Iowa critics of proposed gun-accessory laws send complaints to Des Moines ... Washington

Iowa critics of proposed gun-accessory laws send complaints to Des Moines … Washington

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Glory Parks, a City of Des Moines employee, holds a Des Moines city flag while she waits outside Des Moines City Hall for former Iowa Gov. Robert Ray’s funeral procession on Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Des Moines. (Photo: Bryon Houlgrave/The Register) The news Monday that the Des Moines City Council is considering banning the possession of bump stocks and high-capacity magazines upset some Iowans. But when those Iowa correspondents emailed their complaints to the council, at least five of them accidentally sent their displeasure more than 1,400 miles west to a city on the eastern bank of the Puget Sound: Des Moines, Washington. It’s a fairly common mixup, said Bonnie Wilkins, the Seattle suburb’s city clerk. She’ll see three or four inquiries a week sometimes. But the five people whose complaints arrived in her inbox Monday night and Tuesday morning had specific qualms. “They’re pretty upset about the proposed ordinance the council will be looking at,” Wilkins said. One correspondent asked the council to read the U.S. Constitution, and another said Des Moines (Iowa) residents should be able to voice their opinion on the council’s proposals. A third person said they were disgusted by the city’s "alarmist response." The Des Moines City Council (Iowa) is expected to consider the bans in July. Council members instructed city staff to craft ordinance language banning the magazines and bump stocks on Monday night, and two members of the Polk County Board of Supervisors are looking into a similar proposal. On the […]

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