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Group opposes Iowa bill that would allow handguns for kids

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DES MOINES (AP) -

Gun control advocates are reiterating their opposition to legislation that would allow a child of any age in Iowa to use a handgun with a parent's supervision.

The Rev. Cheryl Thomas with Iowans for Gun Safety said Monday at a press conference that the legislation, which passed recently in the House, would increase gun violence in Iowa.

The Senate is considering a similar bill but leaders have indicated it would require some changes to advance.

The bill would allow children under 14 to use a handgun with a parent's supervision. It would also remove mandatory background checks on some handgun purchases, removing a de facto three-day waiting period, among other things.

Supporters say the legislation will create uniformity across the state for people seeking gun permits and renewing them.

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