• Des Moines Teacher Caught Promoting Gun Control Walkout

    March 2, 2018

    Des Moines Roosevelt teacher caught using school PA system to encourage students to walk out of school and support gun control.

    Earlier this week Michael Shaw, a Social Studies teacher at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, promoted a student walkout for gun control and encouraged teachers and students to contact their representatives about changing gun laws. He did so in a broadcast to the entire school at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines.

    Our friends at Caffeinated Thoughts initially broke this story. Roosevelt Principal Kevin Biggs confirmed Shaw used the school public address system to encourage the school’s students to walk out of school and contact their legislators about changing current firearms laws.

    Principal Biggs admitted the announcement was not appropriate. According to Biggs the offending teacher, Mr. Michael Shaw, has been talked to about his actions and the error of his ways has been pointed out. Biggs also emailed all teachers at Roosevelt High School stating: “As teachers, I ask that you keep your personal and political opinions to yourself at this time.”  He said. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late in the case of activist Social Studies teacher Michael Shaw.

    All teachers, but especially public school teachers, who are paid with our tax dollars, have no business using our schools as a platform for gun control or any other political cause. School boards and administrators must not stand for this. Imagine what the response would be if a staff member used the Des Moines Roosevelt PA system to encourage students to oppose gun control efforts? Or what if someone on the district payroll got on the PA telling students to write their legislators about how armed staff is the only way to stop mass shootings? Somehow we doubt the response to that kind of message would be limited to a “talking to” and an after-the-fact email to all staff…

    Make sure politics stay out of your kids’ classroom!

    Now is the time for you to reach out to your local school districts and make sure this isn’t happening where your kids get their education. Contact your local school district’s leaders (superintendents and school board members) and remind them that schools are supposed to be objective places of learning and our students should never be used as pawns used to advance personal or political agendas.

    If you’re not sure what to say, here are some relevant points you should be raising with your kids’ schools:

    • Students should be free to form their own opinions without being swayed by the personal opinions of teachers or staff members.
    • What is your district policy on staff advocating for personal or political issues?
    • When was the last time it was reviewed by staff?
    • When is the next time this policy will be brought up?
    • What are the repercussions for staff that cross the line and use their position of authority to steer student opinions?
    • What are you currently doing to make sure that your schools remain as objective places of learning and not political recruiting grounds? i.e., What are doing to make sure your school doesn’t end up like Des Moines Roosevelt where teachers use the school PA to push their personal agendas?

    When you contact your local school district superintendent and school board with these questions you’ll not only be asking legitimate, valid questions, you’ll also be reminding them to keep one-sided politics out of our education system.

    Contact Information for Des Moines Roosevelt Leadership:

    Roosevelt High School Principal Kevin Biggs:  kevin.biggs@dmschools.org

    Heather Anderson, District One School Board Member:

    heather.anderson@dmschools.org

    Des Moines Superintendent Thomas Ahart:

    superintendent@dmschools.org

    Teree Caldwell-Johnson, Chair of the DMPS Board:
    teree.caldwell-johnson@dmschools.org

    Cindy Elsbernd, Vice Chair:
    cindy.elsbernd@dmschools.org

     

  • First Legislative Funnel Cleared

    February 16, 2018

    The first funnel is clear and here is an update to where we are at for the session.

    – HJR 13 RKBA Ammendment has cleared the Judiciary Committee of both chambers. This bill remains our TOP priority because it is the foundation of your freedom. HJR 13 and the Senate companion bill remain viable and will continue to advance.

    – Courthouse carry has cleared the House Judiciary Committee and is a direct response to the overreaching action of Chief Justice Cady. This is a check on judicial power that would define where Justice Cady’s order would apply and chip away at the restriction put in place last summer. This bill is waiting on the full House.

    – School parking lot carry, this is the bill that would allow a parent to remain armed when dropping off or picking up their child at school. This bill has cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee and is ready to advance.

    -Permitless Carry, otherwise known as Constitutional Carry has been removed from the Senate agenda without comment. Permitless Carry remains a goal for IFC, but it was dropped under a cloud of tragedy from current events and with the understanding that its future had a very steep path to overcome.

    – May issue permits, Bump stock bans, semi-auto bans, carry restrictions, private transfer bans, and every other ridiculous gun control proposal made by over twenty members of our legislature have been officially defeated.

    Now is the time to make our voice heard and push these bills to the finish line.

    Stay tuned for the next push to get these bills heard.

  • Did you know that you already have enough rights?

    February 12, 2018

    This is the answer provided to IFC President Kurt Liske when he attended the Scott County Legislative Forum on February 10th. We have been encouraging our members to get out to the forums and ask about gun rights. Here is an example of how to ask a well thought out question to your legislators about recognizing your right to keep and bear arms in the Iowa Constitution.

  • IFC Responds to Gun Control Leader’s Video On School Ground Carry

    February 7, 2018

    Iowa Senate Candidate and Former Moms Demand Action leader Amber Gufstason recently made news with her video in front of her kids school criticizing SF-2086, the bill that would recognize the right of Iowans to pick up their kid from school with a weapon in the vehicle and not commit a felony. Watch this video, where we break down her arguments and offer some of our own. Please share this with our friends in Ankeny!

     

  • “MAY” Issue Weapons Permit Bill Introduced in Iowa House!

    January 31, 2018

     

    HF-2145 was introduced by Art Staed, Timi Brown-Powers, and Mary Mascher to setback Iowa to “May” Issue weapons permits. The struggle to recognize weapons permits rights for Iowans was the first victory for the people at Iowa Firearms Coalition eight years ago. It was a bi-partisan victory that recognized the fundamental rights of hundreds of thousands of Iowans. Now, three out of touch members of the Iowa House are trying to go backward and leave the gun rights of Iowans up to the patch-work unequal standards of 99 different County Sheriffs. HF2145 gives discretion back to the Sheriffs, removes the requirement to reinstate a suspended permit to carry if the holder is cleared of charges, allows revocation pretty much at the Sheriffs’ whim and removes the awarding of court costs and attorney fees to the prevailing party in an appeal of a permit action. This bill is bad for Iowa and bad for gun owners.

    Will this bill see the floor? No, it will be dead on arrival. Gun rights are a winning issue in Iowa, and we are only moving forward this session.  However, this bill is a reminder why elections matter, why Janet Peterson and Mark Smith can’t be allowed to lead the legislature, and why we can’t let our guard down.

    This is why every vote counts. This is why we need to support IFC PAC and keep these ridiculous bills dead on arrival.

    Iowa Firearms Coalition is the ONLY firearms organization registered against this bill.

  • School Carry Bill Clears Senate Subcommittee 3-0!

    January 30, 2018

    SF-2086, The school carry bill that would finally recognize your rights to drop off your child at school while still exercising your fundamental rights is advancing to the full Senate Judiciary Committee.  A Senate Subcommittee consisting of Sen. Schultz of Schleswig, IA, Sen. Edler of State Center, and Sen. Kinney of Oxford, IA ALL voted YES to advance the bill that was initially proposed by Sen. Chelgren of Ottumwa.

    It is always good to see gun rights being recognized with bi-partisan support!

     

     

     

     

     

    Sen. Schulz                                          Sen. Kinney                                        Sen. Edler

     

  • HJR 13 RKBA Amendment Passes House Subcommittee

    January 25, 2018

     

    House Joint Resolution 13 Iowa RKBA Amendment PASSED the House Subcommittee 2-1 on January 25th.

    Rep. Windschitl and Rep. Rizer voted yes, Rep. Bennett voted no.

    Next step will be the full House Judiciary Committee. We will keep you posted on dates.

     

  • Bump Stock Ban Introduced in Iowa House

    January 25, 2018

    HF 2075 was introduced into the Iowa House by Rep. Anderson of Polk, Rep. Staed of Linn, Rep. Stockman of Cerro Gordo, Rep. Lensing of Johnson, Re. Meyer of Polk, Rep. Kurth of Scott, Rep. Thede, Rep. H Miller of Webster, Rep. Hunter of Polk, and Rep. Mascher of Johnson.

    This bill would make the possession of a bump stock a Class “D” Felony and punishable for up to 5 years in prison and up to a $7500 fine.

    Iowa Firearms Coalition opposes regulations on bump stocks and any other form of gun control. Iowa Firearms Coalition is the only firearm organization registered against this bill.

    Please keep emails appropriate and remember that you are an advocate of our cause. 

    The Representatives sponsoring this bill can be reached at:

    Rep. Anderson: marti.anderson@legis.iowa.gov

    Rep. Staed: art.staed@legis.iowa.gov

    Rep. Steckman: sharon.steckman@legis.iowa.gov

    Rep. Lensing: vicki.lensing@legis.iowa.gov

    Rep. Meyer: helen.miller@legis.iowa.gov

    Rep. Kurth: Monica.Kurth@legis.iowa.gov

    Rep. Thede phyllis.thede@legis.iowa.gov

    Rep. H Miller: Phil.Miller@legis.iowa.gov

    Rep. Hunter: bruce.hunter@legis.iowa.gov

    Rep. Mascher: mary.mascher@legis.iowa.gov

  • Sen. Chelgren Introduces Bill to Recognize Second Amendment Rights On School Grounds

    January 24, 2018

    Fixing the Iowa Constitution isn’t all we’ve been working on in 2018. IFC believes the right to keep and bear arms doesn’t end on school grounds. An armed permit holder should be allowed to exercise their Second Amendment rights when they pick up their child from school or have a valid reason to be there.

    SF 2086 was introduced today by 2A advocate Mark Chelgren that would add common sense language to Iowa law that will finally recognize this fundamental right. He has also introduced a bill to address judicial overreaching and is up for re-election this year.

    We expect more to come on this topic from the Iowa House. IFC will continue pushing hard to make Iowa law recognize this basic right.

    Only ABATE and IFC are registered FOR this bill.

    Similar bills have been seen in other states:

    https://www.pressherald.com/2018/01/23/maine-bill-would-allow-guns-to-be-carried-in-cars-on-school-grounds/

    http://sunshinestatenews.com/story/house-committee-advances-school-carry-church-carry-bills

    https://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2014/03/26/pence-signs-bill-allow-guns-school-parking-lots/6929307/

  • 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.