Iowa lawmaker calls for retroactive gun bans, confiscations of semi-automatic weapons
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Iowa lawmaker calls for retroactive gun bans, confiscations of semi-automatic weapons

Iowa lawmaker calls for retroactive gun bans, confiscations of semi-automatic weapons
 01/09/2013

David Martosko

Executive Editor

In an interview with the Daily Times Herald in Carroll, Iowa, state Rep. Dan Muhlbauer said governments should start confiscating semi-automatic rifles and other firearms.

Muhlbauer, a Democrat from the western Iowa town of Manilla, is a cattleman and farmer. The newspaper reported that he owns a .410 shotgun, a .22 rifle and a .22 pistol.

“We cannot have big guns out here as far as the big guns that are out here, the semi-automatics and all of them,” Muhlbauer told the newspaper during a December 19 audiotaped interview. “We can’t have those running around out here. Those are not hunting weapons.”

“We should ban those in Iowa,” he said, adding that such a ban should be applied retroactively.

“We need to get them off the streets — illegally — and even if you have them, I think we need to start taking them,” Muhlbauer told the Daily Times Herald. “We can’t have those out there. Because if they’re out there they’re just going to get circulated around to the wrong people. Those guns should not be in the public’s hands. There are just too many guns.”

The newspaper published excerpts from the interview Wednesday morning along with an audio recording of the full 15-minute interview.

“We have to change, and we have to get stricter and tougher with what we do,” Muhlbauer said.

The interview took place in the week immediately following the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that left 20 children dead.“With all these shootings going on we have to start making radical changes and radical choices from what we’ve done in the past,” Muhlbauer said.

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