• Iowa Gun-Control Bills Have A Windschitl Problem

    January 30, 2019

    It’s no secret that after some hard work in the 2018 Midterms, Iowans retained a pro-Second Amendment majority in the Iowa Legislature. Today we see why that is so important. IFC confirmed with Iowa House Representative and Second Amendment champion, Matt Windschitl that the storm of gun-control bills proposed since the open of the session is as good as gone.

    The anti-gun bills are toast because all of these bills have been given subcommittee assignments with Pro-2A legislators Matt Windschitl and Jarad Klein. Both of these legislators have a consistent record and unquestioned reputation for advocating on behalf of gun owners in Iowa.

    Representative Matt Windschitl (R)

    Statement from Rep. Windschitl: “Today the House Public Safety Committee assigned all of the gun-control bills to me, so you can be assured that these bills will not be moving forward because I don’t do gun control unless it means the government has none and the law-abiding citizen has full control.”

     

    Representative Windschitl also informed us that the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Amendment would be moving forward shortly. This update is excellent news on both fronts. Usually, we would have to wait until the legislative funnel to confirm that anti-gun bills will not advance. We are fortunate to have the gun-control legislation assigned to two NRA and IFC endorsed representatives. Here is a list of the legislation that is no longer being considered in Iowa:

    • Universal Background Checks HF 92
    • May Issue HF 115
    • Stolen Gun Penalty HF 116
    • Firearm Violence Protective Orders HF 123
    • Magazine Ban HF 124
    • Semi-Auto Weapon Ban HF 125
    • Universal Background Checks HF 127
    • Bump Stock Ban HF 126
    • Firearm Transfer Restrictions HF 127

     

    The latest elections have brought legitimate legislation concerns to gun owners in several states where anti-gun legislators gained the majority. Our neighbors in Illinois and Minnesota have their rights in severe jeopardy and a handful of other states are debating terrible measures like the ones we won’t be wasting our time with in the state of Iowa.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition is proud to stand by Rep.Windschitl and Rep. Klein as they eliminate these terrible  gun-control bills from consideration.

    Join our 100% volunteer coalition at http://membership.iowafc.org/

     

  • IFC Opposes “Firearms Violence Protective Orders”

    January 28, 2019

    Imagine your government making you guilty until proven innocent and completely circumventing due process. It’s not just the Second Amendment you’re being deprived of with Emergency Firearm Violence Protective Orders (EFVPO), but it also completely ignores the Due Process Clause of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. It’s simple. You get accused and then if you can afford a good lawyer, then maybe you’ll get your constitutional rights restored – eventually. Maybe.

    Four Iowa House Representatives are now proposing “Firearm Violence Protective Orders” to create a process to stop a flagged individual from possessing, shipping, transporting or receiving a firearm when subject to an Emergency Firearm Violence Protective Order.

    Firearm Violence Protective Orders have three categories

    • Temporary Emergency Firearm Violence Protective Orders – A law enforcement officer can orally request approval from a judge outside of regular hours to impose a 21-day EFVPO that would prohibit the accused from possessing a firearm if that judge finds a reasonable cause to issue the order.
    • Ex-Parte Temporary Firearm Violence Protective Order –  An immediate family member or law-enforcement officer may file a petition to the court to issue an EFVPO if the accused demonstrates a substantial likelihood that he or she poses a significant danger, in the near future, of a physical injury to the accused self or others by being in possession of a firearm. This order is also valid for 21 days until a court can determine if the request should be extended for up to one year.
    • Firearm Violence Protective Order – Following the temporary EFVPO, a court will determine if the restriction on firearm possession should be extended for up to one year. What behavior would subject someone to a one-year restriction? The court will evaluate if the accused person in the last six months displayed a pattern of violent acts, reckless use or brandishing of an offensive weapon, a threat of violence, or any other evidence that is indicating an increased risk for violence.

    It’s tough to imagine a judge getting a phone call from a police officer with a request for an EFVPO and denying it. The backlash if they were wrong would be public and painful to the media, so why would they risk it? The threshold of evidence for protective orders is low so it is not tough to imagine that these would be any different.

    The problem is that this system could be or will be abused. We are essentially offering a blank check with our right to due process and to keep and bear arms in the balance.

    A false accusation, bogus charges, civil defamation, or a disingenuous smear on someone could place a person in a complex and expensive “Pre-Crime” process during which they are stripped of their basic rights. Brandishing a firearm? Could that be a picture on social media with a gun at a shooting range or a hunt? Giving our state and our notoriously anti-gun Attorney General Tom Miller, a blank check seems too dangerous.

    The history of civil forfeiture cases reminds us that the government has taken property away from people who were doing nothing wrong and who are never convicted of any crime, and they often spend years trying to get that property back with the burden of proof being on them, not on the government. And false accusations should be treated as an attempt to deny a person’s civil rights and prosecuted. (Greg Camp)

    HF-123 is another scheme from gun-control advocates that sounds good to the uninitiated or at a glance but is a threat to the essential rights of Iowans. Nobody should be barred from possessing a firearm with a process as simple as someone filing a report with the police. Due process is as valuable of a right as gun ownership and spelled out in both our state and federal constitutions. It is no coincidence that the four people who sponsored this legislation also sponsored the ban of semi-automatic weapons just a day before this bill was entered.

    What do we do now? This bill isn’t going anywhere in the Iowa House. However, should the pendulum swing and the minority party take over the House in 2020, it is game on for terrible legislation like this. Remind your legislators through email, phone, or in person that legislation like this is dangerous and not what Iowans want. Also, stay active with IFC through membership in our 100% volunteer coalition and by subscribing to our email alerts.

    IFC is registered AGAINST HF-123.

    Contact information is below for the four representatives who co-sponsored this legislation.

    Contact Info:

    Bruce Hunter – bruce.hunter@legis.state.ia.us

    Art Staed – art.staed@legis.iowa.gov

    Mary Mascher – Mary.Mascher@legis.iowa.gov

    Vicki Lensing –  Vicki.Lensing@legis.iowa.gov

     

     

     

     

     

  • Iowa House Democrats Propose Semi-Automatic “Assault Weapon” Ban!

    January 27, 2019

    We’re not coming after your guns unless they are a semiautomatic rifle or pistol say Iowa House Democrats. Five Representatives have co-sponsored legislation that would ban the sale or transfer of semiautomatic “assault” weapons. These five legislators want anyone who transfers one of these weapons to become a felon and receive up to ten years in prison and a possible $10,000 fine with a minimum of a $1,000 fine.

    So what constitutes an assault weapon to these legislators?

    A semi-automatic rifle that is capable of accepting a detachable magazine and:

    • has a pistol grip or thumbhole stock (the vast majority of AR-15’s & AK’s)
    •  A forward grip for the non-trigger hand
    • a barrel shroud
    • a folding, telescoping, or detachable stock
    • a threaded barrel (good luck using your suppressor!)
    • A grenade launcher or rocket launcher (No chainsaw bayonets?)

    A semi-automatic pistol that can accept a detachable magazine and:

    • a second pistol grip
    • a shroud encircling the barrel
    • a threaded barrel
    • a magazine attached anywhere but the pistol grip

    A semi-automatic shotgun that has:

    • a detachable magazine
    • a pistol grip
    • a folding, telescoping, or detachable stock
    • a fixed magazine of greater than five rounds
    • a forward grip
    • a grenade or rocket launcher
    • a revolving cylinder

    This bill is an aggressive and reckless attempt to ban everything inside the gun stores. These legislators have zero regards for the Second Amendment nor the liberty of Iowans. Want to know why amending the Iowa Constitution is so important? It’s because we have people who are elected officials that are willing to make felons out of people for selling a standard AR, AK, Glock, 1911, or whatever other guns most Iowans would use to defend themselves.

    HF-125 is a hostile attack on gun owners. It’s a terrible bill for gun owners or anyone that cares about individual liberty. This language is similar to HR5087, the federal Assault Weapons Ban of 2018. This poor excuse for legislation is why elections matter. We don’t expect this extreme nonsense to hit the floor of the Iowa House because liberty-minded Iowans hold the majority and will keep this bill from committee.

    Contact information is below for the five representatives who co-sponsored this legislation.

    Contact Info:

    Bruce Hunter – bruce.hunter@legis.state.ia.us

    Art Staed – art.staed@legis.iowa.gov

    Mary Mascher – Mary.Mascher@legis.iowa.gov

    Jo Oldson – Jo.Oldson@legis.iowa.gov

    Vicki Lensing –  Vicki.Lensing@legis.iowa.gov

  • Magazine Restrictions Proposed in Iowa House

    January 24, 2019

    Gun-control zealots Rep. Art Staed and Rep. Bruce Hunter have proposed legislation that would ban the sale, transfer, or possession of any magazine greater than 10 rounds. HF-65 seeks to impose up to $6250 in fines and a possible two year prison sentence for those who fail to destroy the magazines. No buybacks. No grandfather period. No respect for the rights of Iowans.

    This bill looks eerily similar to the language used in the 2013 Connecticut magazine ban and the language desired on the Giffords Gun-Control website. IFC is currently the only organization registered against this legislation. This is why elections matter.

    Rep Art. Staed’s contact page can be found HERE.

    Rep. Bruce Hunter’s contact page can be found HERE.

     

     

     

  • School Grounds Carry Bill Scheduled for Committee Vote!

    January 22, 2019

    School Grounds Carry Bill
    Scheduled for Committee Vote!

    The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to vote on Senate Study Bill 1017, the School Grounds Carry Bill, tomorrow (1/23/19) at approximately 3PM.

    Under current Iowa law parents with a valid Permit to Carry who carry while picking up or dropping off their children at Iowa schools are committing a Class D felony.

    SSB1017 would decriminalize the act of carrying while taking your son or daughter to school. Please contact the members of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee and urge them to pass SSB1017 as soon as possible.

    Make sure these elected officials understand that:

    Iowa’s Permit to Carry holders are peaceful, lawful citizens who’ve passed background checks and want nothing more than to be able to protect their most valuable assets — our children! There’s no reason we should risk felony charges for protecting our families!

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition will email you the results of tomorrow’s Senate Judiciary vote. In the meantime, please make your voice heard!

     

    Senate Judiciary Committee Members & Contact Info
    Brad.Zaun@legis.iowa.gov, dan.dawson@legis.iowa.gov, Kevin.Kinney@legis.iowa.gov, tony.bisignano@legis.iowa.gov, jake.chapman@legis.iowa.gov, julian.garrett@legis.iowa.gov, rob.hogg@legis.iowa.gov, zach.nunn@legis.iowa.gov, janet.petersen@legis.iowa.gov, jason.schultz@legis.iowa.gov, tom.shipley@legis.iowa.gov, amy.sinclair@legis.iowa.gov, annette.sweeny@legis.iowa.gov, rich.taylor@legis.iowa.gov, zach.whiting@legis.iowa.gov

     


  • Bruce Hunter Goes Gun-Control Crazy

    January 18, 2019

    Des Moines area House Rep. Bruce Hunter is coming in hot with four gun-control measures proposed right out the gate! Bruce Hunter’s ideas for Iowa? Repeal shall-issue and revert to may-issue carry, impose tough civil liability penalies, double ban bump stocks, and repeal Capitol Carry.

    • HF-11 – A bill for an act relating to the imposition of civil liability on parents or guardians when minors cause injury with firearms. Registered Against.
    • HF-17 – A bill for an act prohibiting the carrying, transportation, or possession of firearms in the capitol building and on capitol grounds, and making penalties applicable. Registered Against.
    • HF-31 – A bill for an act prohibiting the manufacture, possession, shipment, transportation, or receipt of a multi-burst trigger activator, and providing penalties. Registered Against.Registered Against.
    • HF-32 – A bill for an act relating to the issuance, denial, suspension, or revocation of a permit to carry weapons and a permit to acquire pistols or revolvers. Registered Against.

    These ideas are carried forward from last session and we expect that they will fail to advance. These bills have been supported by the gun-control lobby and applauded by those maintaining the assault against the rights of Iowans. This is why elections matter and we must continue to work hard so that we are not vulnerable to the nanny-state whims of people like Bruce Hunter.

    Bruce Hunter’s contact info can be found HERE. 

     

  • Gun Free Zone Expansion Bill Proposed in Iowa Senate

    January 17, 2019

    Iowa City Senator Joe Bolkcom has proposed SF13– a bill that would criminalize carry of a weapon, concealed or open, in a place with a conspicuously placed sign prohibiting weapons. This would create more hurdles for a person carrying a firearm and also create more gun free zones. We’ve seen the higher propensity for terrible shootings to happen in a gun free zone across the country.

    This bill is clearly an attack at gun owners, a group that Senator Bolkcom has been consistently  vocally opposed to in his time in the Iowa Legisalture. This bill appears to have been copy and pasted from SF-2025 from the previous session. The bill is identical and we expect the outcome to be identical as well.

    Iowa Firearms Coalition is the only organization registered against the bill. We will press hard to make sure terrible ideas like this never see the Senate floor. Iowa Firearms Coalition goal for 2019 is to reduce the barriers imposed on gun owners in Iowa, not add new ones. This is simply bad legislation.

    Constituents can contact Senator Bolkcom here.

     

     

     

  • Secretary of State Office Inadvertantly Kills RKBA Amendment!

    January 13, 2019

    My fellow Iowans,

    I have unexpected and bad news to report.

    A short time ago, I learned that all progress to add your Right to Keep and Bear Arms to the Iowa Constitution appears to have been undone. Amending the Iowa Constitution is an extremely long and challenging task. The process to do this is laid out in Article 10 of the state constitution and among those requirements is a mandate for public notification.

    Less than 48 hours ago, I learned that last year Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s office failed to uphold their duty for legal publication of our constitutional amendment. In matters such as ours, the constitution requires a public notification for a minimum of 3 months prior to the election of a new General Assembly of the Iowa legislature. This responsibility rests with the Iowa Secretary of State’s office and it is with extreme frustration that I must report this constitutionally mandated requirement was not fulfilled. Because of this failure, last year’s vote and all of our work leading up to it appear to have been undone.

    In summary:
    When you try to amend the state constitution there several requirements that must be met. Including a formal public notification. The Secretary of State’s office is responsible for this notification. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate failed to meet this requirement, and as a result, it appears that last year’s vote and all of our work has been wiped away. Because of the Secretary of State’s complete failure, we must now go back to square one of the constitutional amendment process.

    Make no mistake; there are a lot, A LOT of people in Des Moines right now who do not want to see this made public. Not right now. Not like this. But I believe firmly in transparency and honesty in leadership. There are a tremendous number of you who are reading this who’ve sacrificed your time and your money, pouring yourselves and your resources into this endeavor. We’ve worked for years to put the pieces in place to make this amendment happen. Knowing all of that has been undone due to a technicality and an elected official’s failure to act makes me sick and that is why I’ve chosen to share this information as soon as possible.

    Each of you reading this has been wronged, and you deserve to be made aware of it. Those of you who’ve contributed to our efforts deserve a public apology from the Secretary of State.

    Secretary Pate has contacted IFC leadership to offer his most sincere apologies and accept full responsibility while reiterating his support for this amendment. The Secretary of State’s office is reviewing all legal means to potentially right this ship, but options appear to be limited. IFC is conducting its independent review. IFC has made our frustration and disappointment abundantly clear to the Secretary of State’s office and requested a public apology be made to IFC members.

    To be clear, I bear some responsibility in all of this. I failed to check to see that the Secretary of State completed his legally required responsibility. This fact is particularly tough to swallow as Paul Pate has stood alongside us, speaking directly to IFC members proclaiming his support for our cause, claiming to be “right there with you making sure that your voice is heard.” With those words and actions in mind, I took for granted that the simple task of publishing our amendment would get done and failed to provide the necessary oversight. For that, I apologize.

    I believe it’s critically important that you hear this message straight from us. The Iowa Firearms Coalition proudly claims the mantle of Iowa’s leading Second Amendment advocacy group. We work extremely hard to do things the right way.

    Other groups, other gun owners talk a big game, but IFC leads (our list of pro-gun owner victories bears this out). IFC members are the first to hear this news, and by breaking this story, we’ve shown ourselves once again the leaders on all things 2A related in Iowa. Whether it’s good news and cause for celebration or bad news about a monumental setback you deserve honest and timely communication about what’s going on and that’s what we provide.

    With that established it is vital that you recognize a few critical facts as we move forward.

    One, the need for an RKBA amendment remains. This apparent setback does not change the fact that there is nothing in the Iowa Constitution saying the People of Iowa have a Right to Keep and Bear Arms in this state. IFC will fight to enshrine your rights in the state constitution in the weeks, months, and years to come, for a long as it takes, regardless of any setback or false start. What we’re trying to accomplish will have an impact on Iowans not just now but for generations to come. And it is for this reason that we must do this is the right way. We must go about our business such a manner that there cannot be a single doubt about our intentions or any reason to call into question the validity of our work.

    In addition to this massive undertaking, the Iowa Firearms Coalition will once again be pushing an aggressive agenda during the 2019 legislative session. Expect to see bills addressing the permitting process and how and where you may carry in Iowa.

    Every day, far too many Iowans – parents, workers, lawful citizens – risk felony charges merely because they crossed some imaginary line outside a school or workplace while choosing to carry protection for themselves and their loved ones legally. Expect to see these items addressed in 2019.

    And as always plan to see plenty of drama and hand-wringing from our opposition.

    In closing I’d like to reiterate, we’ve suffered what appears to be a significant setback. This undertaking and our cause in general, has always been a contentious matter. To have years of work negated by an elected official’s failure to perform his job has taken everyone by surprise. But let it be known the Iowa Firearms Coalition remains steadfast in our desire to enshrine your God-given, natural Right to Keep and Bear Arms in the Iowa Constitution and we will not waiver from our goal. What should have taken four years will now take longer. As frustrating as this is we cannot, and we will not stop. Our cause is too great to give up on.

    At this point, if you’re still reading this and you’re upset and looking for something to do, this is what we need from you. Contact your legislator now and make sure they understand that Iowans want, need and deserve this RKBA Amendment. They didn’t screw this process up, but the fact of the matter is we need them to act on this matter. Please helps us drive home this fact.

    I take a tremendous amount of pride in what we do and everything we have accomplished together. Thank you all for your support and commitment to our cause, both now and in the future.

    Respectfully,
    Kurt Liske
    President, Iowa Firearms Coalition

  • House Members Propose H.R. 8, Universal Background Checks – Advocacy Campaign!

    January 13, 2019

    The new Democratic majority wasted no time at all before announcing their first major gun control proposal for the new session: Universal Background Checks.

    Iowa voters just sent Cindy Axne and Abby Finkenauer to Washington D.C., and they need to hear from their constituents that we do not support radical gun-control proposals nor will we accept our representation rubber stamping bills for Nancy Pelosi and the out-of-state gun control lobby. H.R.8 is a predictably lousy bill that imposes a burden on gun owners and does nothing to make Iowans safer. Criminals have never cared about background checks nor will they be impacted by this legislation. The only way to ever enforce this ridiculous legislation would be with some repugnant firearm registration scheme.

    Click HERE to send your House Representative an email demanding they reject this gun-control proposal!

    Iowa’s legislators have been slammed with the voices of elitist donors, a biased media, out of touch celebrities and those in the resistance who scream the loudest. With this change in our representation and the gavel being handed to Nancy Pelosi, we need to step up our game and make the voices of real Iowans who aren’t willing to sacrifice liberty in the name of senseless restrictions so the gun grabbers can score a legislative victory heard. Real activism means participating in our advocacy campaigns, leaving voicemails, and attending town-halls, and more!

    Phone Numbers:
    Abby Finkenauer: 202.225.2911
    Cindy Axne: 202.225.5476
    Dave Loebsack: 202.225.6576
    Steve King: 202.225.4426

  • Why you should vote early, even if you don’t want to

    October 8, 2018

    Our opposition is fired up, and their party leaders and California donors are targeting Iowa as a place to take back power. Minutes after casting a ‘NO’ vote on Judge Kavanaugh, New Jersey Senator Corey Booker got on a plane and came straight to Iowa to raise money and rally Iowa Democrats. Why Iowa? Senator Booker and the long list of coastal elitists who are making the rounds in Iowa know that our state and our pro-Second Amendment majority are vulnerable in 2018. They are rallying hard and energized to help Fred Hubbell implement the 2018 Democratic Party Platform in the next legislative session.

                  

    We’ve spent 2018 spelling out why Fred Hubbell and the 2018 Iowa Democrat Platform are dangerous to gun owners. We’ve reported the ridiculous gun control proposals that have never made it to a committee hearing because of our current pro-Second Amendment leadership. A shift in power in Des Moines could push the platform objectives of senseless bans on semi-automatic weapons, revoking weapons permits across the state, magazine limits, firearm registration, banning private firearm transfers, gun-free zones, buybacks, and any other gun-control lobby initiative to chip away at YOUR Second-Amendment rights to becoming Iowa law!

    We can’t let this happen. Simply put, we need an amazing turnout.

    Since you’re paying attention to our alerts, you probably never miss a general election. So why vote early?

    • Every committed gun owner who casts a ballot in October can be eliminated from the list for last minute phone calls and door knocks in November when every hour is critical. 
    • Once your county auditor has processed your ballot, you should stop receiving unsolicited phone calls and knocks at the door.
    • Bad weather, work, harvest, illness, or family emergencies won’t prevent your vote from being cast.
    • No delays or standing in line
    • You can focus on getting other liberty-minded voters to the polls!

    This method also conserves volunteer resources. Contacting voters who have not returned their absentee ballots is labor-intensive, and many people are hard to reach by phone or at the door. Starting on October 8 and running through November 5, all 99 Iowa county auditors’ offices will allow early voting during regular business hours. Click here to find your county auditor information. At a county auditor’s office, early voters sign a ballot request form, then receive a ballot immediately. You will not be allowed to take the ballot home to fill out later, so make sure to research candidates for all races before going to vote. Sample ballots are available on county auditor websites so that voters can find out the options ahead of time.

    Voting early in-person increases the chance your vote will count, because as you hand your ballot over, an elections official will confirm that you sealed the secrecy envelope and signed the affidavit envelope.

    This method also conserves volunteer resources. Contacting voters who have not returned their absentee ballots is labor-intensive, and many people are hard to reach by phone or at the door.

    If you need transportation to your county auditor’s office, a ride can probably be arranged by calling your local candidate, county party, or field office.

    Satellite Voting

    Satellite voting may also be available near you on certain days over the next month. (Not every county offers this option) The process is the same as for early voting at the auditor’s office: you sign an absentee ballot request form, receive a ballot, and must fill it out and turn it in immediately. You can’t take the ballot home, so research any down-ballot races ahead of time.

    Common locations for satellite voting include public libraries, community centers, or churches. They are required to be accessible to people with disabilities. The schedule will be available on your county auditor’s website

    How To Vote By Mail

    For Iowans who prefer to vote early by mail, county auditors will process all absentee ballot requests received by 5 pm on Saturday, October 27. Forms are available on the Iowa Secretary of State’s website and on every county auditor’s website if you haven’t already received one from a campaign or a canvasser.

    You should receive your ballot within a week of sending in the form. Auditors will begin mailing absentee ballots on October 8 to most voters who already requested them. Those serving in the military or living overseas may already have received their ballots.

    Make sure you follow all instructions included with your absentee ballot. If you forget to seal the ballot inside the secrecy envelope or fail to sign the affidavit envelope that holds the secrecy envelope, or cross out or erase marks on your ballot, you will invalidate your ballot.

    If you make a mistake while filling in your absentee ballot, you can send it back to the county auditor, writing “spoiled ballot” on the return envelope, and request a replacement ballot.

    After mailing your absentee ballot, you can use this tracking feature on the secretary of state’s website to confirm it arrived at the county auditor’s office.

    Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by Monday, November 5. I encourage voters not to procrastinate because post offices no longer routinely postmark all mail. If your ballot arrives at the county auditor’s office after election day with no postmark proving you mailed it by November 6, your vote will not be counted. Hundreds of ballots have gone uncounted in past Iowa elections for that reason.

    One Last Thing

    Talk to your friends, relatives, co-workers, neighbors, acquaintances, strangers, etc. (you get the point!) and get them out to vote and tell them why they need to help retain our pro-Second Amendment majority in Des Moines and Washington! This will help you multiply your vote and help us move towards adding the right to keep and bear arms in the Freedom Amendment to the Iowa Constitution.

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