Johnston, Iowa — Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says there are new measures he’d support in reaction to recent mass shootings, but an assault weapons ban isn’t one of them.
(as said) “We’ve got to look at things different than just guns,” Grassley says. “I’m a supporter of the Second Amendment…I also think, though, that we do have to do things to make sure the database of the FBI has all the information so people can’t buy guns that shouldn’t have guns.”
According to Grassley, states need to do a better job of forwarding information to the F-B-I about people who shouldn’t be sold guns — felons and those suffering from mental illnesses. Grassley’s not embracing or ruling out the idea of limits on ammunition, for instance restricting the number of bullets that can be fired from an assault-style weapon.
(as said) “I think that’s a whole different issue and can maybe be dealt with without violating the Second Amendment, but I want to see the legislation,” Grassley said. A reporter followed up, asking Grassley: “So you might vote for something that would limit the size of magazines, the number of bullets?” Grassley replied: “I would not say at this point.”
Vice President Biden is expected to unveil his gun safety recommendations to the president on Tuesday. President Obama has publicly expressed support for banning military-style weapons capable of firing a large number of rounds of ammunition in a short amount of time.
(as said) “I would have to say no to that now,” Grassley says. “Passing a law on sale of guns is not going to solve the problem that we had in Connecticut because the Columbine School affair, where 12 people were murdered in Colorado, that was during the ban.”
In 1994 Grassley voted against the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004. Grassley made his comments Friday during taping of the Iowa Press program which airs tonight at 7:30 on Iowa Public Television.
Sheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon thrift store owned by Village Northwest Unlimited celebrated their new facility with a ribbon cutting on Friday (1/11).
The Village Treasure Chest is now in a new, 10,400 square foot building on one and one half acres of land immediately west of the new Hy-Vee store on the north side of Highway 18 in eastern Sheldon. Sheldon City Manager Scott Wynja congratulated the Village on the new building.
Sheldon Chamber and Development President Blake Beahler spoke on behalf of the SCDC.
KIWA’s own Tom Traughber presented Village CEO Barry Whitsell a plaque with a portion of the ribbon from the ribbon cutting.
Whitsell says they simply outgrew their old location.
He says due to the great business in December, they are in need of donations — especially kick-knacks.
The Village Treasure Chest will be open longer than before too. They’re open Monday through Thursday from 9 to 6, and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 4.
Sioux Center, Iowa — An Ireton man was transported to the hospital after an accident on Wednesday (1/9) near Sioux Center.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 1:10 PM, 23-year-old Eric Faber of Sioux Center was driving a 2004 Peterbuilt semi-tractor pulling a 2012 Wilson livestock trailer northbound on Highway 75, about a mile and a half south of Sioux Center. Faber stopped and was waiting for southbound traffic before attempting to make a left turn onto a business driveway. Eighty-two-year-old Martin Prins of Ireton was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Impala northbound on Highway 75 behind Faber and struck the rear of the trailer.
Prins was transported to the Sioux Center Hospital by the Sioux Center Ambulance.
The Wilson trailer sustained about $4,000 in damages. The Chevrolet sustained about $10,000 in damages.
The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Sioux Center Fire Department and Sioux Center Ambulance.
Germantown, Iowa — The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help and The Crime Dusters Program is offering an award for any information on a pair of burglaries in Germantown.
The burglaries both occurred at a bar and restaurant in Germantown in southwest O’Brien County. The bar and restaurant called “The Hideout” was broken into during the early morning hours of December 23, 2012 and again during the early morning hours of January 3, 2013. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken in each of the burglaries.
The Crime Dusters program is offering a $300 reward to anyone who provides information on these crimes that leads to the arrest and conviction of the offenders. You may provide information on this crime or any other crimes by calling the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office at 712-757-3415. They’ll connect you with a deputy sheriff that will take your information.
People can also provide information or tips on crimes by using the “Hot Tip” link or “e-mail” button on the O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office website at obriencountysheriff.com. Arrangements can also be made if you want to remain anonymous but still be eligible for the reward.
Rock Rapids, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man is in the running to be a member of the Republican Party of Iowa Central Committee.
Dr. Cody Hoefert, a doctor of chiropractic from Rock Rapids says this all came about when Tim Moran, a member of the committee submitted his resignation. Hoefert says Moran is QUOTE, “a hard worker very dedicated to the conservative cause and will be a loss and definitely hard to replace.”
Dr. Hoefert says he thinks that the work that the county party has done in Lyon county has a lot to do with why he was asked to run for the committee position.
Hoefert says the replacement member will be selected by the 4th district executive committee which is made up of all the chairs and co-chairs of the 39 county Republican parties. He says the date and time have not been set yet, but it has to be within 75 days of the resignation. However, Hoefert says he has received some help from high places in the state party.
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