- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Younger children could use guns with their parents’ approval under a bill approved by a House panel.

A judiciary subcommittee unanimously approved the bill Tuesday. It now heads to a full committee.

Rep. Matt Windschitl, a Missouri Valley Republican, sponsored the bill, which also includes a provision blocking public access to the names of people with permits to carry and purchase weapons.

The bill also would allow purchases of suppressors to silence firearm.

People now must be at least 14 to use a pistol or revolver. Windschitl says the limit should be removed, leaving the choice to parents.

Most discussion at the hearing was about the public access questions. Windschitl says the change would protect residents’ privacy. The Iowa Newspaper Association says the public has a right to such records.

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