• Action Alert – Firearm Bills Active in IA!

    March 11, 2019

    Iowans, we need your help. Right now the Family Defense Act has made it out of committee and is waiting for a vote among the entire House and Senate. If passed Moms and Dads, like you, would no longer have to risk being turned into a felon for lawfully carrying while picking up or dropping off your children at school. If we can get the Family Defense Act signed into law employers will no longer be allowed to ban their employees from keeping firearms in their vehicle. Your county courthouse is the people’s property, and the peoples right to carry in their building must be restored. This bill, which would improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of permit-holding Iowans, cannot fall victim to passive legislators due to inaction. The legislative funnel has passed and the time for the Iowa Legislature to bring IFC priority legislation forward is NOW! 

    Right now, that gun-free zone sign outside your kid’s school is worthless. It’s worse than worthless, it’s endangering your kids. That sign currently makes a felon out of any Permit to Carry holding Iowan who chooses to carry the tools to protect their most valuable assets – our kids. Criminals and drugged out crazies aren’t deterred by those signs, but you know who is? Us. The reasonable, honest Iowans, who want to go about our business without breaking the law peacefully.

    This change is long overdue, but it won’t happen without you making your voice heard.

     Click Here to Message Your Legislators!

    The current law is absurd. We know it. You know. What we need your help with is, getting this message to those who have the power to change that law — Iowa legislators. Particularly able to drive home this legislation are those who proclaim their support for Second Amendment virtues. Please use the link to contact your legislator about IFC priority legislation! And if you can, send a separate note to House leadership. To make it easy for you, we’ve attached some sample text below. Feel free to copy and paste, or draft your message. Just make sure it’s brief, respectful and to the point.

    IFC Priority Legislation 

    Family Defense Act (HF-636)
    The Family Defense Act lifts the burden on permit holders created on school grounds, employers parking lots, and at the local county courthouse. IFC is fighting to remove the arbitrary restrictions that needlessly restrict permit holders, and that could currently make you a felon!

    Freedom Amendment (HJR-13)
    The Freedom Amendment recognizes the right to keep and bear arms in Iowa as an individual and fundamental right! Iowa is currently one of six states without this type of protection in the state Constitution. This amendment will be taken to the statewide ballot in 2022 to ensure our liberty is protected for generations!

    DNR Reforms (HF-179)
    IFC is heavily engaged with the Iowa DNR to ensure an inclusive and accommodating hunting environment is maintained in Iowa. This legislation will accomplish that mission by protecting commonly owned weapons for hunters of all ages,  preserving pistol seasons, and modernize cartridge options for deer hunting in Iowa.


    Second Amendment Day – Wednesday!

    • March 13th
    • 11:30 AM
    • Meet at the Auditorium in the Wallace Building — 502 E 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50319— off the NW Corner of the Capitol)
    • We’ll meet with supporters at the Wallace Building before making our way to the capitol to meet with Iowa lawmakers
    • Strong possibility to see Freedom Amendment passed on in the Iowa House!
    • Learn citizen advocacy techniques and meet your legislator!

    Come out and show your support for this legislation and join our fight in the Iowa Capitol!

  • DNR Proposing Deer Hunting Changes – ACTION REQUIRED!

    April 27, 2018

     

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently proposing sweeping reforms to the laws pertaining to deer hunting in Iowa. The Iowa Firearms Coalition is working hard to stop the DNR from implementing some terrible new restrictions on Iowa hunters and suggesting some changes that would be beneficial to Iowa hunters.

    The Iowa DNR quietly released a list of changes on April 24th that can be found on their website. The Iowa DNR is allowing the public to submit written comments on the proposals until 4:30 PM on May 1st. We have created an advocacy campaign on our website to share our concerns with the Iowa DNR. We are strongly urging you to participate and help us protect quality deer hunting in the state of Iowa. 

    Here is a summary of our primary concerns:

    1. The DNR has presented baseless restrictions on AR format pistols that may be braced against the forearm or shoulder, when a hunter may legally use the same action type, caliber, and barrel length at the same time and place. The ATF has already established clear boundaries on the AR pistol, and the Iowa DNR appears to be trying to redefine the law or unreasonably extend its authority.
    2. 106.7(2)c3 contains a questionable restriction on pistols that are “designed to be shot with one hand” which could plausibly be a 1911 or a Glock? Does the DNR intend to take a position on whether or not hunters should use only a one-handed or a two-handed hold? We don’t see how DNR thinks they are facilitating a humane harvest when they are limiting my technique and reducing a hunters accuracy. This plan does nothing but make more coyote bait.
    3. Under current DNR rules, a youth hunter cannot harvest a deer with a pistol, even if they are in the pistol season and with an adult. DNR hunting policy has not been updated to be aligned with Iowa law.
    4. A 6 round capacity limit for all gun hunters has been proposed. The Iowa DNR does not have the authority nor the reasonable basis for imposing a 6 round capacity limit for shotguns, pistols, and rifles. This restriction should be removed entirely.
    IFC will be attending the public hearing on May 1st at the Wallace State Office Building in Des Moines (Conference Room 4E). You are also encouraged to attend if you wish to present your opinion. IFC Board Chairman Michael Ware will be discussing the DNR proposals and the need for action on the Simon Conway radio show today at 4:30 PM on WHO News Radio.

    The current proposals as written do not benefit Iowa hunters and go too far in diminishing the hunting experience that we value in Iowa. We will be going into greater detail at the public hearing on the changes we think are necessary to the current proposal. Share our concerns on our advocacy campaign with the Iowa DNR prior to the upcoming public hearing.
    Please share this with anyone else you know who is a deer hunter or Second Amendment supporter in Iowa. Let everyone know that the Iowa Firearms Coalition is working to protect the best interest of gun owners and hunters in the state of Iowa. Join us today on our website!

    Thank You,

    Iowa Firearms Coalition