Gun owner shows KCRG-TV9 difference between a gun and an air rifle

Gun owner shows KCRG-TV9 difference between a gun and an air rifle

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness wants air rifles to be labeled as firearms or dangerous weapons. But gun rights advocates are already pushing back. They argue the act should be a crime, not the weapon. Last month, a 69-year old man used an air rifle to try and shoot a squirrel at his home in Iowa City The pellet instead hit 20 year old Gabe Heefner , who was driving by. He is currently getting treatment for his injuries. Trent McAtee is the manager at Tactical Creations in Vinton. He says there is a big difference between an air rifle, and a regular gun that shoots bullets. McAtee took TV-9 to a gun range in Benton County where he fired off rounds at a target with two different air rifles. Air rifles use pellets that are much smaller than bullets. He says they are also less harmful to humans than regular guns. He highlights that the air rifles bullets could not penetrate the target he was shooting at. “Not made for a defensive use weapon or anything,” he said. “Made for recreational use like this {gun range}, or hunting small game.” Next, he got out his rifle for target practice to show bullets penetrate through a target. McAtee thinks the Johnson County Attorney is overreacting with her proposal to label air rifles as firearms. He argues criminals won’t obey the law, saying air rifles are already illegal to shoot in Iowa City. “Even if we […]

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