Thursday, November 17, 2016
After the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings, this blog shared the story of two young Iowa competitive shooters, Meredith and Natalie Gibson, who are prohibited by law from handling handguns in their home state. After learning of the prohibition, they worked to get legislation passed to change the law. They pushed for The Youth Safety & Parental Rights Act. It would allow youth under the age of 14 to use handguns under the supervision of a parent or guardian. It passed the full House as well as committees in the Senate, but State Senator Steve Sodders, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, would not allow the bill to be brought to a vote. So, Meredith and Natalie Gibson knocked on doors, raised funds, walked in parades and talked to thousands of people. Their goal was to bring about a Republican majority in the Iowa Senate and to unseat Senator Sodders. He’s on his way out now thanks to this year's election and the efforts of these two young ladies. Meredith and Natalie expect to be able to shoot a handgun under the supervision of their dad, Nathan, now that the chief impediment to the Youth Safety and Parental Rights Act will now be gone. Yesterday, they spoke with NRANews Cam and Company host Cam Edwards about this great victory.