• Iowa Gun Bill One Vote Away from Governor’s Desk

    March 19, 2017


    HF517 is Potentially
    One Vote Away From The Gov’s Desk
    The Iowa Senate Could Vote On HF517 Any Day

    Iowans-

    Late last week House File 517 passed out of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee on a 10-2 vote. The bill got bi-partisan support (the two voting against the bill were Senators Nate Boulton and Janet Peterson). Thank you to all you who contacted your Senator before last week’s Senate Judiciary vote.We’re now all queued up for a vote in the full Iowa Senate.

    Three Potential Outcomes

    Any day now the Senate could vote on the Omnibus Gun Bill. When they vote there are three potential outcomes: Pass HF517 as is, Pass HF517 with an amendment, or Vote down HF517.
    Read more about How a Bill becomes a Law in Iowa on our website.

    If the Senate passes the bill as is (without any amendments) the bill then goes to Governor Terry Branstad.If the Senate passes HF517 with an amendment the proposed changes go back to the House who will have to vote Yes or No to accept the Senate’s amendment(s). If the House accepts the changes the bill goes to the Governor’s desk. If they vote No the amendment is sent back to the Senate and they will likely create a joint “conference committee” of Senators and Representatives to reconcile their differences and find a compromise.

    If the Senate votes No on HF517 the bill is dead for the year.

    Needless to say we’re very close getting this bill to the Governor, but this is no time to get complacent! We need to you keep up the phone calls and emails to the Senate.

    Keep Emailing!

    Our Advocacy Campaign makes it ridiculously easy to email your Senator (it takes just seconds). Whether you use our Advocacy Campaign or write your own email to your Senator, please take some time to reach out in support of HF517. Your calls and emails really do make a difference. We saw that in the House and we saw it in the Senate Judiciary Committee where members of both parties supported our bill.

    Have You Bought A Membership Yet?

    We’re on the verge of passing the biggest pro-gun owner bill in the history of our state. If you’re reading this you’ve probably written an email or two, or made phone calls about gun bills in the past. We truly appreciate your support and we strongly encourage you to Become an IFC member.

    Your membership dues help us continue the work we’ve started, they help us build off previous victories and help us educate more Iowans who want to protect and enhance the Second Amendment in our great state.

    Annual IFC Memberships are $35 a year. We also have IFC Life Memberships available. We’re running a short-term 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.

    In addition to supporting an organization that’s actively working (and winning) for you, you’ll get a membership card, sticker and soon we’ll be announcing a great new members only drawing. Here’s a sneak peek:
    In the mean time, please keep calling, keep emailing and keep spreading the word about HF517. We’ll alert you as soon as we know there will be a Senate vote. In the mean time, THANK YOU for supporting the Iowa Firearms Coalition!

  • Action Needed! HF517, Iowa’s Stand Your Ground & More

    March 14, 2017


    Senate Moving Quickly on HF517
    Judiciary Committee Planning to Vote Thursday

    Email Your Senator Now

    Friends, this afternoon a three person Iowa Senate subcommittee voted to advance HF517 to the Senate Judiciary Committee. We don’t have an exact time yet, but we believe the Judiciary Committee will vote on this bill on Thursday, 3/16.
    We need you to do these two things FAST:
    1. Email your State Senator – our brand new Advocacy Campaign makes it incredibly easy
    2. Get at least 3 other people to email their Senators – forward this email or send them this link:
    www.votervoice.net/IFC/campaigns/50721/respond
    This is the biggest pro-gun owner bill in state history. Stand Your Ground, Short Barreled Rifles, Youth Shooting, Permit Privacy and more. It’s all wrapped into House File 517.

    Visit our How a Bill Becomes A Law page if you’re wondering how close we are to getting this signed into law (HF517 is currently at step 16 of 20). We’ll be sharing more details on when to expect a vote as they become available. For now we need you to take action and email your Senators and respectfully urge them to vote Yes on HF517.

    Senate Judiciary Committee
    brad.zaun@legis.iowa.gov, dan.dawson@legis.iowa.gov, rich.taylor@legis.iowa.gov, tony.bisignano@legis.iowa.gov, nate.boulton@legis.iowa.gov, jeff.edler@legis.iowa.gov, julian.garrett@legis.iowa.gov, kevin.kinney@legis.iowa.gov, janet.petersen@legis.iowa.gov, charles.schneider@legis.iowa.gov, jason.schultz@legis.iowa.gov, tom.shipley@legis.iowa.gov, amy.sinclair@legis.iowa.gov

    Thank you for helping IFC
    Protect & Enhance the Second Amendment
    in Iowa!


  • Legislative Update – HF517 Assigned to Subcommittee

    March 12, 2017

    Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Assigned
    Omnibus Gun Bill Advances to the Senate
    Second Amendment Day 2017 a resounding SUCCESS!

    HF517 Status Report:

    By now you’ve probably heard, House File 517 breezed through the House last Tuesday on a 58-39 vote. This means HF517, the biggest pro-Second Amendment bill in state history, is now in the Iowa Senate. Our bill has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee and a three person subcommittee consisting of Senators Dan Dawson, Janet Peterson and Brad Zaun. This is very good news.

    As we’ve told you before, Senator Zaun is staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and long time ally of the Iowa Firearms Coalition. Senator Dawson is new to the Iowa Senate (he’s the man who replaced Mike Gronstal) and is a major supporter of gun owner’s rights and has been a big advocate for our bill in the Senate. Both Zaun and Dawson made time to come over to the House and watch the debate on HF517 last Tuesday. Senator Dawson stayed and observed the entire 4+ hour debate. That’s extremely encouraging.

    When will they vote? At this point it’s impossible to tell, nothing is on the schedule yet. Though both Zaun and Dawson have assured us this will not get brushed aside. We could see movement on HF517 in the Senate as early as this week, so be ready to take action on short notice.

    Who Voted YES

    Please take a moment and send a quick thank you to the 58 Republicans and Democrats who voted YES on HF517. Here’s the list of House members Who Voted YES on HF517.

    Thank you to all of you who took time to reach out to your representatives. Representative Scott Ourth, a Democrat, recently explained why he broke ranks with many of his fellow Democrats and voted YES on HF517:
    “I got hundreds emails and phone calls urging me to vote “yes” and hardly any asking me to resist.”
    Because of you and the thousands like you who took the time to send emails and make phone calls Rep. Ourth voted yes on our bill. This proves it yet again, your time and effort are not in vain. Keep up the good work, we’re not done yet!

    2A Day a SUCCESS!

    Big shout out to all of you who took time to join us in the capitol for Second Amendment Day 2017! We had a great turnout of at least 120 people (note: these are all voting age Iowans -not minors- who are unpaid and took time off work to join us). We booked a large private room in the capitol so that we could have a number of speakers join us, unfortunately the room was too small to hold everyone, we had more than 30 people lined up outside the door trying to get in.​
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    We’re extremely pleased (and proud) to report that everything went smoothly. We had a great crowd. Everyone in attendance did an outstanding job of representing IFC and gun owners everywhere. And we got to see the House vote on a historic pro-gun owner bill.We’re already planning on doing this again next year so please make plans to join us for Second Amendment Day 2018!

    Forums

    Don’t forget, your legislators hold town hall meetings and forums regularly. Right now they’re getting bombarded by anti-gunners. It’s critical that these lawmakers hear from Iowans like you. We need to make sure we’re balancing out the gun control arguments and making it abundantly clear that a majority of Iowans like you want their right to keep and bear arms protected and enhanced. State legislator forum schedule

    While you’ve got your calendar out, Senator Joni Ernst is holding a pair of town meetings in Cedar Rapids and in Des Moines this Friday. If you can, please get to her meeting and speak up about the Second Amendment! Senator Joni Ernst forums

    More updates to come,
    Thanks for supporting the
    Iowa Firearms Coalition


  • ACTION ALERT – Gun Vote Pending in the Iowa House!

    March 5, 2017

    House Vote Expected on Second Amendment Day
    Tuesday, March 7th

    Advocacy Campaign Activated
    Less than 48 hours until we get a vote in the full House of Representatives. Now is the time to turn up the heat on the House. To make it easy for you we’ve launched a brand new Advocacy Campaign. In a matter of seconds this tool lets you send an email urging your Representative to vote Yes on HF517 (formerly known as HSB133).

    History in the Making
    HF517 is the biggest pro-Second Amendment bill in state history, and you have a perfect opportunity to see history in the making. We’re hosting Second Amendment Day 2017 this Tuesday, the exact same day that leadership in the Iowa House of Representatives has indicated they will be voting on HF517. Be there!

    Second Amendment Day 2017
    Iowa Capitol
    Tuesday, March 7th – 10:00 A.M.

    1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319

    Stand Your Ground, SBRs, Youth Shooting, Permit Privacy, Preemption Cleanup, Emergency Powers Protections, Enhanced Penalties for Straw Purchasers and more – HF517 does  more to protect and enhance Iowans’ Second Amendment freedoms than any bill we’ve ever pushed for.

    IFC has several speakers lined up for Second Amendment Day, we’ll be providing crash courses on how to lobby your legislators and of course you’ll get to watch the historic HF517 voted on IN PERSON.

    In the meantime, make sure your Representative knows you want them to Vote YES on HF517. Time is short!

    More updates to come
    Thank You for Continuing to Support the 
    Iowa Firearms Coalition!


  • ACTION ALERT – Iowa: Make the Second Amendment Great Again ;)

    November 9, 2016

    ACTION ALERT
    First Contact

    Iowans-There’s no denying it. We did it. We flipped the Iowa Senate! Our biggest roadblock has been removed. But as we told you last night this is merely the first step of the journey, albeit a huge first step. The next step is to take everything we’ve just done and cement it in minds of Iowa’s legislators. That’s where you come into play.

    Lawmakers will be meeting sooner than you probably realize, drawing up plans, committee assignments and establishing their priorities for 2017. It’s your job to make sure they know protecting and enhancing the Second Amendment is a central part of their job (and that we’ll be holding them accountable for their actions).

    We’ve just activated a brand new Advocacy Campaign. Its purpose is to make first contact with the legislators and remind them of what the election proved last night: if they want to keep their jobs they cannot afford to ignore Iowa’s Second Amendment advocates.

    NOTE: If your elected official is one of the ones who lost yesterday, feel free to drop a note to the leadership in each chamber. Just remember to keep it brief and respectful!

    As we speak, IFC’s election work is making major waves throughout the capitol and the entire state. Iowa Public Radio has been reporting how we beat Steve Sodders. The Associated Press is spreading the word far and wide that IFC is already working on legislation for 2017. The best part about all this?

    It. Is. All. True.

    Stand Your Ground | Constitutional Carry | RKBA Constitutional Amendment | SBRs | Youth Shooting | Privacy Protection | Emergency Protection and more.

    This is all on IFC’s to-do list. But it won’t happen unless you help us make it absolutely crystal clear to Iowa’s lawmakers that as soon as the 2017 legislative session opens they better be ready to work on pro-gun owner legislation. Use our Advocacy Campaign to let them know our expectations.

    Thanks in advance for your advocacy and THANK YOU for supporting 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. 

  • Federal Gun Control Votes & Banning Assault Weapons in Iowa

    June 19, 2016

    Federal Gun Control Votes Pending!
    Contact your legislators NOW

    Iowans-

    Rather than fill your inbox with Chicken Little “the sky is falling, we need you to send money now” emails (like some other gun owners) the Iowa Firearms Coalition works hard to provide you with honest information about what’s going on on the Second Amendment front in Iowa.

    We’re not alarmists, but right now it’s time to sound the alarm. Anti-gunners are using the tragedy in Orlando to push a coordinated attack to try to ramrod through gun control measures at the state and federal level. Now is the time for action.

         

    Nationally, gun control votes are scheduled in the U.S. Senate tomorrow (6/20). If you haven’t already, you need to reach out your elected officials right now and make sure they know Iowans do not support these gun control schemes. Our Advocacy Campaign makes it ridiculously easy to make your voice heard. Please help spread the word.

    Here in Iowa, Senator (D) Matt McCoy of Des Moines has gone on record with plans to try to pass an “Assault Weapons” ban when the 2017 legislative session begins. According to McCoy, “No civilian should be able to possess a weapon that could fire a dozen bullets in under a minute.”

    Unfortunately, McCoy is not up for reelection this November, so he’s free to introduce the his ban bill in the Senate. We’d all like to think it would die the same way our Stand Your Ground, Constitutional Carry, Youth Shooting and so many other pro-gun owner bills have been killed over the years, but considering the make-up the Iowa Senate that’s hardly guaranteed.

    Fortunately we’re working very hard to flip the Senate and put gun control pushers like Matt McCoy in the minority party. Our IFC campaign division, IFC-PAC, has already been pounding the pavement in key races working to flip the Iowa Senate. There’s no shortage of work to be done, so if you’re ready to do your part to help protect and enhance the Second Amendment in Iowa please check out www.IFCPAC.com

         

    Finally, to all the dads out there HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! Great parents make great kids and we know our IFC members are some of the best the State of Iowa has to offer. So keep doing what you’re doing and one of these days you’ll even be able to legally shoot handguns with your kids. 😉

    More updates to come!


    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. 

  • Immediate Action Required – Gun Control Votes Scheduled for MONDAY

    June 17, 2016

    GUN CONTROL VOTES SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY

    EMAIL YOUR LEGISLATORS NOW

    The US Senate plans to vote on four gun control measures next Monday, June 20th. There are four proposals covering two main topics: Universal Background Checks and the so-called “No Fly, No Buy” terrorist watch list. There are two competing proposals, one from Senate Republicans and another from the Senate Democrats, addressing background checks and the No Fly, No Buy issue.

    Passage of any of the four proposals is uncertain. Sixty votes are required for any of them to pass.

    Regardless of the projections, you need to be reaching out to your elected officials NOW.

    The clock is ticking. You have until Monday to make it abundantly clear to your elected officials that you oppose any gun control laws.

    Our Advocacy Campaign makes it easy to email your legislators. It is free. It takes less than 60 seconds. And it goes directly to the elected officials who are supposed to be representing you. We strongly urge you to use it and get your friends and family to do the same.

    More updates to come.

    GUN CONTROL VOTES SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY

    EMAIL YOUR LEGISLATORS NOW

     

     


    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. 

  • 5 Ways to Actually Help Protect the 2A (Other than Argue on Social Media)

    June 14, 2016

    Gun Control on Facebook

    1. Write your legislators

    Right now lawmakers are being flooded with calls and emails from anti-gunners. If they don’t hear from you, pro-Second Amendment voters, they may start to think no one cares about protecting our right to keep and bear arms.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition has just activated a new advocacy campaign. This pre-written email takes less than 30 seconds to send, and will be sent to your US Senator, Congressmen, and the President. Send your copy today, then get a friend to do the same.

    2. Take a non-shooter to the range

    Introducing non-shooters to our lifestyle is a phenomenal way to create new Second Amendment advocates. There are a lot of people out there who don’t own guns, but are friendly to our cause. In many cases, they just have never been asked to go shooting.

    So take someone new to the range. Show them a safe and enjoyable time. Then, after you’ve finished, explain to them why you feel the way the way you do about protecting the Second Amendment. They may not automatically agree with everything you do, but you’ve helped them take the first step, and that’s often the most difficult.

    3. Join the NRA

    There’s a reason why the Bloomberg crew spends so much time bashing the NRA and no one else…

    Lots of people talk tough about protecting the Second Amendment, but no one delivers like the National Rifle Association.

    As an NRA affiliate we can give you a $10 discount on an annual NRA membership. For just $30 you can put your money where your mouth is and support those who are leading the fight.

    4. Join your state NRA affiliate

    Gun control zealots have made it clear, they’re focusing heavily on state level gun control measures in large part because the NRA is so successful at the national level. With that pivot towards state level gun control it’s extremely important that state level groups have plenty of support.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition is Iowa’s NRA affiliate. We have a track record of getting pro-gun laws passed, and stopping gun control measures. No one is more effective at getting things done in Des Moines. We’d love for you to join us.

    5. Volunteer with a pro-Second Amendment organization

    Work a gun show booth. Help sign up new members. Handout fliers to prospective members. Help with campaign work and help put pro-Second Amendment legislators in office.

    None of these things cost any money, yet they’re incredibly valuable.

    If you’re an Iowan who believes in your right to keep and bear arms, sign up to volunteer with the Iowa Firearms Coalition. We’re an all volunteer organization, we’re Iowa’s NRA affiliate, and we’re always looking for more help. There’s no better way to do your part.

     


    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. 

  • Restore the Iowa National Guard’s Ability to Carry

    July 21, 2015
    It's time to restore the Iowa National Guard's right to carry.

    It’s time to restore the Iowa National Guard’s right to carry.

     

    Use our pre-written email to urge Governor Branstad to re-arm the Iowa National Guard today

     

    After the July 16th murder of four US Marines and one sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee governors of seven states — Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin — have issued orders that members of their state’s National Guard be armed in the wake of yet another domestic terrorist attack targeting US service members.

    It’s high time Iowa’s National Guard has their ability to carry restored.

    Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has right and the ability to re-arm Iowa’s Guardsmen. Monday, July 20th, Branstad issued a statement calling for “Federal cooperation to address the issue nationally.”

    Naturally, we’d love see all US troops given the right to carry, but frankly considering the current administration’s stance towards the Second Amendment, this appears unlikely. While we can’t realistically expect a change on a national level, action can still be taken closer to home.

    Governor Branstad has asked Major General Timothy Orr of the Iowa National Guard to “assess the protection for those working at the Guard’s military facilities and recruitment sites.”

    It doesn’t take much assessment to see American troops on US soil are being specifically targeted. What’s worse, a combination of archaic out of date orders and “Gun Free Zones” prevent our nation’s warriors from being able to defend themselves here at home.

    It’s time for change, and it’s time that change starts here in Iowa.

    Carrying a firearm won’t make members of the Iowa National Guard invincible. But it will give them a fighting chance when radicals like Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, or Nidal Malik Hasan, or lunatics like Aaron Alexis start terrorizing US military bases and recruiting stations.

    Please contact Governor Terry Branstad’s office and tell him “Re-arm the Iowa National Guard. I don’t want to see what happened in Chattanooga happen in Iowa.”

    IFC’s pre-written email to the governor takes less than 60 seconds to send. Please sign and share!

     

    Governor Terry Branstad
    1007 East Grand Ave.
    Des Moines, Iowa 50319

    Phone: 515-281-5211

     


    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.