• HJR 13 Iowa RKBA Amendment House Subcommittee Hearing Scheduled!

    January 22, 2018

    HJR 13 RKBA Amendment has a House Subcommittee date: 12 PM Thursday, Jan. 25. Room 102, Supreme Ct. Consultation Room.

    Come out and support the biggest accomplishment of gun rights in Iowa yet!

    The subcommittee consists of Rep. Windschitl, Rep. Rizer, and Rep. Bennett.


  • Anti-Gun Leader Makes Delusional Claim

    January 14, 2018

    Does this look like the face of the middle ground in the gun debate?


    Former Moms Demand Action Chapter Leader and face of gun control in the state of Iowa, Amber Gustafson is running for elected office in 2018. She is attempting to take her anti-gun, anti-freedom platform straight to the Capitol as she challenges Jack Whitver in Iowa Senate District 19, which includes the Ankeny area.

    The opposition to the Second Amendment in Iowa has never gained any traction or had an impressive presence. However, whenever a group of a dozen or so moms tried to rally in opposition to guns, Amber was there. She also used the following words to describe her approach to dealing with gun owners:

    “Mothers are used to getting toddlers and teenagers to do things they don’t want to do,” she said

    She also said: “We don’t take ‘no’ for an answer, but we will bring cookies,” as she explained her plan to have Iowans trade freedom for cookies. We think Amber Gustafson can keep her cookies and her lies. This is why we are calling her out this week for her outrageous tweet. Don’t let our friends in the Ankeny area be fooled by her delusional claims of being a moderate on gun rights. With the Second Amendment being a winning issue in Iowa, it is no wonder she is trying to distance her campaign from her radical anti-gun agenda.

    Do you want Amber to be the face of the Iowa Senate? If not, please consider supporting IFC PAC as we do our best to keep her out of the Capitol. 










  • 2018 Second Amendment Day Announced

    January 14, 2018







    The Iowa Firearms Coalition would like to invite all pro-gun, freedom-minded Iowans to the Capitol for our annual Second Amendment Day. Come out, meet IFC’s lobbyists and leaders, meet your fellow Second Amendment advocates, but most importantly meet your legislators and make your voice heard in the absolute best way possible, face-to-face. In the last few years, we have been fortunate enough to watch the house debate and pass our gun bills. We can’t promise anything yet, but this day is the best way to present the unified voice of those who support gun rights in Iowa.


  • Iowa State Senator Bolkcom Proposes Gun Control

    January 14, 2018

    Notoriously anti-gun Senator Joe Bolkcom proposed SF2025 this week, a measure that seeks to make it a criminal offense to possess a dangerous weapon on any property that displays a “No Weapons” sign. Under current law,“No Firearm” signs in Iowa have no force of law unless they are posted on property that is specifically mentioned in State Law as being off limits to those with a Permit/License to Carry. If you are in a place not explicitly mentioned in the law that is posted and they ask you to leave,  you must leave. Anti-gunners are trying to promote signs banning weapons as well as complicate the carrying of weapons and make criminals out of well-intended people who carry.

    Iowa Firearms Coalition will work to defeat this bill and is currently the only organization registered against this bill.

    Senator Joe Bolkcom: joe.bolkcom@legis.state.ia.us

  • 2018 Legislative Session Is Underway

    January 8, 2018

    The 2018 Legislative session has been gaveled in and I want to get everyone on the same page as far as where we’re at, where we’re going this session and where we’ve come from. First off, the Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) and the state of our organization. I’m confident saying that IFC is the strongest we’ve ever been. IFC’s leadership team has grown, and our capabilities have improved as a result. Our primary focus has always been legislative work, and that will remain, but expect to see growth in other areas as well the year goes on.

    As we rack up more and more victories, IFC grows stronger. As we claw back chunks of our individual liberties, we get stronger. Whenever and wherever Iowans exercise their right to keep and bear arms and pass their love of freedom on from one generation to the next, we get stronger. Our strength comes from you, engaged Iowans willing to step up and make your voice heard in Des Moines and your community.

    IFC’s ability to harness your love of freedom is only possible because of our supporting members. More than 3 million Iowans are more free today than they were ten years ago because Iowans like you said it’s time we started putting our money where our mouth is and start supporting those fighting for us in the state capitol. That was the genesis of the Iowa Firearms Coalition and as that happened around the positive state things began to follow suit. Shall Issue. Legalized suppressors. ATV Carry. Stand Your Ground. Short Barrel Rifles. Youth Shooting. Permit Privacy. All these victories and more are directly related to the growing number of IFC members.

    In 2017 IFC made history with the passage of House File 517, a bill was effectively 20 pro-Second Amendment laws rolled into one massive victory. But that was then, and this is now. In a few days we begin our most ambitious endeavor yet: amending the Iowa’s state constitution.

    2018 (and beyond)
    After passing the most significant gun bill in the state history, plenty of people are now asking “How do you follow that up?” “What else could you possibly want?” “What now?!?” The answer is simple; there’s no shortage of work left to be done. For starters, the Iowa Supreme Court, under the leadership of Chief Justice Mark Cady, seems to think it’s OK for them to flaunt constitutional law and state law by enacting weapons bans in areas where they have zero jurisdiction. This is an issue that’s much bigger than whether or not you can carry in this place or that; it’s about the Iowa Supreme Court, their established pattern of judicial overreach and justices like Mark Cady thinking they have a right to dictate new laws rather than merely interpret the law. This constitution defying behavior affects all Iowans, but if we gun owners won’t stand fast in the face of this gross judicial overreach can we honestly expect anyone else to?

    Putting the Iowa Supreme Court in its place is a priority. Getting the state to acknowledge the fact that Iowans’ rights don’t start and stop based on their location is another priority. When we passed Shall Issue in 2010, there were 39,000 Permit to Carry holders in Iowa.. Since then we’ve seen a sevenfold increase Iowa permit holders. There are now more than 275,000 permit holders in our state going about their lives in peace every single day. There’s no reason law abiding citizens like you should instantly be turned into felons because you decided to exercise your rights in the county courthouse or at the state fairgrounds or while picking your kids up from school.

    Finally, and most critically, we have to plug the massive hole in our state constitution. Iowa is one of only six states in the country whose state constitution has no Right to Keep and Bear Arms claus. Put another way; there’s no ‘Second Amendment’ in our Iowa Constitution. This is a problem. A major problem that needs fixing as soon as possible. Without a Right to Keep and Bear Arms provision in our state constitution everything we’ve accomplished — Stand Your Ground, suppressors, SBRs, Shall Issue, etc. — could be wiped out by a runaway legislature or overzealous set of judges on our state supreme court who thinks they have the right to dictate their version of state gun law — sound familiar??? All it would take is either of these entities declaring that all previous gun laws in Iowa are void and suddenly hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Iowans become criminals. When challenged all they have to do is merely ask “Where in the state constitution does it say Iowans have any right to keep bear arms?” The sad part is, they’d be right. This God-given, natural right doesn’t exist according to state law. This must be changed.

    Yes, this scenario would be a violation of the federal Second Amendment and yes we could attempt to get this overturned by United States Supreme Court. But that process is long and fraught with legal hearings, appeals and delays and takes many years to fix. Meanwhile, law-abiding Iowans could be left to live with the unconstitutional mess created by these freedom loathing anti-gunners. So we have two choices: continue rolling the dice with our rights -OR- we bear down, amend our state constitution, enshrine our right to keep and bear arms in Iowa and in the process stop this nonsense from ever starting.

    It’s also worth noting that a Delaware gun ban in state parks was recently overturned because it violated the right to keep and bear arms provision in the state’s constitution.

    These should be reason enough to amend the state constitution, but if you need more convincing, look at the lousy company we’re in. There are only five other states without a RKBA clause in their state constitution — New York. New Jersey. California. Maryland. And Minnesota. None of these states recognize their citizen’s right to keep and bear arms. I don’t know about you, but by and large, these are not the states I like being associated with.

    How do we get there?
    Make no mistake, amending the state constitution is not an easy task. In fact, it’s the most difficult task we can take on. It isn’t a matter of just introducing a bill and getting it passed by the legislature. If everything goes smoothly the absolute soonest we can get this done is 2020. The required path to a constitutional amendment looks like this:
    2018 (Iowa’s 87th General Assembly) – Get the legislature to pass a bill with the RKBA language we want to be added to the state constitution.
    November 6th, 2018 – Elect another pro-Second Amendment majority in the Iowa House of Representatives, Senate and maintain a pro-Second Amendment governor.
    2019/2020 (Iowa’s 88th General Assembly) – Pass the same bill from 2018 during the legislature’s 88th General Assembly
    November 3rd, 2020 – Statewide vote of the people on whether or not to add the approved Right to Keep and Bear Arms language to the Iowa Constitution. Needs a simple majority to pass. Read more →

  • Des Moines Register Continues to Attack Gun Rights…

    December 13, 2017

    The voice of gun owners has yet again fallen on deaf ears at the Des Moines Register. The same people who have bashed every gun bill year after year have now taken aim at national carry reciprocity.

    The people:


    The DMR editorial board:

    The Des Moines Register has attacked every pro-gun bill in Iowa for the last five years and always adds a dire prediction of blood in the street. The editorial board and radical frequent posters are consistently pressing an extreme anti-gun agenda that doesn’t match what Iowans want. On the same day of the editorial board’s release, the Des Moines Register also released a new poll showing that Iowans still overwhelmingly reject gun control. The biased media, celebrities, late night hosts, and others are still waging a losing battle. Share this information with a fellow gun-owner and stay tuned to IFC for the upcoming fight for a constitutional right to keep and bear arms amendment.

  • 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