• What You Need to Know: DNR Conservation Officer Threatens to Take Suppressor From Deer Hunter

    December 6, 2017

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition is now aware of at least one instance where a DNR Conservation Officer has asserted authority to seize a suppressor if the possessor can’t prove legal possession by presenting a Form 4 with a tax stamp affixed. The individual was hunting with an approved caliber and suppressor attached when a conservation officer asked to inspect the weapon and see proof of ownership. Neither state nor federal law requires such presentation, and DNR officials now acknowledge that fact. Iowa Firearms Coalition representatives have addressed this incident with DNR officials and believe it was an instance of confusion in the field.

    We will continue to monitor the situation as Iowa’s firearms deer hunting season continues for the next two weeks. In the meantime, if you or someone you know plans to hunt deer with a suppressor we strongly recommend the following:

    • Those who possess a suppressor or SBR should keep a photo of Form 4 on your cell phone.
    • Make a photocopy of Form 4 and keep it in your gun case for the same purpose
    • Keep the original Form 4 in a safe location. Do not take it to the field.
    • Keep a non-confrontational attitude if questioned.

    If you are hunting and have a similar interaction with a DNR Conservation Officer, please make the Iowa Firearms Coalition aware of it. When state agents overstep, we can use our knowledge of the law and organizational resources to keep them in check. We also want to make sure you have the critical information you need if and when you’re confronted by an overzealous officer. This is yet another example of how IFC serves you and another reason to be an IFC member. If you’re a hunter or knows someone that hunts, please share this information. The last thing we want is for our members to find themselves in trouble.

    Have a safe hunt and thank you for supporting the Iowa Firearms Coalition!


  • National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Advances!

    November 29, 2017

    H.R. 38 Passes the House Judiciary Committee

    H.R. 38 passed the House Judiciary Committee today with a vote of 19-11.

    House Proceedings can be seen here:

    The House chairman left some impressive remarks on the bill that can be viewed here:


    Thanks to everyone who participated in our advocacy campaign to let our Iowa house members know that we expect them to pass concealed carry reciprocity. If you didn’t participate, you can still send an email here before the bill goes to house floor:



  • Action Alert: National Carry Reciprocity Committee Hearing Ahead!

    November 27, 2017

    House Judiciary Committee to Hear National Carry Reciprocity H.R.38!

    Email your elected officials and tell them to PASS H.R. 38 the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. The current minefield of laws and patchwork policies makes accidental criminals out of normally law-abiding citizens. It is time for pro-gun rights Iowans to remind our elected representatives what we expect!

    It is time for our congress to PASS National Carry Reciprocity!

    Click Here to send an email to our representatives stating why they must PASS H.R. 38.




  • Deer Rifle Raffle!

    November 2, 2017

    The ‘other’ significant IFC accomplishment of 2017 was expanding the deer hunting gun season to a variety of rifles. To celebrate this achievement, we are going to be raffling a Marlin 1894 lever action 44 Magnum rifle. This rifle is perfectly legal for deer hunting and will be raffled off in time for you to sight it in and harvest a trophy Iowa whitetail with it. Tickets are being sold for $10 a piece or 3 for $25. The winner will be announced on Thanksgiving Day.

    Due to state gaming laws, we cannot sell online or via mail. Please stop by one of the following IFC partner businesses and buy your raffle ticket (among other things).

              Muscatine – Mitchell Arms and Ammo
             Waterloo – Eagle Center Firearms LLC
    Mason City – Hart Brothers South
              Johnston – CrossRoads Shooting Sports
             Sioux City – American Brothers In Arms
    Indianola – All American Exteriors


  • Immediate Casualty Care 1 Class

    November 2, 2017

    Recent events across the country from natural disasters to horrendous tragedies have once again proven the need for citizens to become proficient in immediate casualty care. As a result, Iowa Firearms Coalition has leveraged our extensive network of professional contacts to provide an Immediate Casualty Care 1 course on December 16th and 17th. This course will be open to everyone, whether you’re a firearm owner or not. Rather than trying to limit individual freedoms and push silly, ineffective bans (as some organizations and legislators are actively trying to do), the Iowa Firearms Coalition is putting proven, life-saving skills into the hands of responsible Iowans.

    This course is specifically designed to give you the skills needed to stop life-threatening bleeding and chest wounds. Students will receive Stop the Bleed training as well as Tactical Combat Casualty Care training that’s been developed specifically for U.S. military forces deployed around the world. This is not your typical first-aid course. Participants will walk away with the knowledge needed to save lives.

    These sessions will be offered at CrossRoads Shooting Sports and Cedar Valley Outfitters. Both of these are valuable, long-time IFC partners and do an excellent job providing quality training to the people of Iowa. Final course details will be released soon. In the meantime, mark your calendars for December 16th and 17th!

  • Leadership Changes

    November 2, 2017

    The next session of the Iowa legislature is fast approaching, and the Iowa Firearms Coalition is gearing up for the next fight to advance your gun rights. We would like to announce some leadership changes within the organization. Barry Snell has stepped down as head of IFC. We’d like to thank him for his dedication and commitment to our cause during his time as President. Kurt Liske, a longtime volunteer, and IFC Vice President has accepted an invitation from the board of directors to assume the duties of IFC President. Nathan Gibson, another longtime volunteer, has stepped up to be the Vice President. Derek Drayer, an IFC member, has come on board as communications director. As we gear up for the 2018 legislative session you can count on the Iowa Firearms Coalition to once again be the leading voice for the Second Amendment in our great state.

  • Happy Independence Day!

    July 4, 2016

    Dear IFC Members,

    240 years ago today, on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress began signing the Declaration of Independence, thus officially severing the American colonies’ allegiance to the Crown of England forever, and setting into motion a war that at times very nearly destroyed us.

    11 years later, on the last day of the Constitutional Convention which was made possible by the Declaration, the representative from Pennsylvania, one Benjamin Franklin, was reportedly approached by a woman.  According to the legend she asked Mr. Franklin, “what have you given us, Sir?”  To which Mr. Franklin famously replied, “a republic, Ma’am, if you can keep it.”

    I know times are tumultuous now.  Our politics is in disarray and it seems like there is great division and discord in America.  But as fragile as it seems right now, it has been because of people like you that for over two centuries we have managed to keep our republic.  78 years after winning our freedom, people like you stood up against slavery.  Then, 100 years ago, the fight was for women’s suffrage, and 60 years ago the fight was against Jim Crow and for the equality of all.  And in 2016, it falls to us that our share of the duty in ensuring freedom for future generations is by standing in the gap and fighting for the rights guaranteed and protected by the Second Amendment.

    You are all a part of a long line of Americans who have stood up for the right thing.  That tradition runs through you, in a straight line leading right back to those early patriots this country reveres so dearly, like Thomas Jefferson, whose glorious and immortal words we remember today:

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security…And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

    These words do not live on a sheet of paper housed under armored glass in Washington D.C.; they live within all of you, and because of that the principles those mere words convey cannot ever be destroyed.  You–all of us together–are the genuine vessel of freedom.  You are the torch bearers, carrying the flame forward until our children and our children’s children can take it up and themselves carry it forward.  And for this truly amazing and sublimely beautiful thing, I give you all my most gracious and humble thanks.  I thank you for doing everything you do to keep American values, virtues, and traditions alive, especially now that they are seemingly under attack from multiple sides.

    And to IFC’s amazing volunteers, I want to express my gratitude to your families as well, for it is because of their sacrifice in time away from you that you are able to do what you do to protect the civil rights of every single Iowan in this state.  Please pass along my thanks to them.

    Happy Independence Day, IFC.  This day is for you!

    With the levity of a joyful heart,
    Proudly standing by you to protect the Second Amendment in Iowa,
    Yours truly,
    Barry B. Snell
    President, Iowa Firearms Coalition

  • Reminder: NRA Board ballots due by May 1 – Vote for Pete Brownell!

    April 25, 2016


    Just a final reminder that if you’re a voting member of the NRA, your ballots for the NRA board are due by May 1, 2016.  To be clear: Your ballot must be in the NRA’s hand on or before May 1, not merely postmarked by then!  So if you haven’t sent your ballot in yet, get it in the mail first thing tomorrow or expedite it.

    While you’re voting, make sure to cast a vote for Pete Brownell on that ballot, too.  Pete, in addition to being the CEO of Brownells, Inc., is also a longtime board member and supporter of the Iowa Firearms Coalition.  So be sure to support someone who supports you–vote for Pete!

    To learn more about Pete Brownell, visit his website here.

  • IFC Hosts Mass Qualification Event

    October 13, 2015

    On October 10, 2015, the Iowa Firearms Coalition hosted a mass-qualification event at Big Springs Shooting Complex near Searsboro, IA.  When Iowa’s “may issue” law changed to “shall issue” in January 2011, tens of thousands of Iowans who were previously unable to get a permit were able to obtain a five year permit. As a result, thousands of Iowans are now faced with renewing their permits and must take a training class in order to renew those permits.


    The event at Big Springs allowed holders of Iowa’s Permit to Carry Weapons (PCW) to get the training certificate required to renew their permits in the upcoming months. To obtain a training certificate, shooters were required to fire a total of 10 rounds from two magazines (5 rounds in each) at an 8″ target at a distance of 8 yards.


    A score of 100% was required to receive a certificate, and shooters were given two chances to achieve this score. One range was used for qualification while a second range was used for shooters to practice with a firearms instructor. IFC intends to host additional events such as this in order to assist Iowans with permit renewals.  All proceeds from this event went to IFC’s PAC, which aims to expand 2nd Amendment freedoms in Iowa.




  • Goddard Zombie Match AAR

    October 8, 2015

    Goddard Regulators put on a “Zombie Outbreak” shoot on October 4 & 5 just north of Colfax, IA.  It was a 4 stage match that included firearm safety, and competitive training for the [tongue-in-cheek] upcoming zombie apocalypse. IFC was happy to help sponsor this fun event with door prizes.

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