To these moms, relaxed laws mean a safer future for their kids. Another part of the bill would create a 'stand your ground' law.Right now in Iowa, a person can shoot someone if they break into their home.BETTENDORF, Iowa — These two moms are spending the morning catching up while the kids get their energy out with dad."His next birthday present, at five, will be a BB gun to start practicing," says mom Amber Bratton.While the general age of consent is now set between 16 and 18 in all U. states, the age of consent has widely varied across the country in the past.In 1880, the age of consent was set at 10 or 12 in most states, with the exception of Delaware where it was 7.
In 1998 Mississippi became the last state to remove this provision from its code. forbids transporting a minor (defined as under 18) in interstate or foreign commerce with the intent of engaging in criminal sexual acts in which a person can be charged. Thus, while some conduct covered by the statute is highly culpable, these penalties apply even when consensual sex between someone under the age of eighteen and someone over the age of eighteen is entirely legal under state law, the non-commercial possession of an explicit picture or video clip of the person under the age of eighteen (such as a cell phone photograph of a naked sexual partner, under the age of eighteen, of the person taking the photo) may still constitute a serious federal child pornography felony. § 2251 (such as taking a suggestive cell phone picture of an otherwise legal sexual partner under the age of eighteen without an intent to share or sell the picture), face fines and a statutory minimum of 15 years to 30 years maximum in prison.
The president of the Iowa Firearm Coalition says with more republicans in office, the support for these laws is growing.
Right now in Iowa, a kid has to be 14-years-old to learn how to use a handgun. Opponents of the bill say a child's brain isn't developed enough to understand the consequences that come with firing a gun, but these moms see things differently.
"It's not a bad thing to be teaching them just like their ABC's or how to write," says Bratton.
"Being able to teach your children weapons aren't like toys like a nerf gun, there's a big difference in teaching them this is a real thing with real consequences," says mom Sabrina Even.