Iowa Lawmaker on 'Semi-Automatic' Firearms: 'I Think We Need to Start Taking Them'

Pete Winn
By Pete Winn | January 7, 2013 | 3:21 PM EST

( - A Democratic state lawmaker in Iowa told an Iowa newspaper he not only wants semi-automatic weapons banned in his state, he would like to see the weapons confiscated from anyone in Iowa who has already bought them.

“We cannot have big guns out here as far as the big guns that are out here, the semi-automatics and all of them,” Rep. Dan Muhlbauer (D-Manilla) told the Carroll (Iowa) Daily Times-Herald. “We can’t have those running around out here. Those are not hunting weapons. We should ban those in Iowa.”

Staff writer Douglas Burns reported that Muhlbauer supports a statewide ban and a voluntary buy-back plan, “but he would go further if needed” -- and that “the state of Iowa should take semi-automatic weapons away from Iowans who have legally purchased them prior to any ban that is enacted if they don’t give their weapons up in a buy-back program.”

“Even if you have them, I think we need to start taking them,” Muhlbauer was quoted as saying. “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.”

Presumably, Muhlbauer’s confiscation idea -- if ever adopted --would include the semi-automatic weapon owned by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).

During his re-election campaign in 2012, the conservative King disclosed that he owned an AR-15, which he uses to control coyotes on his rural property in Western Iowa.

Muhlbauer’s state legislative district lies within the Fourth Congressional District that Rep. King represents in the U.S. Congress.

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