Bill Text: IA HF716 | 2019-2020 | 88th General Assembly | Amended


Bill Title: A bill for an act relating to firearms requirements for hunting deer. (Formerly HF 179.)

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (? 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-03-25 - Subcommittee: Cournoyer, Celsi, and Shipley. S.J. 728. [HF716 Detail]

Download: Iowa-2019-HF716-Amended.html
House File 716 - Reprinted HOUSE FILE 716 BY COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY (SUCCESSOR TO HF 179) (As Amended and Passed by the House March 20, 2019 ) 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 HF 716 (3) 88 js/rn/md
H.F. 716 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, subsections 5 and 6, Code 2019, are 7 amended to read as follows: 8 5. The commission shall establish one or more pistol 9 or revolver seasons for hunting deer as separate firearm 10 seasons or to coincide with one or more other firearm deer 11 hunting seasons. Any pistol or revolver firing a magnum 12 three hundred fifty-seven thousandths of one inch caliber or 13 larger, centerfire, straight wall ammunition propelling an 14 expanding-type bullet with a barrel length of at least four 15 inches and firing straight wall or other centerfire ammunition 16 propelling an expanding-type bullet with a maximum diameter of 17 no less than three hundred fifty thousandths of one inch and 18 no larger than five hundred thousandths of one inch and with 19 a published or calculated muzzle energy of five hundred foot 20 pounds or higher is legal for hunting deer during the pistol or 21 revolver seasons. The commission shall adopt rules to allow 22 black powder pistols or revolvers for hunting deer. The rules 23 shall not allow pistols or revolvers with shoulder stock or 24 long-barrel modifications. The barrel length of a pistol or 25 revolver used for deer hunting shall be at least four inches. 26 The rules may limit types of ammunition projectiles . A person 27 who is sixteen twenty years of age or less shall not hunt deer 28 with a pistol or revolver unless that person is accompanied and 29 under direct supervision throughout the hunt by a responsible 30 person with a valid hunting license who is at least twenty-one 31 years of age, with the consent of a parent, guardian, or spouse 32 who is at least twenty-one years of age, pursuant to section 33 724.22, subsection 5 . The responsible person with a valid 34 hunting license who is at least twenty-one years of age shall 35 -1- HF 716 (3) 88 js/rn/md 1/ 2
H.F. 716 be responsible for the conveyance of the pistol or revolver 1 while the pistol or revolver is not actively being used for 2 hunting. A person possessing a prohibited pistol or revolver 3 while hunting deer commits a scheduled violation under section 4 805.8B, subsection 3 , paragraph “h” , subparagraph (5). 5 6. The commission shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 17A 6 allowing the use of straight wall cartridge rifles to hunt deer 7 as follows: 8 a. A straight wall cartridge rifle may be used to hunt deer 9 during youth and disabled deer hunting season and first and 10 second shotgun deer hunting seasons by a person who has a valid 11 deer hunting license and is otherwise qualified to hunt. 12 b. A straight wall cartridge rifle that is allowed pursuant 13 to this subsection shall be of the same caliber and use the 14 same straight wall or other ammunition as is allowed for 15 use in a pistol or revolver for hunting deer as provided in 16 subsection 5 . In addition, the commission shall provide, by 17 rule, for the use of straight wall or other ammunition under 18 this subsection that meets ballistics specifications similar to 19 the requirements for straight wall or other ammunition allowed 20 for use in a pistol or revolver for hunting deer as provided in 21 subsection 5 . 22 c. A person possessing a prohibited rifle while hunting deer 23 commits a scheduled violation under section 805.8B, subsection 24 3 , paragraph “h” , subparagraph (6). In addition, the hunting 25 privileges of a person convicted of possessing a prohibited 26 rifle while hunting deer shall be suspended for two years. 27 -2- HF 716 (3) 88 js/rn/md 2/ 2
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