• NRA Cuts Salaries during COVID19 concerns…

    March 25, 2020

    You’ve all seen these headlines more than likely.  Some among us will point a boney finger and assume the worst.  There are others who aren’t sure what to make of it but understand NRA is doing what they need to do.  Me?  I find myself interested in the facts of the matter.

    NRA’s income isn’t offered up a quarter BILLION dollars at a time, as is Nanny Bloomberg’s anti-liberty, anti-gun network.  Or even like taxpayer-funded entities that work against your civil rights.  No.  The money NRA operates with rests solely on our discretionary giving and membership.  Income from membership is a bit easier to forecast.  Each stable organization can take a glimpse at where they are, review where they’ve been, and make a reasonable assumption on where they’ll end up, all other things being equal.  But giving based on attendance at events?  That’s a bit tougher.

    When NRA holds NRAAM, the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting, donations can often be significant.   When various groups and communities hold “Friends of NRA” banquets, money is generated.  There is giving associated with gun show tables, presence at rallies, and high-profile meetings.  And that is saying nothing about other events all kinds of organizations hold all across America.

    So…  When gatherings cease and folks press the ‘pause’ button on their spending, NRA is in turn compelled to be cautious about their spending and not outdrive their headlights.  Do I believe things will return to normal pretty darned quickly?  Yes.  Is NRA wise to pump the brakes real quick regardless?  Yes.

    Please don’t fear the support you’ll have.  NRA staff members and many at IFC are in daily communication.  And by daily, I mean 7 days a week, not 5.  IFC, as a volunteer org, doesn’t worry about paying a staff.  We do, however, appreciate people continuing to keep their memberships current and offering what they can to our political action committee, IFC PAC.  Your loyalty allows us to keep the ball rolling no matter what and we thank you for it.

    NRA’s posture on spending is a normal reaction to their income.  Don’t let that freak you out.

    You might wonder just how important your NRA State Association (IFC) truly is, especially in times like this.  As noted, NRA and IFC work hand in hand daily.  I can’t stress that enough.  The fate of Iowan’s 2A virtues rests with our ability to work together seamlessly through adversity.  If NRA stumbles, we’re here in Iowa to help grab their arm so they don’t fall.  The inverse is true as well.  I see the notion that “I’m an NRA member, so there’s no need to join IFC”, as one that hasn’t been thoroughly considered.

    As we slowly but surely return to “normal” – and we will get there – there are no excuses to avoid being members of both organizations.  Even as COVID19 began to alter our daily habits, IFC and NRA were helping the Iowa Department of Public Safety and communicating with countless Sheriff’s Offices in successful efforts to quickly maintain and streamline access to Permits to Carry or Acquire.  Did you see anyone else working 7 days a week to protect your civil rights at a time of crisis?  Nope.

    NRA’s posture on spending is a normal reaction to their income.  Don’t let that freak you out.  In this stressful time, it is important that you should know and support those who are on your side.  We are stronger together. If you are not yet a member of IFC, please join with us.
    In liberty,

    Michael Ware – IFC Chairman

  • NSSF – Firearms Accidents at Record Lows!

    March 25, 2020

    NSSF Gratified to See Firearm Accidents Reaching Record Low Level

    NEWTOWN, Conn.—The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) is pleased to report that unintentional firearm fatalities reached their lowest level ever, according to the latest data from the National Safety Council’s just-released Injury Facts Report 2018.

    NSSF, as the trade association for the firearm industry and leading proponent of safe gun handling and storage, applauded the report, which shows fatal firearm accidents at their lowest level since record keeping began in 1903. The firearm industry has for the last two decades provided more than 100 million firearm locking devices with new firearms sold and through its award-winning Project ChildSafe® program—the largest and most comprehensive firearm safety program in the country. The industry’s educational materials are widely distributed to gun owners by firearm manufacturers, retailers, instructors and others nationwide.

    “As an industry that prioritizes firearm safety, it is extremely good news to see this record decline in gun-related accidents,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF’s President and CEO. “It’s gratifying to know that our industry’s gun safety efforts, including our long-running Project ChildSafe firearm safety education program, are contributing to helping save lives.”

    With approximately 100 million gun owners in the country, the data demonstrates that firearms can be safely owned and used and accidents prevented as long as secure storage guidelines are followed. “Securely storing firearms when not in use is the No. 1 way to help prevent accidents, thefts and misuse,” said Bartozzi.

    The National Safety Council data showed that for 2018 there were 458 firearm fatalities, accounting for less than 1 percent of unintentional fatalities from all principal causes. In the last two decades (1998-2018) accidental firearm deaths have declined by 47 percent. “Even one accidental firearm fatality is one too many,” said Bartozzi. “We’re aiming for zero, and this is great progress.”

    With reports of many people purchasing their first firearm due to safety concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, Bartozzi reminds new gun owners to use the safety device that came packaged with their new firearm when their gun is not under their direct control, to strongly consider using an additional safety device such as a lock box or lockable gun case, and to take advantage of the many gun safety resources at ProjectChildSafe.org, such as this video on the 10 commandments of firearm safety.

    Also, with so many children at home because of COVID-19-related school closures, Bartozzi encourages parents to take time to have “the talk” with their kids about gun safety and to use tools such as the McGruff on Gun Safety videos and a video on how parents can talk to their children about gun safety on the Project ChildSafe website.

    Learn more at ProjectChildSafe.org.

    *****

    About Project ChildSafe
    NSSF, the trade association of the firearm industry, launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 (originally as Project HomeSafe). Since 1999, the program has provided more than 38 million free firearm safety kits and gun locks to firearm owners in all 50 states through partnerships with thousands of law enforcement agencies across the country. That’s in addition to the more than 70 million free locking devices manufacturers have included, and continue to include, with new firearms sold since 1998. While helping to prevent accidents among children is a focus, Project ChildSafe is intended to help adults practice greater firearm safety in the home. More information is available at projectchildsafe.org.

    About NSSF
    The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org.

  • NRA Launches FREE Experienced Hunter Ed Course

    March 22, 2020

    NRA Launches Free Experienced Hunter Education Course

    The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce the launch of our latest contribution to the hunting community, the NRA Experienced Hunter Education Course.

    “If you’ve taken a break from the shooting sports or haven’t hunted in a season or two, our Experienced Hunter Education Course is the perfect refresher for firearms safety and safe hunting practices,” explained Elizabeth Bush, managing director of NRA Community Engagement. “Best of all, we’re offering this service completely free of charge.”

    NRA’s Experienced Hunter Education Course in an online review of everything an experienced hunter should know, including a review of firearm safety and safe hunting practices. Though not a substitute for state-mandated hunter safety requirements, it will provide a solid foundation of the fundamentals.

    “The NRA is dedicated to providing our members and supporters with the best safety training possible. Our Experienced Hunter Education Course is a wonderful addition to that commitment,” concluded Bush.

    Free to all, this comprehensive hunting refresher course will help hunters become safer and more confident before heading out into the field. For more information, visit www.nraehe.org and get ready for a safe and successful season.

  • Iowa DNR List of Cancellations

    March 21, 2020
    DNR masthead

    For immediate release

    2020 annual spring sale cancelled

    DES MOINES, Iowa — In light of the Covid-19 and recommendations set forth by the CDC, the Iowa DNR is cancelling this weekend’s spring auction at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

    The auction was scheduled to take place in the Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 21. The public viewing on Friday is also cancelled.

    At this time, no decision has been made whether this event will be rescheduled.


    Parks Day at the Capitol & Gift to Iowa Ceremony

    In light of the Covid-19 and recommendations set forth by the CDC, as well as the suspension of the legislative session and restricted access to the Capitol, the DNR is cancelling both the Parks Day at the Capitol and the Gift to Iowa Ceremony.

    Both events were scheduled to be held on March 25, 2020 at the Capitol.

    Donors scheduled to be recognized at this year’s Gift to Iowa Ceremony are encouraged to participate in the 2021 ceremony. A date has yet to be set.


    Shooting sports/hunter’s safety classes

    In accordance with CDC guidelines, and state recommendations, we are cancelling upcoming classes, field days, workshops, and advanced hunter education offerings through April 30.

    These events are usually held within facilities that are currently closed or prohibiting gatherings of large groups due to the Covid-19.

    The health and safety of our volunteers, participants, and staff is of utmost importance to us, that is why we have these cancellations.

    Due to the cancellation of our in-person hunter education courses and field days, we are recommending the following for hunting this spring: 

    • Anyone ages 15 years and younger are able to participate in hunting activities if accompanied by an adult 18 and older who holds a valid hunting permit.
    • Anyone ages 16 – 17 can purchase an apprentice hunting license to hunt alongside an adult 18 and older who holds a valid hunting permit.
    • Anyone ages 18 and older can complete the required hunter’s safety course online.

    We recognize this is an inconvenience and that it may not be the most desirable option to receive your hunter education certification.


    DNR cancels public meetings in West Union, Decorah

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has canceled its public meetings in West Union and Decorah next week based on guidance from state and national health officials to avoid public gatherings of more than 10 people.

    The meetings were scheduled to discuss chronic wasting disease after it was confirmed in hunter harvested deer in Fayette and Winneshiek counties.

    The Iowa DNR will look for dates closer to deer season to reschedule these meetings.

  • Iowa Governor Reynolds on Weapon Permit Issuance, and more…

    March 20, 2020

    Friends of IFC,

    IFC has been flooded with communication regarding the highs and lows people have experienced when attempting to apply for an Iowa Permit to Carry or Permit to Iowa Acquire in the last week.  County Sheriffs had responded to the current health emergency in different ways,  with some temporarily suspending the issuance and renewal of weapons permits, while others arranged for applications by mail, email, or online.  IFC worked with the Department of Public Safety to communicate ‘best practices’ to Sheriffs early in the week.  This guidance was sent to all 99 Iowa counties. At the same time, IFC was coordinating with DPS, we were working through House and Senate leadership to communicate options for solutions as simple as the use of the mail or other alternatives for the public to receive and submit applications.  The results of these immediate, behind the scenes efforts by IFC have resulted in Governor Reynolds’ proclamation made this morning, which reads:

    WEAPONS PERMITTING PROCEDURES

    SECTION TWELVE.  Pursuant to Iowa Code section 29C.6(6) and 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code section 724.18 requiring personal delivery of applications for permits to acquire pistols or revolvers and direct that each sheriff’s office to formulate and implement a policy for the procedure for accepting applications for permits to acquire pistols or revolvers and applications for permits to carry weapons that shall include in-person drop-off without involving in-person interactions between the public and staff, acceptance by mail, and to the extent practical by electronic means.

    SECTION THIRTEEN.  Pursuant to Iowa Code section 29C.6(6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code sections 724.6, 724.7, and 724.20 regarding professional and nonprofessional permits to carry and permits to acquire pistols or revolvers, in that, for State purposes only, the permit to carry weapons will not expire during this Proclamation.  This suspension will not extend to the ability of the permits to be used to purchase, in lieu of a NICS check, once the permit is past its original expiration date. 

    Thank you, Governor Reynolds, for helping streamline and simplify this process.  IFC members and Iowans at large appreciate it.  Thank you to the House and Senate Leadership which offered assistance in this matter. We enjoy our relationship with you and the spirit of our mutual work.  Thank you to the Department of Public Safety for making the attempt to communicate best practice options to all of Iowa’s Sheriffs.  I only wish more would have promptly listened to the guidance coming from DPS.

    IMPORTANT POINTS

    • Governor Reynold’s proclamation extends expiring weapons permits
    • Governor Reynold’s proclamation allows for the mailing of permit applications to your local Sheriff’s Office
    • Governor Reynold’s proclamation offers email or fax options for permit applications to your local Sheriff’s Office
    • The NICS background check is only valid for 5 years by Federal Regulation – A permit that is beyond its printed expiration date may not be used to purchase a firearm. Instead, a new background check will need to be performed at the point and time of purchase. This can be accomplished at your FFL dealer.

    This proclamation helps make permit application safe and simple during this trying period.  This is a welcome move by Governor Reynolds.  Remember, however, an expired permit beyond its five-year period DOES NOT hold validity to ATF.

    Iowa law grants Sheriffs a thirty-day window in which to either grant or deny a weapons permit to an applicant. Normally, this process should take a few days at most. However, IFC expects that Iowans will understand that Sheriff’s Offices are under exceptional stress at the moment and may also be short-staffed. They are also seeing a surge in public interest for permits. Please exercise patience.

    DOCUMENTATION  

    Iowa Department of Public Safety webpage with links to application, code, and laws.

    Iowa Permit to Carry Application

    Iowa Permit to Acquire Application

    LOOKING FORWARD

    The sudden turmoil and uncertainty of the present emergency has shattered our sense of normalcy and forced us all to seriously consider how we would care for and defend our families in the event of a much greater breakdown in the social order. Many Americans are just beginning to realize that we may all be called upon to be our own “first responder” in times of crisis. The natural right to self-defense – and by extension, the right to keep and bear arms – is fundamental to our safety and security. The Constitution of the United States recognizes that and decrees that it “shall not be infringed.” Yet elected officials, political candidates, bureaucrats, and well-funded special interest groups continue to offer an unending stream of draconian restrictions on those rights.

    This is an election year – and a critical one at that. IFC and IFC’s Political Action Committee will be working hard in the next few months to help you make an informed choice among the candidates. For the sake of our families and their future, we must maintain and strengthen the pro-liberty, pro-2A majorities in the Iowa legislature, especially in the House. If we lose even only the House majority, we will likely never again have an opportunity to pass the Freedom Amendment, which will add strong protections of the right to keep and bear arms to Iowa’s own Constitution.

    Once we have adopted the Freedom Amendment – and as we look back and review the lessons of the current crisis – we will be in a much stronger position than ever before to then eliminate one of the original infringements on our basic rights – the requirement for a government permit to purchase or peaceably carry a defensive weapon.

    Finally, while you’re at home reading in the coming weeks, I suggest you read and commit to memory the Constitution of the United States.  Make use of your time wisely.  Too few people do.

    In liberty,

    Michael Ware – IFC Chairman

  • Scare Tactics vs. Truth

    March 18, 2020

    Friends of IFC,

    Scare Tactics vs. Truth

    Hurricane Katrina opened our eyes to a flaw in government.  Power can be, and all too often is, abused…  As a result, IFC and NRA discussed at length what an “Emergency Powers” bill ought to include in an effort to preempt the kinds of abuses of civil liberty we saw in Louisiana.  We put those thoughts into motion and it took years to accomplish.

    The language prohibiting the violation of fundamental Second Amendment rights under the government’s Emergency Powers was included in the historic passage of HF517 in 2017.  This epic legislation was floor managed in the House by Representative Matt Windschitl and by Senator Dan Dawson in the Senate.  These changes to the law became effective on July 1, 2017.  Iowans now enjoy protections during times like these that too few states offer.

    You’ve all witnessed politicians saying silly things.  Have you seen a passionate address for the Second Amendment?  We witnessed a fantastic display of this during the debate of HF517 direct from the floor.  You may have forgotten THIS VIDEO.  Watch it again.  The Iowa Firearms Coalition and NRA were thinking ahead, working on behalf of our membership, and had the support of a trifecta of 2A friendly legislators in both chambers and the Governor.

    When New York-based con artists are fear mongering about a supposed pending government ban on firearms and ammunition sales, use, and permitting, we’re out in front leading as usual.  In fact, if you’d like to see who registered to support the bill that offers you vital protections now, read down through THIS LIST of declarations.  Did you notice any missing groups?

    If you’d like to read what we placed into law in regard to Emergency Powers, check out 29C.25 of Iowa Code.  I had no idea there would come a time so soon after passage where this would protect me and my family.  I’m grateful Representative Matt Windschitl and Senator Dan Dawson enthusiastically stood up to run those bills and to proactively defend our rights.  Thank you, gentlemen!

    A Few Items of Clarity

    There have been a couple of Sheriff’s Offices that experienced miscommunication in the permitting process given current mandates to decrease physical contact.  Those mistakes were communicated and we thank those counties for swift correction.  The Legislature met with the Governor’s Office to get ahead of future problems.  It appears the lawmakers helped provide some financial flexibility so our Executive Branch could help sidestep whatever landmines will pop up in the near future.  Unlike what is happening in some other state, no suspension of Second Amendment protections came from that collaboration on Monday and Tuesday of this week.  If your county makes a declaration on suspending permitting or carry, just ask them to read 29C.25 linked above and suggest the option of mailing in your permit application.

    When the Session Resumes

    We’ve been in routine contact with Legislative Leadership and it sounds as if the session will resume in the future to finish business.  I suspect an accelerated session with a focus on budget and policy combined.  If this suspicion is correct, be ready for long hours at the statehouse, as they’ll want to conclude work and return home in short order.  If I were a legislator, I too would want to avoid shenanigans and put in extra hours each day to bring things to a close.

    Parting Thoughts

    Understand and adhere to best practices when it comes to this antigen.  Find best practices from the Center for Disease Control here.

    -Coronavirus is spread person to person primarily through coughing on one another, secondarily through infected surfaces
    -Keep your distance and avoid risk, cough into your elbow, wear a mask if you have a cough
    -Clean and wash hands often, use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol or higher, avoid touching your face

    As always, use good sense in all situations.  As people who understand the intent of the Second Amendment, we know better than anyone the sanctity of human life.  We seek to defend it daily.  I’ve heard this virus described as scary by some and an inconvenience by others.  But the truth is if we all buckle down and compartmentalize for a short while this will be over and we’ll have saved some lives that might have otherwise have been lost.  I take solace in that thought.  In the meantime, I’m with my family enjoying board games, lots of books, and the kinds of wholesome fun you have when you’re stuck inside on a rainy day.  I trust this finds you all well.

    In liberty,

    Michael Ware – IFC Chairman

  • 2020 Legislative Session Suspended!

    March 15, 2020

    From the State of Iowa Legislature:

    “Dear Iowa Firearms Coalition:

    This afternoon the House and Senate announced the legislative session will be suspended for a minimum of 30 days following the announcement of community spread in Iowa. The decision was made in consultation with the Department of Public Health and Governor’s Office based on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control related to gatherings of more than 250 people and to protect vulnerable populations.

    The House and Senate will convene on Monday at regular scheduled time to consider resolutions regarding continuity of government to ensure delivery of essential services to Iowans. Previously scheduled subcommittee and committee meetings have been cancelled. Standing committees will be on-call as needed.

    The Capitol building will open on Monday at 11:00 am, with entrances open on the south and west sides. Prior to entering the Capitol all persons will be required to undergo a health screening administered by the Department of Public Health (this includes filling out a health questionnaire and temperature reading). All scheduled events, tours, and receptions at the Capitol are cancelled until further notice.

    Members of the public over the age of 60 or with underlying health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease) are encouraged to avoid the Capitol.”

    What does this mean for us?  It would be logical to assume this was as simple as tapping the “pause” button on things, in order to resume in the near future.  However, we’re going to remain engaged and report out what we learn as this process unfolds.

  • IA DNR sale set for March 21st!

    March 9, 2020

    IA DNR sale set for March 21st!

    DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will hold the 2020 spring auction on March 21, in the Livestock Pavilion on the Iowa State Fairgrounds, in Des Moines. Doors will open at 7 a.m., and the auction will begin at 8:30 a.m.

    The public may view the items for sale and pre-register for the auction from 4 to 6 p.m., on March 20.

    There will not be any buyer’s premium fee added to the sale.

    Items up for auction include more than 600 firearms, bows, gun barrels, scopes, gun cases and other assorted equipment. The items are sold “as is” with no guarantee or warranty.

    Any person interested in purchasing a firearm at the auction must have either a valid Iowa ID and a permit to acquire a firearm, federal firearms dealer license or a conceal carry permit.  The Iowa right to carry permit can be obtained from a sheriff’s office. Allow two to three weeks to receive the permit. No permit is necessary to purchase other items.

    Payment must be made on auction day. All sales are final. All items must be removed from the site within one half hour after the sale completion.

    The Iowa DNR reserves the right to reject any bids and withdraw any item from the sale at any time.

    A sale bill is available online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting and will be updated if inventory is added. The DNR will not be mailing any sale bills. Inquiries can be made with the auctioneer, Auction Solutions www.auctionsolutionsinc.com.

     

     

  • Iowa Hunting News

    March 5, 2020

    DNR to host public meetings to discuss chronic wasting disease

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has scheduled public meetings in Leon, West Union and Decorah after hunter harvested deer in Decatur, Fayette and Winneshiek counties tested positive for chronic wasting disease. It is the first time deer have tested positive in these counties.

    Meetings are scheduled for:

    • March 10, 7 p.m., in the Central Decatur CSD, 1201 NE Poplar, in Leon
    • March 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Holy Name Catholic Church Meeting Hall, 128 North Walnut Street, in West Union
    • March 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Valders Hall of Science Room 206, 700 College Drive, Luther College, in Decorah

    Chronic wasting disease is a neurological disease belonging to the family of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, or prion diseases. It attacks the brain of infected deer and elk causing the animals to lose weight, display abnormal behavior, lose body functions and die. It is always fatal to the infected animal.

    The Iowa DNR has tested nearly 74,000 deer tissue samples for chronic wasting disease since monitoring began in 2002. The disease first appeared in Iowa’s wild deer herd in 2013. So far, there have been 89 positive tests.

    Any person attending the public meeting and has special requirements such as those related to mobility or hearing impairments should contact the DNR or ADA Coordinator at 515-725-8200, Relay Iowa TTY Service 800-735-7942, or Webmaster@dnr.iowa.gov, and advise of specific needs.

    The meetings are open to the public.

  • 2-28-2020 Update from the Capitol

    February 28, 2020

    Friends of IFC – HF2502 passes the House 52-44!

     

    Rep Windschitl’s FB post just before HF2502 debate!

    I noticed the HF2502 vote yesterday was 52-44 on party lines.  I found that equally troubling and disappointing.  Apparently the House Democrats weren’t interested in your civil liberties yesterday.  I’ll admit to you, it can be hard to work with folks who think of you as a law breaker waiting to happen.  It always bothers me that the default position is often, “I can’t trust you, so I’m taking steps,” quickly followed by, “There needs to be compromise as we blend safety with gun rights.”  Sorry people.  There is no such thing as ‘gun rights’ in this world.  There are basic human rights – civil rights if you will.  They are not to be marginalized or compromised upon.  I don’t know why more Democrats don’t support their constituent’s desire to have the personal choice of self defense left to them.  We used to see quite a few bills with overwhelming bipartisan support.  Shall Issue was passed just 10 years ago with a Democrat majority House and Senate and signed into law by a Democrat Governor!  I hope the mindset changes within those who have come to think so little of our liberties.  I really do.  We only back those candidates for office that will protect and embrace the Second Amendment.

    Our current Preemption code can be found in 724.28.  Iowans continue to be bamboozled by local authorities banning self protection under the guise of silly stickers and “Gun Free Zones” as it were.  I wish those magical stickers actually did what the people slathering them all over courthouses, city halls, parks, and public property said they did.  If magical stickers actually accomplished a task, I know a lot of Dads who would instantly place a “No Boys” sticker on their daughters, me included.  …But, the hard core truth is, they’re a false sense of security and wildly irresponsible.  Besides, your lives are every bit as valuable when buying your annual ATV tag at the courthouse as they are when you’re home with your family.  Anyone who says otherwise has a flawed view of the sanctity of human life.

    The vital range protection portion of this bill is pretty straight forward.  However, there are some questions about the Preemption portion of this legislation.  Below is a summary our Chief Lobbyist and Board Member, Richard Rogers, prepared for us to help explain the bill’s contents.  Keep in mind Preemption is in essence, getting ahead of a potential problem by definition.  In this case Preemption disallows a political subdivision (counties, cities, townships) from placing a more restrictive law onto Iowans than exists on the State of Iowa level.

    Here is the summation Richard composed:

    Iowa has long preempted the regulation of firearms to the state. Iowa Code 724.28 has been in effect since April 5, 1990.

    The new “shall issue” system for issuing Permits to Carry Weapons became effective on January 1, 2011. 7242.7(1) states that those permits “…shall be valid throughout the state except where the possession or carrying of a firearm is prohibited by state or federal law.

    In 2017, the General Assembly amended 724.28 to strengthen the prohibition on local regulation of firearms and to ensure that any Iowans who might be adversely affected by local regulations or policies erected in violation of 724.28 would be able to sue for declaratory and injunctive relief for damages.

    Whether taken alone or in combination, these statutes clearly show the intent of the General Assembly to reserve to itself the exclusive authority to limit the issuance and scope of permits to carry weapons.

    Nevertheless, some local governments in Iowa persist in attempting to regulate the otherwise lawful carrying of firearms in direct violation of 724.28. Some examples:

    • Approximately two years ago, the City of Urbandale considered banning firearms in all City owned buildings that were within 1,000’ of a school. After much discussion and education behind the scenes, they were eventually dissuaded from the attempt.
    • The West Des Moines Library has adopted a Library Code of Conduct with nearly thirty rules, one of which bans firearms from the property. The City of West Des Moines has adopted that Code of Conduct as a City Ordinance. Violations of the ordinance are punishable by thirty days in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine. As it pertains to firearms, this ordinance is VOID under 724.28, but there it is – on the books.
    • Last summer, the City of Des Moines considered banning ammunition magazines with a capacity greater than ten rounds. The proponents claimed to believe that magazines are not integral parts of a firearm, but rather are accessories and somehow not included in the protections provided by 724.28. Legislators and citizens alike worked to convince them otherwise and the proposal was dropped.However, had Des Moines tried to regulate firearm suppressors, optical or laser sights, or other firearm accessories, they might have found a legal avenue to do so. Thus, the necessity of this measure to further reform and strengthen 724.28.

    Preemption Reform

    • Iowa issues Permits to Carry Weapons, not “Firearms”. This revision to Iowa Code 724.28 recognizes that and prevents the erection of an unworkable patchwork of local restrictions on any weapons or accessories. This maintains a logical and understandable statewide standard.
     

    This bill (HF2502, formerly HSB615) allows political subdivisions of the state that have a demonstrable need for security screening at certain venues to be exempted from the preemption provisions of Code 724.28 at certain times and places, IF they provide actual security screening and armed security personnel.  Simply posting “No Guns” signs is actually counterproductive and is insufficient to meet this test.

    Here is my summation:

    Richard is a talented and skilled orator.  He can research and scour through code like few I’ve ever witnessed.  His summation above should help anyone grasp what history surrounds Preemption Reform and the nuances of this bill.  Let me put this in my words.

    Firearms Preemption should be guarded like a crown jewel.  Some states don’t even have preemption.  Does anyone remember how awful it was when your permit was issued at the discretion of each of the 99 Iowa County Sheriffs?  Each county had a different policy, and often those policies changed based on the outcome of an election.  Your rights would come and go like the passing of seasons.  Here’s a map in case you have forgotten.

    Adhering to 99 different county variations of a ban, and then adding the possibility of nearly 950 city variations of gun free zones would make us all law breakers.  I’m not sure how anyone could choose self defense options and remain legal.  You’d be banned as you traveled the town, county, or state at any given moment without your knowledge potentially.  Thank your lucky stars, some good legislators, and IFC along with NRA-ILA for Preemption.  Trust me when I write to you, you don’t want to live in a state without it.

    SPECIAL THANKS

    We had a tremendous 2A Lobby Day at the Iowa Capitol yesterday.  After we hit 300 people it was hard to keep track of the rest that came and went.  We’re guessing a solid number to fall between 300 and 350 people by our head count.  To quantify that for you, when Chapter 20 debates were at their peak a few years prior, far fewer turned out.  I’m very proud of my fellow Iowans to say the least.  Representative Steve Holt has tucked this legislation under his arm like the proverbial pig skin, and has shucked and strong armed his way to the goal line for Iowans.  He has earned accolades from us all for his work to protect liberty and freedom.

    2A supporters came by the hundreds!

    I volunteer among great minds and a considerable depth of character with my fellow board members.  IFC’s executive committee is arguably the best we’ve seen.  Our dedicated and persevering volunteer staff put in the work on a daily basis.  Our altruistic team gives up personal time to volunteer at gun shows, work on IT issues, market our ideas, spread our information, manage the membership, return a dizzying number of calls and emails, communicate the current events, and tirelessly liaise with all forms of government officials and elected offices to do the work necessary to ensure your civil liberties.

    I’m not sure my “thanks” is suitable.  Between the IFC volunteers, our membership, and the folks who support us, there has to be another word I can use to express my admiration and gratitude.  When I find it, I’ll use it.  Until then, THANK YOU, for your collective and individual works!

    We have several bills that moving along, but nothing has landed on the Governor’s desk yet.  Let’s get these pieces codified and move forward.  In case you couldn’t join us yesterday, here is a bit of what you missed:

    In liberty,

     

    Michael Ware – IFC Chairman