• Legislative ALERT — Anti-Gun Bills Introduced in Iowa Legislature. Passage Highly Unlikely.

    January 22, 2015

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    Anti-gun organizations have once again submitted their usual rights-restrictive bills in the House, but key legislators have indicated that these bills will not be advancing out of the House and probably won’t even make it through committee.

    You may hear other gun groups squawking about the sky falling and needing your money to stop it from happening. DO NOT BE FOOLED, these anti-gun bills WILL NOT be passing. Instead we encourage you to save that money to spend on fun stuff, like ammunition, training or a NFA tax stamp for the suppressors that will soon be legal in Iowa!

    In the meantime, the Iowa Firearms Coalition has been working closely with leaders and legislators in both chambers and are close to achieving the final language of a bill to be filed in the Senate and the House very soon. While we can’t reveal the bill right now since negotiations are still ongoing, we are comfortable saying that once it’s passed, gun owners across Iowa will be very pleased.

    (From left to right) Richard Rodgers, Iowa Firearms Coalition Board Member; Kraig Paulsen, Speaker of the House; Linda Upmeyer, House Majority Leader; Clel Baudler, R. House Member; Gibson girls with their father, Nathan Gibson; and Barry Snell, Iowa Firearms Coalition President meet to discuss removing the age limit for children to fire handguns with proper supervision and parental permission.

    So stay tuned! When key members agree to run the bill, we will send it to you too and create an action center alert so you can continue to show your support and contribute to the passing of this historic bill.

    Fighting for your Second Amendment rights in Iowa,

    Sheena Green
    IFC Communications Director
    NRA Member

     

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    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, 2nd Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance 2nd 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 2nd Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation.

  • The Award for Most Hypocritical Anti-Gun Business Ever Goes To: Snipers BBQ, Atlantic, IA

    January 22, 2015

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    A very alert IFC member sent us this picture a short time ago from Atlantic, Iowa.

    It would seem Sniper’s Smoking BBQ is more than willing to use guns to market their restaurant. But not-so-fast! When it comes to supporting the Second Amendment rights of those who are legally certified to carry concealed weapons, they sing a very different tune.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition encourages Second Amendment supporters to avoid any business that refuses to support our rights. Particularly those businesses who are hypocritical enough to show a gun on their front door and then attempt to block all weapons from entering.


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, 2nd Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Concealed Weapons Permitting process, IFC’s members work to protect and enhance 2nd 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 2nd Amendment issues in Iowa. You can support our work by becoming a member, or making a donation.

  • In his own words: Bruce Braley calling for more gun regulation

    October 13, 2014

    Bruce Braley, a “strong supporter” of the 2nd Amendment wants more regulation. By this point it should be old news that Braley, a trial lawyer by trade, favors more regulation. If this ticks you off as much as it ticks us off, join us in our fight to oust Braley and the rest of his anti-gun comrades on November 4th.

     

     

    Transcript:

    I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. But the Second Amendment is like the other amendments in the Bill of Rights, it’s a balance between individual liberty and the public good. And that’s why it starts out in order to have a well-regulated militia. So we want to make sure that we’re providing that proper balance. And I think that there’s a big difference between where we stand on these issues. Senator Ernst doesn’t think you should even have to go to a permit process to carry a concealed weapon and you should be able to take him to a bar or church. And I think that’s wrong.”

     

    Special thanks to Jan Mickelson for sharing this video.

  • Harry Reid attempting to stifle free speech (and the NRA)

    September 8, 2014

    Reid, Baucus, Dodd Hold News Conference on Health CareLate last week the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action put out the notice at the bottom of this page. Baffled by several failed attempts at gun control measures it seems Harry Reid is attempting to amend the Constitution in order to stifle the NRA and other opponents. The first step in Reid’s plan is to call a vote in the U.S. Senate. Once again we need you to contact our Senators Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin. They need to hear loud and clear that Iowans will not stand for this attempt at stifling our rights. Tell Grassley and Harkin to vote no on S.J.R. 19, and remind them the Iowa Firearms Coalition, the National Rifle Association, and millions of gun owners are keeping a close eye on their vote.

    Contact:

    Sen. Charles Grassley
    Email / Phone: 202-224-3744
     
    Sen. Tom Harkin
    Email / Phone: 202-224-3254

    Original NRA-ILA dispatch

    In January 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a key decision in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.  The decision removed unconstitutional restrictions on the ability to speak freely at election time of grassroots groups like NRA and others. But now, some are trying to reverse the decision–and while they recognize that they must amend the Constitution to do so, their amendment would gut the First Amendment rights of organized political groups as we know them.

    The late Sen. Paul Wellstone had said during the original debate over the legislation at issue in Citizens United that it was his intention to silence groups like the NRA. While Wellstone singled out the NRA, this law delivered a clear message to all American citizens: “Keep your mouths shut and stay out of our politics.”

    The court declared unconstitutional the parts of the law that had been enacted for the explicit purpose of silencing the NRA and its members. Of course, the gun-banners in the White House and Congress opposed the decision because it thwarted their plans.

    Now, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is aggressively trying to reverse the Citizens United decision by pushing “Senate Joint Resolution 19,” a proposed “amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections.”

    As the title of the proposed constitutional amendment suggests, S.J.R. 19 is intended to allow anti-gunners in Congress to silence their critics and to control the gun “debate.”  S.J.R. 19 would authorize burdensome federal and state regulation–or outright prohibition–of spending by corporations and other legal entities (like NRA) to do what many were created to do: protect the rights of their members at the ballot box.  Prominent constitutional scholar Floyd Abrams said of S.J.R. 19, “It is intended to limit speech about elections and it would do just that….”

    The U.S. Senate could vote on the measure as early as next week.  NRA strongly opposes S.J.R. 19 and will score legislators’ votes on the proposed amendment.  Please take action NOW to stop this proposed constitutional amendment that would severely restrict free speech during elections.  Please immediately contact your U.S. Senators and tell them to OPPOSE Senate Joint Resolution 19.

    You can contact your U.S. Senators by using the “Write Your Lawmakers” tool at www.NRAILA.org.  You may also contact your Senators by phone at (202) 224-3121.