DES MOINES, Iowa --The much-awaited anticipation of a full gun rights debate in the Iowa Senate Tuesday afternoon didn't end up being much of a debate at all.
Senators spent nearly five hours on and off in private strategy sessions on what do to about the legislation.
Three weeks ago, the house overwhelmingly passed a series of changes to the state's guns laws including: essentially eliminate the mandatory 72-hour wait for background checks in private gun sales, allow children under 14 to use hand guns with adult supervision and keep private the information of Iowans who have gun permits.
But Democrats, who hold a two-seat majority in the 50-seat senate, chose to instead take up a bill legalizing the use of gun suppressors. That passed 46 to 4.
They didn't take up the broader guns rights package passed by the house. And senators chose to spend little time debating the suppressor bill.