• Legislative update week 9

    March 13, 2016

    Iowans-

    Week 9 in the Iowa legislature, the second funnel week of 2016, was full of ups and downs.

    Good news first:
    There are three pro-gun owner bills eligible for votes in the full Senate. This is a monumental achievement considering the lay of the land in the legislature. The Hearing Protection Act, ATV Carry Act and Privacy Protection Act all passed out of committee and are now eligible for votes in the Senate. This has exceeded many people’s expectations, but we’re not through yet.

    Few people know it, but the ATV Carry Act was essentially dead on arrival in the Senate’s Natural Resources committee. Democrats there were deadset against it and planned to kill it on the calendar. But thanks to a lot of hard work and some savvy maneuvering IFC’s volunteer lobbyists managed to get the ATV Carry Act not only a subcommittee vote, but a committee vote as well. The ATV Carry Act passed both of these votes and is now eligible for a full vote in the Senate.

    The bad news:
    The Youth Shooting & Parental Rights Act and the Emergency Protection Act were both killed by Senate Democrats inaction. Both bills had wide bipartisan support, and would have benefitted families and gun owners in Iowa, but the Senate chose to play politics once again and kill these bills without even voting on them.

    Now, you should also know that the ATV Carry Act passed its committee vote 12 to 1, but an amendment that severely guts the original intent of the bill was tacked on. The same goes for the Permit Privacy Act. This bill passed its committee vote 8 to 4 with an amendment that fundamentally changes the concept of the bill. This amendment was so egregious that the only ones to vote for it were the Democrats on the judiciary committee. Keep in mind this bill passed the House 97 to 1, and Iowa’s law enforcement groups all endorsed this bill as written. There’s no reason for Senate Democrats to thumb their noses at Iowa’s police officers and their colleagues in the House.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition strongly opposes both of these amendments. We’ve got an explanation of the amendments and why we oppose them on IowaFC.org.

    We’ve also activated a brand new Advocacy Campaign telling the Senate to stop monkeying around this year’s gun bills. Please use this tool to email your Senator, once you’re done please send this to a few friends and encourage them to do the same.

    There is good news though:
    The amendments put on the ATV Carry Act and the Privacy Protection Act are not set in stone. They must be approved by the entire Senate before they can truly alter the bills. We expect a real slugfest if/when these bills are brought to the floor of the Senate. Our volunteer lobbyists are working extremely hard to lockup votes for our side, but we need your help. Get in contact with your senator early and often. Magnify your efforts by getting a few friends to contact their Senators. Send them the link to our Advocacy Campaign and fill them in on why these amendments are no good.

    Finally, even if the Senate ramrods these amendments through they have to be approved by the House of Representatives, which is a tall order considering the strong bipartisan support these bills enjoy in the House.

    So, to be clear, the optimal outcome is for these amendments to fail on the Senate floor. But if that doesn’t happen, we’re not out of the game. Not by a long shot.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition is leading the way and fighting these amendments tooth and nail, but we need you to do your part.

    More updates to come. Keep pushing Iowans, your efforts are making a difference!


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Permit to Carry 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. 

  • Breakdown: Who Voted For & Against the Omnibus Gun Bill in Iowa House of Representatives

    April 9, 2015

     

    Recap of yesterday’s Iowa House vote: House Passes Omnibus Gun Bill, AGAIN. Senate To Get A Mulligan.

     

    Voted AGAINST the Omnibus Gun Bill – 25

    Ako Abdul-Samad

    Marti Anderson

    Liz Bennett

    Deborah Berry

    Timi Brown-Powers

    Dennis Cohoon

    Abby Finkenauer

    Ruth Ann Gaines

    Mary Gaskill

    Lisa Heddens

    Bruce Hunter

    Charles Isenhart

    Dave Jacoby

    Jerry Kearns

    Daniel Kelley

    Vicki Lensing

    Mary Mascher

    Jo Oldson

    Kristen Running-Marquardt

    Mark Smith

    Art Staed

    Sharon Steckman

    Sally Stutsman

    Todd Taylor

    Phyllis Thede

    Beth Wessel-Kroeschell

    Cindy Winckler

     

    Voted FOR the Omnibus Gun Bill – 73

    Rob Bacon

    Chip Baltimore

    Clel Baudler

    Terry Baxter

    Bruce Bearinger

    Brian Best

    Darrel Branhagen

    John Byrnes

    Gary Carlson

    Peter Cownie

    Dave Dawson

    Dave Deyoe

    Cecil Dolecheck

    Jack Drake

    NacnyDunkel

    Dean Fisher

    John Forbes

    Greg Forristall

    Joel Fry

    Tedd Gassman

    Pat Grassley

    Stan Gustafson

    Chris Hagenow

    Chris Hall

    Curt Hanson

    Mary Ann Hanusa

    Greg Heartsill

    David Heaton

    Lee Hein

    Jake Highfill

    Steven Holt

    Daniel Huseman

    Megan Jones

    Ron Jorgensen

    Bobby Kaufmann

    Jarad Klein

    Kevin Koester

    John Kooiker

    Bob Kressig

    John Landon

    Jim Lykam

    Dave Maxwell

    Charlie McConkey

    Brian Meyer

    Helen Miller

    Linda Miller

    Norlin Mommsen

    Brian Moore

    Zach Nunn

    Rick Olson

    Scott Ourth

    Ross Paustian

    Dawn Pettengill

    Todd Prichard

    Ken Rizer

    Walt Rogers

    Patti Ruff

    Sandy Salmon

    Thomas Sands

    Mike Sexton

    Larry Sheets

    David Sieck

    Chuck Soderberg

    Quentin Stanerson

    Rob Taylor

    Linda Upmeyer

    Guy Vander Linden

    Ralph Watts

    John Wills

    Matt Windschitl

    Mary Wolfe

    Gary Worthan

    Kraig Paulsen

     

     

    Not Voting:

    Beth Wessel-Kroeschell

    Sharon Steckman


    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.

  • Who Voted For/Against the Omnibus Gun Bill

    March 11, 2015

    Legalize Suppressors in Iowa

     

    Here’s the breakdown of yesterday’s House vote on HF527, the Omnibus Gun Bill. The bill passed with ease, 75 votes to 24. The vote was noteworthy for two reasons:

    1) It passed with broad bi-partisan support. Republicans and Democrats came together to pass this bill.

    2) Despite 24 votes against HF527, not a single Representative chose to speak out against the bill when given the opportunity. It’s rare for any bill to pass without any voiced opposition. It’s practically unheard of for a pro-gun owner bill to pass without a single voice speaking out against it.

    We’ve now reached a critical point. The Senate version of the Omnibus Gun Bill (SF425) is still awaiting debate and a vote. At this point neither has not been scheduled. We know there are many groups who want to see this bill watered down, or amended to make it un-passable. Please contact your Senator. Tell them to pass SF425 without any change to its content.

    We’ve made it easy for you. Our newest Omnibus Gun Bill Advocacy Campaign allows to you send a respectful and professional email directly to your Senator in less than 60 seconds. Please help spread this vital message.

     

    Voted For the Omnibus Gun Bill (75)

    These 75 Representatives have recognized the value of your constitutional rights. They believe you should be free to teach your children how to properly handle firearms. To own suppressors. To keep your personal information private.

    Please take a second to send them a note or call them (515-281-3221) to say thanks for standing up for your rights and the rights of all Iowans.

     

    Rob Bacon

    Chip Baltimore

    ClelBaudler

    Terry Baxter

    Bruce Bearinger

    Deborah Berry

    Brian Best

    Darrel Branhagen

    Timi Brown-Powers

    John Byrnes

    Gary Carlson

    Peter Cownie

    Dave Dawson

    Dave Deyoe

    Cecil Dolecheck

    Jack Drake

    NacnyDunkel

    Dean Fisher

    John Forbes

    Greg Forristall

    Joel Fry

    Tedd Gassman

    Pat Grassley

    Stan Gustafson

    Chris Hagenow

    Chris Hall

    Curt Hanson

    Mary Ann Hanusa

    Greg Heartsill

    David Heaton

    Lee Hein

    Jake Highfill

    Steven Holt

    Daniel Huseman

    Megan Jones

    Ron Jorgensen

    Bobby Kaufmann

    Jarad Klein

    Kevin Koester

    John Kooiker

    John Landon

    Jim Lykam

    Dave Maxwell

    Charlie McConkey

    Brian Meyer

    Helen Miller

    Linda Miller

    Norlin Mommsen

    Brian Moore

    Zach Nunn

    Rick Olson

    Scott Ourth

    Ross Paustian

    Dawn Pettengill

    Todd Prichard

    Ken Rizer

    Walt Rogers

    Patti Ruff

    Sandy Salmon

    Thomas Sands

    Mike Sexton

    Larry Sheets

    David Sieck

    Chuck Soderberg

    Quentin Stanerson

    Rob Taylor

    Phyllis Thede

    Linda Upmeyer

    Guy Vander Linden

    Ralph Watts

    John Wills

    Matt Windschitl

    Mary Wolfe

    Gary Worthan

    Kraig Paulsen

     

     

    Voted AGAINST the Omnibus Gun Bill (24)

    AkoAbdul-Samad

    Marti Anderson

    Liz Bennett

    Dennis Cohoon

    Abby Finkenauer

    Ruth Ann Gaines

    Mary Gaskill

    Lisa Heddens

    Bruce Hunter

    Charles Isenhart

    Dave Jacoby

    Jerry Kearns

    Daniel Kelley

    Vicki Lensing

    Mary Mascher

    Jo Oldson

    Kristen Running-Marquardt

    Mark Smith

    Art Staed

    Sharon Steckman

    Sally Stutsman

    Todd Taylor

    Beth Wessel-Kroeschell

    Cindy Winckler

     

    Not voting: Bob Kressig

     


     

    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.

  • Omnibus Gun Bill Passes House Vote Without Debate

    March 10, 2015
    Not a single oppose Representative chose to debate HF527 on the House Floor

    Iowa House File 527 passed by a huge bi-partisan majority.

    HF527 Passes without debate!!

    A short time ago House File 527 passed a vote in the full House of Representatives by a wide margin. The unofficial vote total was 75 in favor t0 24 opposed.

    HF527 has passed with broad support from both Republicans and Democrats. Once again we’ve seen that the Omnibus Gun Bill appeals to both sides of the aisle. We were also pleasantly surprised to see that not a single Representative chose to speak out against HF425 when given the opportunity for debate on the House floor. This is extremely rare for any bill, and almost unheard of for a firearms bill!

    It is now up to the full Senate to debate and vote on Senate File 425, their version of the Omnibus Gun Bill. So far the Senate has not scheduled SF425 for any action. We’ll be sharing the date and time of a Senate vote as soon as that information becomes available. Join our email list to ensure you do not miss any critical updates.

    Protecting SF425 is the Key to Victory

    The House has done it’s part. Now it’s up to the Senate to pass its version of the Omnibus Gun Bill, SF425. This will be the most challenging portion of the entire process. Not because SF425 doesn’t have strong support, but because we know anti-gun legislators may try to alter the bill and make it un-passable.

    We must do everything we can to keep anyone from stripping provisions out of SF425, and just as importantly we must fight to keep those with ill intentions from adding any poison pill amendments to this bill. Please contact your senators and respectfully urge them to pass SF425 without any change to its content. Our latest Advocacy Campaign makes it easy to email your senators. Please share this tool with everyone who values their freedoms!

    Not Quite Perfection – But Still REALLY Good

    The Omnibus Gun Bills have made it this far because a great number of groups have come together to support this bill. The Iowa Firearms Coalition, the National Rifle Association, the American Suppressor Association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation all back this bill. So do the Iowa Sheriffs and Sheriff’s Deputies Association, the Iowa Police Chiefs Association, and other law enforcement groups. If changes are made to the content of SF425 key supporters will pull out and this will effectively kill the Omnibus Gun Bills’ chances of making it to the Governor’s desk.

    This bill reclaims a lot of liberties. It’s not perfect, there are still a lot of things we’d love to see changed in Iowa, but this goes a very long way towards protecting and enhancing the Second Amendment rights of more than 3 million Iowans. If we can keep SF425 from being changed we’re optimistic we can get the Omnibus Gun Bill passed and then signed into law!

    Please, take 60 seconds to use our latest Advocacy Campaign to tell your Senator to pass SF425 without any change!


    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.