DES MOINES – A Senate panel approved legislation Monday that makes it illegal for someone to refuse a blood-alcohol content test while carrying a firearm.
The bill, which now goes to the Senate for a vote, treats a gun permit similar to a driver’s license in that a person could lose their permit if they are found to be intoxicated while using their firearm.
Refusal to submit to a blood-alcohol content test when an officer has a reasonable suspicion that someone is intoxicated would result in automatic forfeiture of the license, just as a driver’s license is forfeited if a motorist refuses a breathalyzer when pulled over on the suspicion of drunken driving.
Sen. Kent Sorenson, R-Indianola, was one of six senators on the committee to vote against the bill.
Meanwhile, a House panel delayed a vote on the so-called “stand your ground” bill that says a person can use deadly force to protect themselves or another person as long as they are in an area lawfully.
This is a change from current law which says a person can use deadly force to protect their home, place of business or place of employment.
Rep. Matt Windschitl, R-Missouri Valley, who is the sponsor of the legislation, said it will be taken up this afternoon.
Windschitl said the delay was needed to “make sure the language is correct.”