• Branstad expected to sign HF517 this week!

    April 9, 2017

    Branstad expected to sign HF517 this week!

    Iowans-

    We’ve cleared all the legislative hurdles. Passed all the subcommittees, committees and floor votes. Now the biggest pro-Second Amendment bill in the history of our state is one signature away from being law.

    Following an epic set of closing comments from Rep. Matt Windchitl the Iowa House of Representatives passed House File 517 for the final time, concurring with the Senate and sending HF517 to Governor Terry Branstad. Governor Branstad’s office has indicated he plans to sign the bill into law this week.

    Once the bill is signed by the governor two provisions, Permit Privacy and Supervised Youth Handgun Training, will be effective immediately. The rest, Stand Your Ground, SBRs/SBSs, Emergency Powers, and so on, will go into effect on July 1st.
    Windschitl: “Iowa gun owners are being lied to”

    Representative Windschitl’s closing remarks on House File 517 have caused quite a stir throughout the state. Windschitl called out the Iowa Gun Owners (IGO) group for lying to thousands of Iowans. Windschitl noted that despite their claims of being the driving force behind HF517, Iowa Gun Owners and their leaders never once spoke up about HF517, Stand Your Ground or any other provision of HF517 during the multiple subcommittees and public comment periods. IGO never registered as an organization in favor of the gun bill (here’s the list of everyone who actually declared for or against HF517) and most shockingly IGO isn’t even registered as a lobbying organization in the State of Iowa.  We’ve uploaded Rep. Windschitl’s comments to our YouTube page.Windschitl’s epic closing comments caused enough stir that KCRG‘s Forrest Saunders did some digging and found even more concerning information on the Iowa Gun Owners organization.Tax documents from 2014 show Iowa Gun Owners made more than $293,000– mostly from grants and contributions. All but about $13,000 was spent. The majority of the money went to list email fees, direct mail fees and postage.
    There was no compensation listed for any employees, including Director Dorr, despite claiming he works 70 hours per week.
    KCRG-TV9 asked Dorr about the amount of time he works for the group without payment. He called the question “hostile” and declined to answer, except through email.
    Word is getting out about who’s actually fighting for your rights in Des Moines and who’s continually blowing hot air. Please keep spreading the word about the Iowa Firearms Coalition!Suppressor Giveaway
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    If you’re not an IFC member, now would be a very good time to join. We’ll announce the winner Saturday, April 29th, so if you’re not a member yet you’ve still got a chance to join up and win.

    Annual IFC Memberships are $35 a year. We also have IFC Life Memberships available and for a short time we’re running special on life memberships. Our normal $600 life membership rate has been temporarily reduced to $400 if you sign up online and use the Coupon Code: LIFE.

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  • Zaun Responds to Misleading Iowa Gun Owner Attack

    February 19, 2017

    The image above was posted on the Iowa Gun Owners Facebook page on 2/19/17. This deliberately misleading information urged their members to contact Zaun under knowingly false pretenses.

    Deliberately Misleading

    Senator Brad Zaun is responding to false allegations that he has pulled his support for Stand Your Ground legislation in Iowa.

    Sunday, February 19th, the Iowa Gun Owners (IGO) Facebook page posted a picture of Senator Zaun with a caption falsely claiming that he had “withdrawn his support for Stand Your Ground law!” The post included Zaun’s home and cell-phone numbers and encouraged their members to call him. The problem is this Iowa Gun Owner call to action was deliberately misleading as many of their members soon found out from Senator Zaun himself.

    Zaun has been a supporter of Stand Your Ground for years. Despite IGO’s claims he has not pulled his support for Stand Your Ground law, and Senator Zaun continues to be a very outspoken advocate for pro-gun legislation in Iowa (he’s even been known to carry in capitol, much to anti-gunner’s chagrin).

    Zaun’s Response

    Iowa Senator Brad Zaun’s Response to Iowa Gun Owners Deliberately False Attack on Him.

    Senator Zaun has been issuing the following response to anyone that emails him about his so-called lack of support for Stand Your Ground. He’s also asked us to help him set the record straight and share his comments about this matter:

    “It is correct that I scratched my name off Sen. Bertrand’s/Aaron Dorr Stand Your Ground bill. Several weeks ago, I mentioned to Sen. Bertrand to not harass members of our new Republican caucus and that Stand Your Ground language will be included in one big pro second amendment omnibus bill. Recently, it was brought to my attention that IGO was dropping robo calls in some Senate Republican districts and delivering about 4” of petitions from IGO that only included the first name and last name initial. It was at that time I scratched my name off of Sen. Bertrand’s bill.

    With that said, I have not changed or weakened my position on our second amendment rights including Stand Your Ground. I will be advancing the omnibus bill which will include Stand Your Ground language.

    To be clear Aaron Dorr has no political capital with me and never will, as in the past he has compared me with Nancy Pelosi, once again using this as a fundraising effort. Have you ever seen an email alert from him that is not asking for your money?

    I personally know many members of the Iowa Gunowners Association and have much respect for, my problem is not with you, but just that you are being used to pay for Aaron Dorr’s salary.

    Brad

    What’s Going On & Why Is IGO Lying?

    There are several so-called Stand Your Ground bills that have been introduced this legislative session. These bills would remove Iowa’s current “duty to retreat” law that requires law-abiding run from a self-defense situation. Currently there are at least three Stand Your Ground Bills in the Iowa Senate:

    Senate File 25 | Senate File 70Senate File 262

    Zaun has previously indicated his support for all of three of the bills. He had been a co-sponsor of SF262 (the bill favored by IGO), but pulled his support for that bill after IGO had allegedly started to badger some of Zaun’s fellow Republicans about this matter.

    It’s important to note that SF262, which was introduced on February 25th by Senator Rick Bertrand, an IGO ally, is an almost word-for-word copy of SF25 which was introduced on January 11th, the very first day of the 2017 legislative session.

    To recap, Stand Your Ground was introduced on the very first day the session as SF25. An almost exact copy of that bill is introduced over a month later in the form of SF262. The original version is still viable and in perfectly good standing, meaning there’s no need to introduce a duplicate version of a perfectly good and viable bill. IGO then starts to trying to drum up co-sponsors for their duplicate Stand Your Ground Bill (SF262) by threatening Senator Zaun’s fellow Republicans. What happens next? Senator Zaun, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, withdraws his co-sponsorship of SF262 (talk about your plans back-firing…).

    All of this leads to IGO releasing false information about Zaun’s lack of support for Stand Your Ground and deliberately misleading IGO members into harassing a staunch supporter of gun owner rights. What does an organization gain from lying its own members? Who knows?

    Now, it all might have worked except that Senator Zaun has been setting the record straight with everyone that calls him up, and now IGO members have been getting a dose of reality about Senator Zaun, Stand Your Ground and the code of ethics the Iowa Gun Owners operates under.

    Make no mistake Iowans, Stand Your Ground is still very much alive. Senator Brad Zaun continues to support Stand Your Ground (just no longer the IGO backed SF262 version). And IGO has been caught spreading false information to the very people who support them.

    It Makes No Sense

    When you consider all of the facts this whole ordeal makes very little sense. Senator Zaun has a reputation in the capitol as an extremely staunch and outspoken supporter of pro-Second Amendment legislation (including Stand Your Ground). Gun owners who are truly in the know have known this about Zaun for years.

    Zaun is also the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. This is a critical fact that cannot be overlooked. Almost every single pro-gun bill in the Senate gets assigned to the Judiciary Committee. As chairman of the Judiciary Committee Zaun has the power to decide which bills get scheduled for votes and which bills get “filed away” never to see the light of day again. Ask yourself this, if you were running a group of Iowa gun owners and pushing a Stand Your Ground bill (like, for instance, SF262), do you think it would be a good idea to alienate and attack a key legislator who can single-handedly kill your bill? Do you think that would increase or decrease your odds of success?

    And if you were truly supportive of passing Stand Your Ground legislation in Iowa wouldn’t you support any bill that could effectively accomplish this goal? Not just a duplicate bill that you copied and pasted from someone else and now call your own? And if you were truly supportive of Stand Your Ground wouldn’t you be honest with your members and explain that even though a key senator pulled his or her support for “your” bill there are other Stand Your Ground bills that allow you to accomplish your goal?

    Don’t Believe Us?

    Numerous followers of the Iowa Gun Owners Facebook page have started to get wise the IGO lies.

    We’re fully aware that there are some Iowans who like IGO and will refuse to believe any of this. That’s fine, but if you’re one of them we challenge you to start asking questions like the ones above. Post a link to this on the IGO Facebook page. Or better yet, post Senator Zaun’s response to the IGO attack and see what happens. When your comments get deleted, post it again (if you haven’t been banned). Then ask yourself if a group that misleads it’s members and then deletes anyone who questions them is really working in your best interest. Start Googling and asking around in forums and other Facebook gun groups that aren’t associated with IGO. There are gun owners all over Iowa who’ve come to the realization that this group is surrounded by controversy, bribery and sketchy behavior (just ask imprisoned and former Iowa Senator Kent Sorenson).

    Finally, we know there’s a good chance IGO will lash out at us for supporting Senator Zaun. Let them. It won’t do anything to stop us from accomplishing our goals or even slow us down. We know the truth of the matter and so do our members. We also know the Iowa Firearms Coalition is the only truly effective Second Amendment group in Iowa. The only group to get pro-gun laws passed in this state. The only group that lawmakers will work with. And mark our words: We’ll be the ones standing by the governor’s side when Stand Your Ground is signed into law. The beauty of all this is you don’t have to take our word for it. Ask around. Google us. We’re confident you’ll be encouraged by what you see.

    It’s a shame that good, truly pro-Second Amendment lawmakers get drug through the mud by supposed gun rights “advocates,” but that’s the reality we face here in Iowa. For those of you who know the Truth About IGO, kudos and thank you for your support. For those of you who are just learning the truth: welcome, you are most certainly not alone.

  • BEWARE the anti-gunner’s new best friend in Iowa.

    April 14, 2015

     

    Vital Update:
    New Lies Being Spread About Omnibus Gun Bill
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    We’ve seen a lot of out-of-state anti-gun groups attack the Omnibus Gun Bill this year, and while that should be no surprise, we’re now seeing this bill come under attack from a handful of all or nothing “pro-gun” Iowans.

    To review here’s who we’ve been fighting all year-long:

    Everytown for Gun Safety.
    Moms Demand Action.
    The Center for American Progress.
    Americans for Responsible Solutions.
    Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
    And more.
    They are all big money, national level gun control groups run by the likes of Michael Bloomberg, Gabby Giffords, the Brady Campaign as well as others. And they’re all united and actively working against Iowa’s Omnibus Gun Bill.Now, these hardcore gun control zealots have a new friend and ally from right here in Iowa.A group of self-purported “gun owners” from here in Iowa are actively campaigning against this bill, and the many vital improvements it would make to the lives and rights of Iowa’s gun owners. This group has a track record of killing pro gun bills, and they have never gotten a single piece of legislation signed into law.What’s worse, they’ve adopted the gun-grabber’s model of using lies, half-truths, and deleting factual comments in order to keep well-meaning Second Amendment advocates confused and in the dark. Their behavior is shameful, and is once again doing more harm than good.This group is now standing shoulder to shoulder with Bloomberg & Company’s lobbyists fighting to stop the Omnibus Gun Bill from making any progress. They may have different reasons, but these groups are now both united in the same anti-gun owner cause: killing the Omnibus Gun Bill and all the benefits it would bring to Iowans.

    We all knew all along the anti-gunners would resort to tricks and deceit, but to see another self-proclaimed “pro-gun” group from here in Iowa join forces with them is a surprise to many. But for many of us who follow this issue closely this is no surprise at all because this isn’t the first time this has happened.

    This same group actively lobbied against the Shall Issue concealed carry reforms we passed 5 years ago. If they had their way we’d still be holding out for a “perfect firearms bill” that never had a chance at passing. Had they been successful hundreds of thousands of Iowans would not be able enjoy the freedom to lawfully carry concealed weapons that we enjoy today. Instead of working to protect and enhance the Second Amendment rights of Iowans by any means possible, this group of gun owners would rather gamble everything on improbable, all or nothing, high stakes bills. This approach is almost always guaranteed to fail and their track record proves it. Not one single piece of pro-gun legislation they’ve sponsored has ever reached the Governor’s desk, let alone been signed into law.

    Now they’re up to their same old tricks, working again in lock step with Bloomberg and Company, this time to kill Iowa’s Omnibus Gun Bill.

    Very briefly let’s review everything these anti-gun owners are now working against:

    1.      Legalizing suppressors.2.      Creating new and streamlined training requirements for renewal Permit’s to Carry and moves the time between training from 5 years to 10 years.3.      Allowing for a renewal applicant to renew their permit under any of the current training requirements including shooting on a range if they so choose.4.      Establishing that a veteran with small arms training will never have to go through initial or renewal training to obtain their permit to carry.5.      Extending the window for qualifying training from the current 12 months now to 24 months. Meaning that if an applicant has had any qualifying training in the last 24 months that will qualify them for their new or renewal permit.

    6.      Creating a requirement for uniform permits throughout the state and establishes that all permits, carry and acquire, shall NOT be issued for a particular weapon nor can it contain any identifying information about the weapon including the make, model, serial number or any ammo used in the firearm. It also says applicants residence must not be listed on the permit and prohibits the inclusion of their social security number.

    7.      Extending the Permit to Acquire from a 1 year permit to a 5 year permit. This matches it up with the Permit to Carry which is also a 5 year permit.

    8.      Adding new language that if a permit is denied and it is later determined that it should not have been that the applicant can recoup reasonable attorney’s fees.

    9.   Removing the absurd ban on parents being able to teach their child proper handgun safety if the child is under the age of fourteen.

    10.   Establishing a statewide verification system for law enforcement to determine if a permit is valid. There is no new database, all permits are already on file with the state and have been for years. This system merely creates a process by which law enforcement can verify the validity of a Permit to Carry. This benefits you by preventing law enforcement from having to seize your weapon if you unintentionally forget your permit.

    11. Blocking the media from collecting the private information (name, date of birth, address, etc.) of Iowa’ permit holders. Current law allows for any member of the public to request to see all of your personal information on your permit application. Under the new provision if they make the request they will only be given a yes or no answer as to whether your permit is valid and the validity dates of such a permit. The person making the request must also give their name, contact information and the reason they are making the request. This information will be kept on file in the sheriff’s office and be accessible to those who wish to inquire if someone has been asking about their permit.

    Anyone that opposes the Omnibus Gun Bill opposes all of these measures. Anyone that works against this bill is saying they are against family rights, improving Iowa’s Permit to Carry system, gun safety training for kids, stopping the mass media from publishing interactive maps to permit holders, veterans rights, legalizing suppressors and more.It makes no difference what their reasons are, if anyone opposes the Omnibus Gun Bill they’re effectively saying they’re in favor of keeping things in Iowa the way they are. Whether it’s because they want to take away your rights, or because they’re too idealistic and waiting for the perfect bill, the end result is all the same. Iowans get nothing but more of the same.Fortunately through our talks with multiple key legislators we’ve learned that all of these anti-gunners efforts have amounted to little more than a bunch of hot air. As of right now the Omnibus Gun Bill still has the votes to pass, and we’re working overtime to keep it that way.However, all of this highlights the fact that the lawmaking process is not pretty and it’s far from ideal. If you sit around waiting for our legislative system to create and pass a perfect pro-gun bill you’re going to be waiting until the end of time.The Omnibus Gun Bill is not perfect, there’s a lot of things we’d like to see added. But what is most important is that this bill improves the Second Amendment rights of Iowans and it’s capable of being passed right now.

    We cannot let the quest for perfection stand in the way of making vital improvements right now.

    P.S – It’s unfortunate that in addition to having to square off with national anti-gun groups, we now find the Omnibus Gun Bill coming under attack from deceitful forces within our own camp. It’s almost unbelievable seeing misguided gun owners working with gun grabbers to kill this bill. But at the end of the day we’re committed 100% to protecting and enhancing the Second Amendment rights of Iowans, and that means we’ll take on anyone that seeks to block our efforts.

    Whether you’re a billionaire nanny state 1%’er, or a crooked sleazy lobbyist who’s been caught bribing Iowa politicians, it makes no difference to us, we’ll continue to do what we do better than anyone else, and that’s protect and enhance the Second Amendment rights of all Iowans.


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