Iowa City Marine shooting brings scrutiny of Iowa air rifle regulations

Iowa City Marine shooting brings scrutiny of Iowa air rifle regulations

Codi Heefner (right) talks to her son, Gabe Heefner, as he is put into an ambulance Wednesday in the emergency department ambulance bay at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Gabe, who was shot in the head by a projectile fired from an air rifle, was transported to a rehabilitation facility in Chicago. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette) Well-wishers applaud Wednesday during a send-off as an ambulance carrying Gabe Heefner drives past in Iowa City. Heefner, who was shot in the head by a projectile fired from an air rifle, was driven to rehabilitation facility in Chicago. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette) IOWA CITY — A “loophole in the law” that local authorities hope to close has prevented the Johnson County Attorney’s Office from pressing serious charges against the man identified as shooting a projectile into the head of a passing Marine and badly injuring him. Iowa City police say that on Oct. 17, Philip Olson, 69, was shooting at a squirrel in his yard with an air rifle but missed and instead hit Lance Cpl. Gabe Heefner, 20, as he was driving by on Highway 6 near Sycamore Street. The Marine, who crashed after being shot, was severely injured. Last week he was transferred from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to a clinic in Chicago. Olson faces fines for violating city code and Iowa Department of Natural Resources regulations after he voluntarily came forward to police shortly after the shooting. But authorities say they were blocked […]

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