• ATF Reverses Course, Will Not Ban M855

    March 10, 2015

     

    Over 80,000 Americans weighed in in a matter of a few short weeks

    BATFE calls of ban on M855 – for now

    The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has announced they will not be banning M855 ammunition at this time.

    In a statement put out just a short time ago the BATFE admitted to hearing a tidal wave of opposition. More than 80,000 comments in a matter of just a few short weeks. Among those comments were emails from several thousand Iowans who used our Legislative Action Center to voice their opinion that the BATFE was making a colossal mistake. The BATFE statement reads:

    “Although ATF endeavored to create a proposal that reflected a good faith interpretation of the law and balanced the interests of law enforcement, industry, and sportsmen, the vast majority of the comments received to date are critical of the framework, and include issues that deserve further study. Accordingly, ATF will not at this time seek to issue a final framework. After the close of the comment period, ATF will process the comments received, further evaluate the issues raised therein, and provide additional open and transparent process (for example, through additional proposals and opportunities for comment) before proceeding with any framework.”

    We couldn’t be more proud to have helped turn the tide against this latest backdoor gun control attempt. We were extremely proud to see Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst take a stand for our rights as well. As we pointed out on March 1st, Sen. Grassley pledged to use his position as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee to fight the ban.

    By now the message should be clear. Iowan’s are willing and able to Stand and Fight to protect our freedoms.

    Thank you to everyone that joined us!

    Stay vigilant though, we know M855 and other ammunition types are in anti-gunner’s sights. It’s just a matter of time before another backdoor gun control scheme surfaces. And when that happens we’ll do our part to help the cause.


    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.

  • Review & Preview – Week 7 of Iowa’s Legislative Session

    March 1, 2015

    “A man’s rights rest in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.”
    -Frederick Douglas

    Week 7 recap:

    For weeks that we’ve been telling you we’ve been working behind the scenes on strong pro-gun owner legislation. The details are not 100% final just yet, but it’s time to go public.

    We plan to legalize suppressors and fix many issues that have plagued Iowa’s firearms owners for years.

    This week we expect Representative Matt Windschitl to introduce a wide-ranging omnibus bill that addresses many issues the Iowa Firearms Coalition has raised over the years. Legalizing suppressors is the most high profile portion of this bill, but it also repeals the ban on youth shooting in Iowa, fixes concealed carry training and recertification issues, and much more.

    We’ve posted Matt’s run down of everything that’s in the bill on our website.

    What you need to know for week 8:

    Major deadline looming!
    The first major deadline of the legislative session is just days away. The first funnel is Friday March 6th. In order to be signed into law a bill must pass out of it’s first committee assignment by the first funnel date – March 6th this year.

    Once the omnibus bill is introduced it’ll have very little time to pass out of committee. It’s imperative that we act fast, and we’re counting on you to show lawmakers that we mean it when we say thousands of Iowan’s are serious about protecting and enhancing our Second Amendment rights. This means calling and emailing legislators, and getting family and friends to do the same. We’ll have detailed instructions on what to do as soon as the bill is filed.

    Fight against ATF M855 ban continues.
    Thousands of you have used our pre-written emails to show the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives that you oppose their ban on M855 ammunition.

    Now we’ve made it easy to email your legislators in Washington D.C. to tell them to do their part to block this ban. Iowa Senator Charles Grassley has already pledged to use his position as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to fight the BATFE’s latest infringement.

    What you can do right now:

    Prepare for action
    We expect to see a major pro-gun owner bill introduced this week. As soon as it’s filed we’ll be emailing you detailed instructions on who to call, who to email, and what to say. Time is short, so when we put out the call don’t delay.

    Tell lawmakers to fight BATFE ban on M855
    We’ve set up a “one stop shop” on our website providing you with tools to take action, and get informed on the fight to stop the ban on M855 ammunition.

    Become a member – major discounts now available
    Just a few days left on our lifetime membership offer – 40% off! Can’t afford a lifetime membership? No problem, we offer annual memberships too. Remember, we’re an all volunteer organization, we don’t get paid for the work we do and we don’t waste your money on a bunch of marketing and print material. You can rest assured 100% of your membership money goes to protecting and enhancing your Second Amendment rights.

    Stay tuned for more important updates!

    Fighting for your Second Amendment rights in Iowa,
    Sheena Green
    IFC Communications Director
    NRA Member


    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.

  • Chuck Grassley Pledges to Fight M855 Ban

    March 1, 2015

     

    Thousands of Iowan’s have taken advantage of our M855 Ban Action Center to do their part to stop the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives latest infringement on our Second Amendment rights.

    It seems we’re starting to get some traction. Iowa Senator Charles Grassley has started sending this response to many of our members, saying he plans to fight any limitations on our right to bear arms.

    Visit our M855 Ban Action Center to get active and stop the BATFE from side-stepping Congress and creating a new law without a single vote.
    Grassley


    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.

  • ATF Failing to Follow Their Own Standard on M855 Ban

    February 27, 2015

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    Write your legislators! We’ve made it easy. Visit our ATF M855 Ban Action Center to join the fight against this latest infringement on our rights!


    Everyone is surprised that ATF has announced plans to ban M855 ammunition (steel-core 5.56 NATO). The issue has been raised as to whether the cartridge has sufficient “sporting purposes” as a means to fight the ban. Make no mistake, the “sportability” of the cartridge is not the real issue. We at IFSA agree that M855 ammunition should NOT be banned. However we would like to offer some explanation as to the methodology being used by the Government in this situation. The definition of Armor Piercing (AP) Ammunition is . . .

    “A projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium;”

    This definition was agreed upon in the mid-’80s between the pro-gun and anti-gun forces as a middle-ground against the Senator Charles Schumer’s catch phrase “cop-killer bullets”. At first it was suggested that any bullet be banned which can penetrate a cop’s vest. Law enforcement and many others were all for that definition until the NRA fought it because the unthinking hadn’t realized that it would ban ALL rifle ammunition.

    That was the only definition of AP ammunition until the Swedish M39B (9mm Luger) cartridge arrived on the surplus market in the late 80’s. Being intended for use in the Carl Gustav M45 (Swedish K) submachinegun, it had a much thicker jacket than normal 9mm Luger cartridges and a higher velocity, which allows it to penetrate soft body armor.

    So, since the problem didn’t fit the solution (the M39B didn’t qualify as AP), a new definition was added to the definition of AP ammo. It was added that AP ammo would include;

    “A full jacketed projectile larger than .22 caliber designed and intended for use in a handgun and whose jacket has a weight of more than 25 percent of the total weight of the projectile”.

    Notice that the definition didn’t just say M39B, because that would leave the possibility to re-name the cartridge all allow it to come into the U.S.

    During a career with ATF, it was obvious that it is not the ATF itself that takes the initiative to rule on many of the anti-gun issues that arise, rather they receive directives from anti-gun administrations in Washington, and are directed to write whatever needs to be said in order to make the intended action occur.

    Keep in mind that ATF applied the first AP definition to steel core 7.62×39 ammunition on 2/2/94 during the Clinton administration, in order to prevent it’s importation. Then ATF Director John McGaw said at the time that “…(t)hese bullets when used in handguns pose a life-threatening risk to all law enforcement officers.”

    Someone should have pointed out to him that ALL 7.62×39 rounds will penetrate soft body armor. But having been a Secret Service Agent until he became ATF’s Director might explain his lack of familiarity with ammunition technology. So concerning the ability to penetrate soft armor, there is no difference between any other load in that caliber and the ones having a steel core.

    Then, about a year ago, ATF stopped the importation of 5.45 x 39 cartridges with steel core bullets by ruling them to be handgun ammunition. Do you see the pattern? Just recognize any cartridge with a bullet made of the listed metal(s) (more on that in a minute) as being useful in a handgun, and it becomes un-importable and unable to be manufactured.

    It was surprising to IFSA at the time of both “bans”, that although there are pistol versions of the AK47 (7.62 x 39) and pistol versions of the AK74 (5.45 x 39), that ATF left out 5.56 x 45 ammunition with steel core. There are certainly more AR15 pistols in circulation than either of the other two models, and the AR15 pistol emerged onto the market much before the other two did. Again, not that we support the ban in any way, but it was apparent that the anti-gun administration was behind both additions to the list, so why did they leave out the most obvious one?.

    We teach the topic of Armor Piercing Ammunition in our seminars and it’s well-covered in our online course on Ammunition as well. We always point out first, that there is a difference between what will penetrate a Policeman’s body armor and what qualifies as “Armor Piercing Ammunition” under the definition. Many cartridges, including all rifle ammunition will do so. For instance, most loadings of 7.62×25 pistol ammo will easily do so, but it is not considered “Armor Piercing unless it fits the definition.

    Again, ANY loading in 7.62×39, 5.45×39, or 5.56×45 will penetrate all soft body armor, so why are the steel-core loadings being singled out? Easy. Because once the Armor Piercing wand is waved over them, they can no longer “be imported or manufactured except for Government use”. The definition is again being used as a tool to keep ammunition out of the hands of pro-gunners.

    Here’s the real tool that should be used to fight the ban. Point out to ATF that the bullet of M855 is not within the definition of Armor Piercing ammunition. Because the bullet is partially made of lead, it is NOT “constructed entirely from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium;” Therefore the definition of AP does not apply.

    But then it doesn’t apply to the 5.45×39 or the 762×39 cartridges either.

    And that’s the problem. Sometimes ATF rules that things fall within definitions that they clearly do not fall into if you only read the requirements of the definition . If you’d like to see more examples, read the Declaration we wrote for U.S. District Court, in Ares Armor vs. B. Todd Jones, wherein we pointed out that most of the firearm “receivers” on the market don’t fall within ATF’s own definition of a receiver.

    We at IFSA are all for the regulating of firearms in an attempt to keep them out of the hands of criminals, but what happens if ATF were to be ordered to rule solid lead bullets as “armor piercing”next, even though they don’t fit the definition? A regulatory agency should at least be required to operate within their own definitions.

     

    Written by Daniel O’Kelly, Director of the International Firearm Specialist Academy (reprinted with permission).


    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.

  • Review & Preview – Week 6 of Iowa’s Legislative Session

    February 23, 2015

    “That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or laborers’ cottage is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.”

    -George Orwell, 1941

    Week 6 recap:

    In the last week we’ve continued to make progress behind the scenes in the state legislature. Meetings with legislators are on going and we’re making solid gains on moving pro-Second Amendment legislation forward.

    Nationally, the fight against the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) and their proposed ban on popular M855 ammunition also continues. Thousands of you have already taken advantage of our free, easy to use “Email the BATFE” tool, add your voice to the conversation to help block this latest gun control scheme.

    Here in Iowa, we’ve dropped the price on our IFC lifetime memberships for a limited time ($500 now $300). This coincides with the reduced rate currently available on NRA lifetime memberships ($1,000 now $500).

    For details on how to get the reduced rate for either organization visit our website. Special thanks to Controlled Chaos Arms for sponsoring this great deal!

    What you need to know for week 7:

    Ban on M855
    The clock is ticking, tell the BATFE to drop their proposed ban on M855. They’re only accepting public comment between now and March 16thEmail the BATFE today!

    Iowa Legislature
    So far this year we’ve introduced the following pro-Second Amendment bills:

    -Stand Your Ground
    -Emergency Powers
    -Preemption Cleanup
    -Repealing the Youth Shooting Ban

    We’re also working on handful of other pro-Second Amendment bills. We’ve got a run down on the latest information on all of these bills on our 2015 Legislative Session webpage. We’re updating our site whenever there’s a change to any of these bills, so check back often.

    What you can do right now:

    Email the BATFE! Tell them to drop their proposed ban on M855.

    Email your legislators! Tell them to support pro-Second Amendment bills already introduced.

    Become a Lifetime Member. Reduced rates available for a limited time.

    Volunteer at next weekend’s Waterloo Gun Show – contact Donnie White at sixt5custom@yahoo.com for details.

     

    Fighting for your Second Amendment rights in Iowa,

    Sheena Green
    IFC Communications Director
    NRA Member


    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.

  • BATFE Proposes Ban On Common AR-15 Ammo

    February 14, 2015

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    URGENT — public comment needed. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives wants to ban popular .223 ammunition.

    Our latest advocacy campaign lets you send a pre-written email to the ATF. It’s fast, easy, and free. Please get involved and help stop this freedom infringing ban on M855 ammo.

     

    From the NRA-ILA

    In a move clearly intended by the Obama Administration to suppress the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unexpectedly announced today that it intends to ban commonplace M855 ball ammunition as “armor piercing ammunition.” The decision continues Obama’s use of his executive authority to impose gun control restrictions and bypass Congress.

    It isn’t even the third week of February, and the BATFE has already taken three major executive actions on gun control. First, it was a major change to what activities constitute regulated “manufacturing” of firearms. Next, BATFE reversed a less than year old position on firing a shouldered “pistol.” Now, BATFE has released a “Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are ‘Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes’ Within the Meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(c)”, which would eliminate M855’s exemption to the armor-piercing ammunition prohibition and make future exemptions nearly impossible.

    By way of background, federal law imposed in 1986 prohibits the manufacture, importation, and sale by licensed manufacturers or importers, but not possession, of “a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and which is constructed entirely . . . from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium.” Because there are handguns capable of firing M855, it “may be used in a handgun.” It does not, however, have a core made of the metals listed in the law; rather, it has a traditional lead core with a steel tip, and therefore should never have been considered “armor piercing.” Nonetheless, BATFE previously declared M855 to be “armor piercing ammunition,” but granted it an exemption as a projectile “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes.”

    Now, however, BATFE says that it will henceforth grant the “sporting purposes” exception to only two categories of projectiles:

    Category I: .22 Caliber Projectiles

    A .22 caliber projectile that otherwise would be classified as armor piercing ammunition under 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(B) will be considered to be “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes” under section 921(a)(17)(C) if the projectile weighs 40 grains or less AND is loaded into a rimfire cartridge.

    Category II: All Other Caliber Projectiles

    Except as provided in Category I (.22 caliber rimfire), projectiles that otherwise would be classified as armor piercing ammunition will be presumed to be “primarily intended to be used for sporting purposes” under section 921(a)(17)(C) if the projectile is loaded into a cartridge for which the only handgun that is readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade is a single shot handgun. ATF nevertheless retains the discretion to deny any application for a “sporting purposes” exemption if substantial evidence exists that the ammunition is not primarily intended for such purposes.

    BATFE is accepting comments until March 16, 2015 on this indefensible attempt to disrupt ammunition for the most popular rifle in America. Check back early next week for a more in-depth analysis of this “framework.”

    How to comment – from the BATFE

    ATF will carefully consider all comments, as appropriate, received on or before March 16, 2015, and will give comments received after that date the same consideration if it is practical to do so, but assurance of consideration cannot be given except as to comments received on or before March 16, 2015. ATF will not acknowledge receipt of comments. Submit comments in any of three ways (but do not submit the same comments multiple times or by more than one method):

    ATF email: APAComments@atf.gov

    Fax: (202) 648-9741.

    Mail: Denise Brown, Mailstop 6N-602, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20226: ATTN: AP Ammo Comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Denise Brown, Enforcement Programs and Services, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, U.S. Department of Justice, 99 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20226; telephone: (202) 648-7070.


    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.

  • Suppressor Demonstration

    February 13, 2015

     

    This video by SilencerCo does a great job demonstrating the real life effectiveness of a firearm suppressor. Despite their inaccurate Hollywood portrayal suppressors are not “silencers.”

    The average firearm generates approximately 140 to 170 decibels of noise each time it is shot. Repeated and prolonged exposure to this level of noise can quickly lead to permanent damage to a shooter’s hearing.

    A suppressor brings a firearm’s noise level down by approximately 30 to 35 decibels. This is accomplished by capturing and slowly releasing the hot gasses used to propel a bullet. Mechanically speaking a suppressor works the exact same way the muffler works on your car or truck.

    As this video clearly demonstrates, a suppressor drops a firearm’s noise level by approximately 20% – hardly what Hollywood has lead most Americans to believe.

    These useful safety accessories are already legal in 39 other states. If legalized in Iowa suppressors would still be regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934. This means any Iowan wanting to purchase a suppressor would have to pass a federal background check, pay $200 tax, and be added to a Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives registry.

     


    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.