• Armed Citizen Stops Machete-Wielding Man

    August 30, 2020
    Bluebonnet News (Liberty, TX)
     
    A Good Samaritan pulled over to check on a machete-wielding man who was standing in the middle of SH 146 near Moss Hill. As the Good Samaritan was exiting his vehicle, the man approached him with a large knife swinging it in a threatening manner. The Good Samaritan pulled out a pistol from his vehicle to deter the man from approaching him. The man did stop when he saw the pistol… Continue reading »
     
  • Geissele Automatics Donates 250,000 face masks to 2021 SHOT Show

    August 28, 2020

    NEWTOWN, Conn. – NSSF®, the firearm industry trade association, is pleased to announce that Geissele Automatics will be donating 250,000 face masks for distribution during the 2021 SHOT Show®. Headquartered in North Wales, Pennsylvania, Geissele Automatics is a manufacturer and distributor of firearms, optics and parts, primarily in the modern sporting rifle (MSR) sector. The company is a frequent sponsor of NSSF events.

    “We have had incredible support from our industry manufacturers for the 2021 SHOT Show, but this donation from Geissele puts an exclamation point on it all,” said Chris Dolnack, NSSF Senior Vice President and CMO. “Sponsors big and small support the SHOT Show in many ways, and we couldn’t do it without them. We are greatly appreciative of this tremendous support from Geissele and the generosity of its owners and staff—and we can’t wait to see everyone in Vegas in January.”

    “With 2021 right around the corner, and given everything that’s going on, we were unsure if SHOT Show would even take place this year,” said Joe Plunkett, Geissele’s COO. “We were very pleased to work with NSSF to donate these masks in an effort to help facilitate SHOT Show moving forward and keeping everyone safe. We will see you all in Vegas!”

    NSSF’s 2021 SHOT Show takes place Jan. 19-22 at the Sands Expo Center and an all-new expansion to Caesars Forum. More than 2,100 exhibitors are on board to attend what will be the largest SHOT Show ever at more than 714,000 net square feet. Attendee registration will open in early October. For more information about the 2021 SHOT Show, including educational opportunities, registration information, hotel discounts and updates on NSSF’s work with Las Vegas to ensure the safety and health of everyone attending, visit SHOTShow.org.

    About NSSF NSSF 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, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

  • +ONE and NSSF – Enter to Win a SilencerCo Omega 300

    August 27, 2020

    Join the movement! We challenge all of you to join the NSSF’s +One campaign and take one new person out shooting. Not only do we challenge you to join the movement, we are upping it one asking you to add a SilencerCo suppressor when you take your +One for a chance to win an Omega 300!

    Here’s the skinny.
    1. Snap a picture of your +One activities while using a SilencerCo suppressor
    2. Post the picture on Instagram and tag us: @silencerco
    3. Use the hashtags #PlusOneMovement and #SiCoPlusOne

    That’s it! You will be automatically entered into a raffle to win an Omega 300! For more information on the NSSF’s +One campaign, click here.

  • “She Goes Outdoors” Subscription Boxes

    August 25, 2020

    “SHE GOES OUTDOORS” SUBSCRIPTION BOXES: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has teamed up with Kansas and Nebraska to offer a quarterly outdoor subscription box to women interested in hunting and the outdoors.  Boxes are $50 and include gear, educational resources, and field guides.  An online tutorial accompanies each subscription box.  Upcoming boxes include bird watching, outdoor cooking, pollinators, and fishing. Visit https://www.sgooutdoors.com/ for more information.     

  • Become an NRA Instructor!

    August 8, 2020

    Since 1871, a major objective of the National Rifle Association has been to provide education and training in the safe and proper use of firearms. Knowing how to shoot is an important requirement for NRA instructors, but you will also need to know how to teach others to shoot. NRA Instructor Training Courses help you develop the additional knowledge, skills and techniques needed to organize and teach courses in the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program.

    To qualify as an NRA Instructor:

    • Candidates must have completed the basic course in the discipline they wish to be certified to teach, e.g. NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting (Instructor Led Only), NRA Basic Rifle Shooting, etc.
    • Candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training and/or previous shooting experience. Instructor candidates must be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline for which they wish to be certified.
    • Candidates will be required to demonstrate solid and safe firearm handling skills required to be successful during an instructor training course by completing pre-course questionnaires and qualification exercises administered by the NRA Certified Training Counselor.
    • Candidates must satisfactorily complete an NRA Instructor Training Course in the discipline they wish to teach (e.g., NRA Basic Pistol Course), and receive the endorsement of the NRA Training Counselor conducting that training.

    NRA Instructor courses are discipline specific. During the course candidates will learn NRA policies and procedures; basic public speaking skills; training methodology; use of a training team and training aids; organizing a course, building a budget; and finally preparing to teach. In addition, candidates will be provided the appropriate lesson plans and basic course student packets. Role-playing is a major part of an instructor course; therefore, the minimum class size should be at least four candidates, with 10-12 candidates being ideal. Candidates take turns working in teams, actually conducting portions of the course to other candidates who portray basic students.

    Instructor training courses are conducted by NRA Training Counselors. Training Counselors are active and experienced instructors who have been certified by NRA to train experienced shooters to teach others to shoot. Training Counselors will evaluate candidates’ performance based on their ability to handle the firearms with confidence, use of appropriate training aids, following the lesson plans and meeting all learning objectives, while utilizing the teaching philosophies expected of NRA Certified Instructors. Candidates can also expect to learn the NRA discipline specific instructional methods and evaluating and improving the performance of beginning shooters.

    https://firearmtraining.nra.org/become-an-instructor/

  • Sig Sauer Announces New Gearbox for National Shooting Sports Month

    August 7, 2020

    NEWTOWN, Conn. – NSSF®, the trade association for the firearm industry, is pleased to announce that SIG SAUER has agreed to sponsor a Gearbox Giveaway in support of 2020’s National Shooting Sports Month®.

    SIG SAUER is a leading manufacturer of rifles, handguns, airguns, ammunition, electro-optics, suppressors and accessories for the military, law enforcement and civilian markets around the world. The company’s founding dates back to 1751 at J.P. Sauer & Suhl in Germany, and 1853 when it was a wagon factory in Rhine Falls, Switzerland. This company changed its name in 1864 to Swiss Industrial Group—SIG—before eventually evolving, in 2007, to be the SIG SAUER brand with which today’s consumers are familiar.

    The 2020 National Shooting Sports Month SIG SAUER Gearbox Giveaway, valued at nearly $4,000, includes:
    -1 SIG SAUER CROSS rifle in .308 Winchester
    -1 SIERRA3 BDX scope and rangefinder kit
    -10 boxes (20-count each) of Elite Hunter Tipped ammunition
    -1 collection of SIG SAUER-branded apparel and gear

    “Whether hunter or target shooter, anyone who’s a fan of rifle shooting would count themselves fortunate to win this SIG SAUER Gearbox Giveaway,” said Zach Snow, NSSF Director, Retail & Range Business Development. “We greatly appreciate SIG SAUER’s contribution and look forward to them building a great relationship with the winner of this package.”

    “As an avid supporter of all shooting sports and advocacy for participation in all forms of training to support shooting, SIG SAUER is honored to offer this Gearbox Giveaway with NSSF,” said Tom Taylor, SIG SAUER Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales. “As the number of shooting enthusiasts grows and new gun owners are buying guns in record numbers in today’s new world, we hope this promotes people getting out and enjoying shooting at the range and engaging in the shooting sports.”

    National Shooting Sports Month, a celebration of the shooting sports and the firearm industry, takes place throughout the month of August. Firearms ranges and FFL retailers across the country have listed hundreds of special events, shoots and promotions on the calendar at ShootingSportsMonth.org. That calendar interacts directly with NSSF’s LetsGoShooting.org website, which consumers use to discover the August events taking place in their communities. Ranges and retailers can still get added to calendar by listing their August activities here. By doing so NSSF will send you a promotional package that includes shirts and hats.

    Additional Gearbox Giveaway sponsorships are available. For more information on how these sponsorships and your involvement in National Shooting Sports Month benefit both your business and the firearm industry at large, contact Zach Snow at zsnow@nssf.org or 203-426-1320 ext. 224.

  • Iowa DNR Hunting Regs and Chart Corrections

    August 6, 2020

    A printing issue in the chart on the bottom of p. 6 of the 2020-21 Iowa Hunting, Trapping and Migratory Game Bird regulations, inadvertently omitted check marks indicating which licenses and fees are required for each type of hunter and each type of license.

    The online version of the regulations is correct. Find all your Hunting and Trapping regulations here:

    https://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/Hunting-Licenses-Laws?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

  • NSSF Witness to President Trump Signing Great American Outdoors Act into Law

    August 4, 2020

    NEWTOWN, Conn. – NSSF®, the trade association for the firearm industry, was honored to be present at the White House as President Donald Trump signed into law the Great American Outdoors Act, H.R. 1957. This historic federal law is among the most meaningful legislative measures for sportsmen conservationists ever.

    “This is a proud moment for the firearm industry which supported this legislation to see it passed into law by the Trump administration which has kept the promise that public lands and waters belong to all of America’s sportsmen and women,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President and Chief Executive Officer. “The Great American Outdoors Act is bold in its scope and historic in the guarantee that public lands and waters will be accessible to America’s conservation-minded hunters and recreational target shooters. Outdoorsmen and women are the greatest stewards of our natural resources of wildlife, natural habitats and conservation-minded traditions that pass along the benefit of the preservation of public lands access for all. This law enables current and future generations of Americans to enjoy and preserve our national outdoor heritage.”

    The Great American Outdoors Act delivers on the promise of sustained wildlife conservation, public land hunting and recreational shooting for current and future generations of outdoorsmen and women. The law was conceived with bipartisan support and ensures full, dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). It addresses the maintenance backlog of public lands and water projects across the United States. Those projects include wildlife habitat conservation, road and trail repairs and increased recreational access to our public lands and waters.

    About NSSF
    NSSF 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, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

  • Counties, Cities, Preemption, and Clarity…

    August 3, 2020

    Below is a letter sent by our Board Member, Richard Rogers to a member of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors in response to his public blog post. Please read and absorb:

    Please allow me to introduce myself. I am a Board Member and the volunteer lobbyist for Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC). Our grassroots organization has been deeply involved in helping craft and advance legislation over the last decade that has sought to return to Iowa law respect for and protection of those natural and fundamental rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

    This morning, one of your constituents who is a member of our organization contacted us and raised concerns about the “Guns in County Buildings” segment of your recent blog post. His concern was largely that Johnson County might consider suing the state over Iowa Code 724.28, which preempts the regulation of weapons to the state.

    I am writing to you for a different reason, however. Your post (specifically the excerpt pasted below) indicated an important misunderstanding of this longstanding Iowa law and the recent amendments to it. Unfortunately, it appears from news reports that this misunderstanding is widely shared by government officials and journalists. You stated:

    “In the 2020 Legislative Session a bill was passed (HF2502) that dramatically changed the amount of local control regarding guns. Previously, cities and counties could create local ordinances to govern whether or not firearms were allowed in municipal buildings. As of July 1, that power went away.

    There is even more at stake here. The new law expressly creates an easy course of civil action for people with weapons who were denied access to a public building.”

    That first paragraph is completely wrong. HF2502 most certainly did not “dramatically change the amount of local control regarding guns.” Rather, it widened the preexisting area of preemption to include “all other weapons” and firearms modifications and attachments. You next stated, “Previously, cities and counties could create local ordinances to govern whether or not firearms were allowed in municipal buildings.” In fact, such local ordinances have been specifically against the law (Iowa Code 724.28) since April 5, 1990! That law has simply been too often ignored. Since 1990, the legislature has made several efforts to emphasize the preemption of firearms regulation to the state. In 2010, the General Assembly decreed [Iowa Code 724.7(1)] that Iowa Permits to Carry Weapons are “valid throughout the state except where the carrying or possession of firearms is prohibited by state or federal law.” In 2017, the legislature added this new section [724.28(3)], which gave persons adversely affected by illegal local firearms regulations legal standing to sue:

    “If a political subdivision of the state, prior to, on, or after July 1, 2017, adopts, makes, enacts, or amends any ordinance, measure, enactment, rule, resolution, motion, or policy regulating the ownership, possession, legal transfer, lawful transportation, registration, or licensing of firearms when the ownership, possession, transfer, transportation, registration, or license is otherwise lawful under the laws of this state, a person adversely affected by the ordinance, measure, enactment, rule, resolution, motion, or policy may file suit in the appropriate court for declaratory and injunctive relief for damages.”

    You incorrectly stated “The new law expressly creates an easy course of civil action for people with weapons who were denied access to a public building.” That “easy course of civil action” for relief and damages has been available since July 1, 2017. The amendments to the law this year do now allow for the prevailing party in such a suit to also receive attorney fees and court costs.

    Both the letter of the law and the record of legislative debate on these matters since 1990 make clear that the Iowa General Assembly intends to retain full authority over the regulation of weapons in this state and to prohibit the creation of an unworkable patchwork of local regulations. IFC takes the recent enactment of HF2502 as a statement by the legislature that “We really, really mean it!”

    You noted that there now exists an “out” for local governments that believe they have a real and economically justified need for actual security at a particular public venue. Specifically, Iowa Code 724.28(4) has been added:

    “A political subdivision of the state may restrict the carrying, possession, or transportation of firearms or other dangerous weapons in the buildings or physical structures located on property under the political subdivision’s control if adequate arrangements are made by the political subdivision to screen persons for firearms or other dangerous weapons and the political subdivision provides armed security personnel inside the building or physical structure where the restriction is to be in effect.”

    You may be surprised to learn that this new provision was only included because IFC originated the idea and advocated for it over a period of several years, despite opposition from some legislators and members of our own organization. We recognized that some circumstances may support the establishment of real security measures. For example, some government-owned entertainment venues, such as Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, face contractual security obligations and would suffer economic hardship if they could not legally fulfill them. With the exception of a few county courthouses, there has been almost no real effort by local governments to actually secure the facilities in which they have attempted to “ban” firearms. Instead, they have merely implemented “No Weapons” policies (void under Iowa Code 724.28) and put up signs. While signs are inexpensive, such efforts provide zero real security and are actually counterproductive, in that only law-abiding citizens obey them and voluntarily disarm, while those who harbor evil intent or are mentally disturbed pay them no heed whatsoever. The reality is that actual security cannot be attained without effort and cost. If government intends to deprive citizens of any effective means of self-defense, then it must assume the burden of instituting real security measures.

    If Iowa’s local elected officials expect residents and visitors to abide by their laws, must they not lead by example and follow state law? It is IFC’s intent to see that they do and that Iowans may freely exercise their natural and fundamental right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, and their communities.

    I would welcome the opportunity to converse with you on this topic. If I can be of assistance to you in this or any other matter, please feel free to contact me at any time.

    Sincerely,

    Richard S. Rogers
    Board Member, Iowa Firearms Coalition

  • #winning – NO GUNS Stickers Come Down all over Iowa!

    July 7, 2020

    Brandon Talsma, R, Jasper County (Iowa), Board of Supervisors, peels off the false sense of security plaguing the local courthouse after the Iowa Firearms Coalition and our allies in the NRA celebrated a great victory in our years-long battle to prevent an unworkable patchwork of weapons regulations across our state. Iowans deserve – and have been insisting upon –minimal, uniform and understandable regulation throughout the state. Without that uniformity, it becomes impractical and perhaps even impossible for law-abiding citizens to travel outside – or even within – their own community while possessing or carrying a defensive weapon. We have long fought to protect and enhance Iowa’s “preemption” statute, Iowa Code 724.28, which was enacted in April 1990, but which has been widely and openly ignored.

    HF2502 is a bill for an act relating to firearms and weapons, including the storage, carrying, possession, or transportation of weapons and the establishment, use, and maintenance of shooting ranges. This bill passed the House 52-44 in a party-line vote on February 27. It passed 32-17 in a party-line vote on June 3rd in the Senate. The bill was signed by the Governor and effective on July 1.

    Details of the bill:
    -Shooting Range Protection Provides that cities and counties may not apply and enforce arbitrary regulations and restrictions upon those seeking to establish, use, or maintain an existing shooting range or to improve an existing range. Conditions may not be imposed beyond the requirements of standard zoning and of state law.
    -Protection of “Courthouse Carry” from Judicial Overreach Provides that a court order prohibiting the lawful carrying, possession, or transportation of a weapon in a county courthouse or other joint-use public facility shall be unenforceable unless the judicial order applies only to a courtroom or a court office, or to a courthouse used only for judicial branch functions.
    -Prohibition of Weapons Regulation by Local Governments
    -Amends Iowa Code 724.28 to make absolutely clear that only the Iowa Legislature may regulate the ownership, possession, legal transfer, lawful transportation, modification, registration, or licensing of firearms, firearms attachments, or other weapons. (Underlined words are new. The statute previously applied only to firearms.)

    In addition:
    -Local governments may not enact an ordinance, motion, resolution, policy, or amendment to such effect. Such measures are void after July 1, 2020. This will include, for instance, library and park “rules of conduct”.
    -A person adversely affected by the ordinance, measure, enactment, rule, resolution, motion, or policy may file suit in the appropriate court for declaratory and injunctive relief for damages and all damages attributable to the violation. A court shall also award the prevailing party in any such lawsuit reasonable attorney fees and court costs. (Underlined language is new.)
    -Local governments may not regulate the storage of weapons or ammunition. (Exception allowed for storage rules applied to manufacture/distribution of explosive materials.)
    -The bill provides a limited exception to the prohibition on the carrying, possession, or transportation of firearms or other dangerous weapons in the buildings or physical structures located on property under the political subdivision’s control if adequate arrangements are made by the political subdivision to screen persons for firearms or other dangerous weapons and the political subdivision provides armed security personnel inside the building or physical structure where the restriction is to be in effect.