• IFC’s August Update

    August 7, 2016

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    August Update
    Iowa Firearms Coalition

    Iowans-

    There’s less than a week until the start of the 2016 Iowa State Fair. This major event draws more than a million people to the East side of Des Moines. With approximately 100,000 people passing through their gates each day and relatively tiny number of armed security personnel the Iowa State Fair is also Iowa’s largest gun free zone, making it an area ripe for crime and victimization.

    Last week a panel of Iowa lawmakers reviewed the Iowa State Fair’s gun free zone policy, but decided to take no action to overturn the ban. Speaker after speaker testified against your right to defend yourself and to protect your loved ones. The Iowa Firearms Coalition was the only pro-Second Amendment organization to testify in favor of repealing the Iowa State Fair’s ban on the lawful carry of firearms. Our testimony is on the website, and so is a perfect example of why you should be able to carry at the Iowa State Fair.

    IOWA STATE FAIR MOB VIOLENCE
    BEAT WHITEY NIGHT
    3 OFFICERS INJURED

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    The Iowa Legislature’s Administrative Rules Review Committee may have decided against taking any action but that does not mean the issue of State Fair Carry is dead. We expect to see this brought up during the 2017 legislative session. In all honesty though, unless we can flip the Iowa Senate repealing the Iowa State Fair gun ban will be tough. Not impossible, but tough. As will passing laws like Stand Your Ground, Constitutional Carry, or repealing Iowa’s ban on supervised youth handgun shooting. That’s why it’s imperative that you get involved this election cycle and do more than vote.

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    We’re working extremely hard to flip the Senate, but we need your help. Our campaign and election division, IFC-PAC, is mobilizing Iowans around the state to end the Gronstalling in the Iowa Senate and pave the way for the a legislature that is committed to protecting and enhancing the Second Amendment. When you’re ready to go to work for the Second Amendment sign-up to volunteer with IFC-PAC or make a donation to help us flip the Iowa Senate!

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    Finally, we’re very excited to announce that Jack of West Chester was the winner of our July AR15 Upgrade Giveaway. Jack won an 13” Geissele Automatics rail and ALG Defense ACT trigger for his AR15. This month we’ve partnered with Vortex Optics to giveaway their newest red-dot optic the SPARC AR. There are multiple ways to enter, and you can gain bonus entries for referring a friend. We’ll be giving away the Vortex SPARC AR at the end of this month, but every week we’re selecting a random winner and mailing them small prize from our IFC swag bag.

    Click HERE to enter.

    More updates to come. Thank you for continuing to support the Iowa Firearms Coalition!


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance Second Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports. Sign up for our email list for the latest on Second Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation. 

     

  • IFC Sponsors State IDPA Championship

    July 17, 2016

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    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance Second Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports. Sign up for our email list for the latest on Second Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation. 

  • Legislative Alert – VOTES expected TOMORROW (2/4)

    February 3, 2016

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    Iowans,

    We’ve received word the Iowa House of Representatives Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on several bills TOMORROW (2/4) afternoon. We’re believe we’ll see votes on the following pieces of potential legislation:

    Youth Safety & Parental Rights Act
    Hearing Protection Act
    Emergency Protection Act

    Here’s a link to the House Judiciary Committee members as well as their contact information.
    We’re also pleased to announce the Privacy Protection Act has been introduced into the House of Representatives. This measure would keep the personal information of Iowa’s Permit to Carry holders from being collected en masse and published for the all the world to see. This has happened in Iowa before and we have no reason to believe it won’t happen again.
    Two final thoughts.
    One, the Simpson College Shooting Club in Indianola has come under attack from a group of anti-gunners trying to get the college’s board of trustees to dismantle the club. There’s a support petition that’s been started by Simpson College Shooting Club. Please sign the petition and show Simpson’s Board of Trustees that the shooting club deserves the full support of their college.

    Lastly, don’t forget to sign up for this year’s Second Amendment Day (2/23) in the Iowa Legislature. If tomorrow’s votes in the House Judiciary Committee go well, there’s a chance we’ll see pro-gun owner bills debated and voted on on the 23rd. So mark your calendars, request a vacation day off work, and bring a few friends to join your fellow freedom loving Iowans in Des Moines on February 23rd.
    More updates to come!

     


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Permit to Carry process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance Second Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports. Sign up for our email list for the latest on Second Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation. 

  • Legislator forum schedule 1/29-1/31

    January 28, 2016

    1/29-1/31

    Iowa legislators regularly hold public meetings with their constituents. Asking your legislators in person what they’re doing to protect and enhance your right to keep and bear arms in Iowa is the single most impactful thing you can do to help advance our cause. We can’t stress this enough. Writing emails, and making phone calls are great and most definitely help make a difference. But when you meet a legislator in person they can’t ignore you like they can ignore a voicemail or an email.

    Below is a list of the events taking place this weekend. If you’re not sure what to say, or how to say what you’re thinking the Iowa Firearms Coalition is more than happy to help you prepare a couple of thoughts. Email us at info@IowaFC.org we’ll help make sure you’re prepared and put you in contact with other pro-gun folks who’ll be attending the meeting. In the meantime this guide should serve as great starting point.

    If you can, please try to get out and ask your elected officials what they’re doing to protect and enhance your Second Amendment rights. They represent you. They work for you. They can answer a few of your questions.

    Not sure who your legislator is? Our Legislative Action Center makes it easy to see who your elected officials are. Want to know what pro-gun owner bills are in play right now? Here’s our latest update. Still not sure what to say or how to say it? Email us at info@IowaFC.org and we’ll help get you ready to go.

     

    Friday 1/29

    Amy Sinclair
    8:00 am – 9:00 am
    Farm Bureau
    212 South Franklin Street – Corydon
    Amy Sinclair
    Mosaic Building
    10:00 am – 11:00 am
    302 South 4th Street – Chariton
    Amy Sinclair
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    Lakeside Casino
    777 Casino Drive – Osceola
    Randy Feenstra
    Pizza Ranch
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    1505 8th Street Southeast – Orange City
    Amy Sinclair
    2:00-3:00pm
    Leon Community Center
    203 Northeast 2nd Street – Leon
    Joel Fry
    8:00 AM
    Corydon
    Farm Bureau
    Joel Fry
    10:00 AM
    Chariton
    Mosaic Building
    Joel Fry
    12:00 PM
    Osceola
    Lakeside Casino
    Joel Fry
    2:00 PM
    Leon
    Community Center
    Greg Heartsill
    8:00 AM
    Russel
    Last Chance Market
    Greg Heartsill
    10:00 AM
    Chariton
    Mosaic Building
    John Kooiker
    12:00 PM
    Orange City
    Pizza Ranch
    Linda Miller
    9:00 AM
    Bettendorf
    Devil’s Glen HyVee Coffee Shop

    Saturday 1/30

    Mike Gronstal
    9:00 am – 10:30 am
    Wilson Middle School Auditorium715 N 21st Street
    Council Bluffs, IA 51501
    Brian Schoenjahn
    January 30 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am CST
    Westgate Public Library,180 Main Street
    Westgate, IA 50681 United States
    Mary Jo Wilhelm
    January 30 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am CST
    St Ansgar City Hall,111 S Mitchell St
    St Ansgar, IA 50472 United States
    Tod Bowman
    January 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
    Country Junction Restaurant,913 15th Ave SE
    Dyersville, IA 52040 United States
    Liz Mathis
    January 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am CST
    Marion Public Library, 1095 6th Ave
    Marion, IA 52302 United States
    Steve Sodders
    January 30 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am CST
    Albion Fire Station,100 S. Main Street
    Albion, IA 50005 United States
    Steve Sodders
    January 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
    Tremont on Main,22 W Main St
    Marshalltown, IA 50158 United States
    Mark Costello
    7:30 am – 8:30
    Red Oak YMCA, Red Oak Iowa
    Tom Shipley
    9:00 am – 10:30
    Woodrow Wilson Junior High, Council Bluffs Iowa
    Mark Costello
    9:30 am – 10:30
    Glenwood City Hall, Glenwood Iowa
    Brad Zaun
    10:30 am – 12:00
    Urbandale Chamber Offices, Urbandale Iowa
    Cecil Dolecheck
    7:30 AM
    Red Oak
    Montgomery County YMCA
    Mary Ann Hanusa
    9:00 AM
    Council Bluffs
    Woodrow Wilson Middle School
    Bobby Kaufmann
    8:00 AM
    Bennett
    American Legion
    Bobby Kaufmann
    10:30 AM
    Clarence
    City Council Chambers
    Bobby Kaufmann
    1:00 PM
    Lowden
    City Council Chambers
    Sandy Salmon
    9:00 AM
    Sumner
    Public Library
    Sandy Salmon
    11:00 AM
    Dunkerton
    Public Library
    John Wills
    11:00 AM
    Sibley
    Public Library
  • Week Two in the Iowa Legislature

    January 24, 2016

    Week Two in the Iowa Legislature
    A solid start to 2016

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    In the last week we’ve seen plenty of action on the Second Amendment front in the Iowa legislature. When we emailed you last there were four solidly pro-gun owner bills that had just been filed for 2016. Since then a fifth bill has been filed in the Senate that would allow deer hunters to carry a handgun for their own protection while out deer hunting. It’s been dubbed the “Hunter Protection Act” and you can find a brief overview and a link to the bill on our 2016 Iowa Legislative Session page.

    Other bills already filed for 2016 include:

    Late last week a House Judiciary subcommittee voted 2-1 to advance the Emergency Protection Act, and it now goes before the entire House Judiciary Committee. It’s encouraging to see an IFC backed bill already advancing.

    Subcommittee votes on the Hearing Protection Act and the Youth Safety and Parental Rights Act are expected to take place early this week. We also expect to see additional pro-gun owner bills introduced soon.

    Reminder: we also have our Advocacy Campaign up and running over in our Legislative Action Center. This tool lets you email your legislators about pro-gun owner bills in less than 60 seconds. It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s free. There’s no reason you should not be voicing your Second Amendment support to your legislators. Please take action today to help us defend the Second Amendment rights of all Iowans. Once you’re done forward this valuable link to your family and friends.

    As always we’ll be alerting you to any important updates or breaking news related to Second Amendment issues in Iowa.

    Thanks for your continued support!


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance Second Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports. Sign up for our email list for the latest on Second Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation. 

  • Legislator forum schedule 1/22-1/24

    January 21, 2016

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    Iowa legislators regularly hold public meetings with their constituents. Asking your legislators in person what they’re doing to protect and enhance your right to keep and bear arms in Iowa is the single most impactful thing you can do to help advance our cause. We can’t stress this enough. Writing emails, and making phone calls are great and most definitely help make a difference. But when you meet a legislator in person they can’t ignore you like they can ignore a voicemail or an email.

    Below is a list of the events taking place this weekend. If you’re not sure what to say, or how to say what you’re thinking the Iowa Firearms Coalition is more than happy to help you prepare a couple of thoughts. Email us at info@IowaFC.org we’ll help make sure you’re prepared and put you in contact with other pro-gun folks who’ll be attending the meeting. In the meantime this guide should serve as great starting point.

    If you can, please try to get out and ask your elected officials what they’re doing to protect and enhance your Second Amendment rights. They represent you. They work for you. They can answer a few of your questions.

    Not sure who your legislator is? Our Legislative Action Center makes it easy to see who your elected officials are. Want to know what pro-gun owner bills are in play right now? Here’s our latest update. Still not sure what to say or how to say it? Email us at info@IowaFC.org and we’ll help get you ready to go.

     

    Friday 1/22

    Keokuk Legislative Forum
    Sen. Rich Taylor
    January 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CST
    Hawkeye Restaurant, 105 N Park Dr
    Keokuk, IA 52632 United States
    Jones County Legislative Forum
    Sen. Tod Bowman
    January 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CST
    Monticello City Council Building, 200 E 1st St
    Monticello, IA 52310 United States
    Black Hawk County Legislative Forum
    Sens. Bill Dotzler, Brian Schoenjahn, Jeff Danielson
    January 22 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm CST
    AEA 267, 3712 Cedar Heights Drive
    Cedar Falls, IA 50613 United States
    Sen. MARK COSTELLO & Rep. Cecil Dolecheck
    1/22/2016
    7:00 am – 8:00 am
    Bedford Farm Bureau Office
    607 Pollock Boulevard – Bedford
    Rep. Greg Heartsill
    Heartsill 8:00 AM Tracey Two Rivers Co-Op
    Rep. Greg Heartsill
    9:30 AM Bussey City Hall
    Rep. Linda Miller
    9:00 AM Bettendorf Hyvee Coffee Shop on Devils Glenn

    Saturday 1/23

    Henry County Legislative Forum
    Sen. Rich Taylor
    January 23 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am CST
    Chadwick Library at Iowa Wesleyan University, 107 W Broad St
    Mt Pleasant, IA 52641 United States
    Story County Legislative Wake-Up
    Sen. Herman Quirmbach
    January 23 @ 8:45 am – 10:15 am CST
    Nevada City Council Chamber, 1209 6th Street
    Nevada, IA 50201 United States
    Jackson County Legislative Forum
    Sen. Tod Bowman
    January 23 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am CST
    Maquoketa City Hall, 201 E Pleasant St
    Maquoketa, IA 52060 United States
    Johnson County Legislative Forum
    Sen. Bob Dvorsky, Joe Bolkcom, Kevin Kinney
    January 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am CST
    Iowa City City Council Chambers, Harvat Hall, 410 E. Washington Street
    Iowa City , IA 52240 United States
    Scott County Legislative Forum
    Sen. Chris Brase, Joe Seng, Rita Hart, Roby Smith Rep. Linda Miller
    January 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
    Saint Ambrose University Rogalski Center, 518 W Locust Street
    MEET SENATOR TIM KRAAYENBRINK
    1/23/2016
    7:30 am – 10:00 am
    Iowa Central Community College – Triton Cafe
    1 Triton Circle – Fort Dodge
    Sen. MARK COSTELLO Rep. Cecil Dolecheck
    1/23/2016
    8:00 am – 9:00 am
    Shenandoah Fire Station
    400 W Sheridan Avenue – Shenandoah
    MEET SENATOR TOM SHIPLEY
    1/23/2016
    8:00 am – 9:00 am
    Creston Meal Site
    116 W Adams St – Creston
    MEET SENATOR KEN ROZENBOOM
    1/23/2016
    8:30 am – 9:30 am
    Smokey Row
    109 S. Market Street – Oskaloosa
    Sen. MARK COSTELLO Rep. Cecil Dolecheck
    1/23/2016
    10:00 am – 11:00 am
    Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum
    122 West Clark Street – Clarinda
    MEET SENATOR TOM SHIPLEY
    1/23/2016
    10:00 am – 11:00 am
    Corning Public Library
    603 9th Street – Corning
    Sen. MARK COSTELLO Rep. Cecil Dolecheck
    1/23/2016
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    ISU Extension Office
    101 North Polk – Mount Ayr
    Rep. Stan Gustafson
    9:00 AM Winterset Farmers and Merchants Bank
    Rep. Daniel Huseman & Megan Jones
    9:30 AM Spencer City Council Chambers
    Rep. Megan Jones
    11:30 AM Okaboji Pearson Lakes Art Center
    Rep. Sandy Salmon
    10:00 AM Waverly Public Library
    Rep. Matt Windschitl
    10:00 AM Logan Logan Community Center

    Sunday 1/24

    Des Moines-Area Legislative Forum
    Sen. Matt McCoy
    January 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CST
    Des Moines Central Library, 1000 Grand Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
  • Legislative Alert – Pro-gun owner bills filed in IA legislature

    January 20, 2016


    Pro-gun owner bills filed

    Iowans,

    We’ve got our first real action of the 2016 legislative session. Several pro-gun owner bills have been officially filed and are beginning their journey through the legislative process. These bills address several items, they are:

    Youth Safety and Parental Rights Act
    HF2042
    Repeals Iowa’s ban on supervised youth handgun training
    Hearing Protection Act
    HF2043
    Legalizes suppressors in Iowa
    Emergency Protection Act
    HF2044
    Guarantees Second Amendment rights are not suspended during a state of emergency
    HF2066
    Allows lawful Permit to Carry holders to carry while using off-road vehicles

    These are the first of several pro-gun owner bills we’ll be lobbying for in 2016. We’ll be updating you as additional bills are filed (including gun control bills filed by anti-gunners in the Iowa legislature).

    We’ll be doing our part to get these pro-gun owner bills passed, but it’s crucial that we get you to do two things: 1) Contact your legislators and tell them you want to see them support these pieces of legislation. 2) Educate your friends and family about these issues.

    We try to do everything we can to make it as easy as possible for you to accomplish both of these tasks. Our Guide to Talking with Your Legislators gives easy step-by-step instructions on how to be a strong advocate for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and our Legislative Action Center makes it extremely easy to get in contact with your legislators. And we have a number of great resources on our website www.IowaFC.org to help you get educated and help educate your family and friends.

    We’re now firmly in the opening round of this year’s legislative fight.

    More updates to come.

    Thanks for your ongoing support.


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance Second Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports. Sign up for our email list for the latest on Second Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation. 

  • Iowa Legislative Session – 2016 Kick-off

    January 10, 2016
    2016 Legislative session begins TOMORROW
    Time to get to work

    The 2016 legislative session officially begins tomorrow, January 11th. The Iowa Firearms Coalition will once again be carrying the Second Amendment banner, and leading the way for all gun rights advocates in Iowa. We have an aggressive agenda set forth with numerous bills waiting to be introduced. We’ll be detailing each of them as they’re introduced.

    That, however, is only half of the work that must be done. We know that anti-gun owner groups are lurking, trying to slowly erode our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. For years the Iowa Firearms Coalition has had great success keeping them at bay, but that’s only possible if our members are on-guard and active.

    We’ve just launched our first advocacy campaign of 2016. This pre-written email will help you establish contact with your legislators, and more importantly let them know they have voters in their districts who are keeping a close eye on their work. We are also fortunate to be able to present a guide on how to make the biggest impact possible when talking with your legislators.

           

    In the past couple of weeks we’ve also posted a number of updates on our website about important or noteworthy issues related to Iowans and the Second Amendment. These include posts about gun control advocates trying to frame gun owners for a fake terror attack on the Iowa House of Representatives – responsible gun owners in Indianola who stopped a potential mass shooting before it ever started – and an important reminder about firearm safety. We’re regularly updating the news portion of our website. Stop by and check it out.

                             

    Finally, don’t forget about our “Come and Take It” discount. Get an IFC membership for just $20, and take $10 off an annual NRA membership. This is a short time deal that will only be good for another week.

     


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance Second Amendment rights in Iowa. An affiliate of the National Rifle Association, the IFC actively seeks to foster and promote the shooting sports. Sign up for our email list for the latest on Second Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation.