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GUN LAWS: Muhlbauer Backtracks

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The Republican Party of Iowa is capitalizing on a Democratic lawmaker’s call for seizing certain guns from Iowans.

Last month, Representative Dan Muhlbauer told the Carroll Daily Times newspaper that semi-automatic weapons need to be taken off the street, no matter how it’s done.

“We need to get them off the streets illegally and even if you have them we need to start taking them, we can’t have those out there. Because if they’re out just circulated around to the wrong people. Those guns should not be in public hands.”

Those words have since gained national attention as they spread on the internet.

Thursday, Muhlbauer told the same Carroll paper that his emotions got the best of him in the wake of the Newtown, CT shooting and he doesn’t want to see legally-owned weapons seized.

The statement Muhlbauer released to the paper reads in part, “As a gun owner and hunter myself, I respect the 2nd amendment and the rights of other gun owners … I do believe it’s time to have a respectful conversation in our community about these terrible tragedies without demonizing one another or letting the extremes on either side dominate the debate.”

Although the lawmaker stood firm on his views on assault weapons, “At the federal level, I do believe a ban on military-style assault weapons should be part of the discussion.”

The Republican Party of Iowa sent out an e-mail Thursday asking for donations in the name of defeating Muhlbauer in 2014.