounds or higher
is legal for hunting deer during the pistol or
22revolver seasons. The commission shall adopt rules to allow
23black powder pistols or revolvers for hunting deer. The rules
24shall not allow pistols or revolvers with shoulder stock or
25long-barrel modifications. The barrel length of a pistol or
26revolver used for deer hunting shall be at least four inches.

27 The rules may limit types of ammunition projectiles. A person
28who is sixteen twenty years of age or less shall not hunt deer
29with a pistol or revolverunless that person is accompanied and
30under direct supervision throughout the hunt by a responsible
31person with a valid hunting license who is at least twenty-one
32years of age, with the consent of a parent, guardian, or spouse
33who is at least twenty-one years of age, pursuant to section
34724.22, subsection 5
. The responsible person with a valid
35hunting license who is at least twenty-one years of age shall
-1-1be responsible for the conveyance of the pistol or revolver
2while the pistol or revolver is not actively being used for
A person possessing a prohibited pistol or revolver
4while hunting deer commits a scheduled violation under section
5805.8B, subsection 3, paragraph “h”, subparagraph (5).
   66.  The commission shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 17A
7allowing the use of straight wall cartridge rifles to hunt deer
8as follows:
   9a.  A straight wall cartridge rifle may be used to hunt deer
10during youth and disabled deer hunting season and first and
11second shotgun deer hunting seasons by a person who has a valid
12deer hunting license and is otherwise qualified to hunt.
   13b.  A straight wall cartridge rifle that is allowed pursuant
14to this subsection shall be of the same caliber and use the
15same straight wall or other ammunition as is allowed for
16use in a pistol or revolver for hunting deer as provided in
17subsection 5. In addition, the commission shall provide, by
18rule, for the use of straight wall or other ammunition under
19this subsection that meets ballistics specifications similar to
20the requirements for straight wall or other ammunition allowed
21for use in a pistol or revolver for hunting deer as provided in
22subsection 5.
   23c.  A person possessing a prohibited rifle while hunting deer
24commits a scheduled violation under section 805.8B, subsection
253, paragraph “h”, subparagraph (6). In addition, the hunting
26privileges of a person convicted of possessing a prohibited
27rifle while hunting deer shall be suspended for two years.