• IFC Opposes “Firearms Violence Protective Orders”

    January 28, 2019

    Imagine your government making you guilty until proven innocent and completely circumventing due process. It’s not just the Second Amendment you’re being deprived of with Emergency Firearm Violence Protective Orders (EFVPO), but it also completely ignores the Due Process Clause of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. It’s simple. You get accused and then if you can afford a good lawyer, then maybe you’ll get your constitutional rights restored – eventually. Maybe.

    Four Iowa House Representatives are now proposing “Firearm Violence Protective Orders” to create a process to stop a flagged individual from possessing, shipping, transporting or receiving a firearm when subject to an Emergency Firearm Violence Protective Order.

    Firearm Violence Protective Orders have three categories

    • Temporary Emergency Firearm Violence Protective Orders – A law enforcement officer can orally request approval from a judge outside of regular hours to impose a 21-day EFVPO that would prohibit the accused from possessing a firearm if that judge finds a reasonable cause to issue the order.
    • Ex-Parte Temporary Firearm Violence Protective Order –  An immediate family member or law-enforcement officer may file a petition to the court to issue an EFVPO if the accused demonstrates a substantial likelihood that he or she poses a significant danger, in the near future, of a physical injury to the accused self or others by being in possession of a firearm. This order is also valid for 21 days until a court can determine if the request should be extended for up to one year.
    • Firearm Violence Protective Order – Following the temporary EFVPO, a court will determine if the restriction on firearm possession should be extended for up to one year. What behavior would subject someone to a one-year restriction? The court will evaluate if the accused person in the last six months displayed a pattern of violent acts, reckless use or brandishing of an offensive weapon, a threat of violence, or any other evidence that is indicating an increased risk for violence.

    It’s tough to imagine a judge getting a phone call from a police officer with a request for an EFVPO and denying it. The backlash if they were wrong would be public and painful to the media, so why would they risk it? The threshold of evidence for protective orders is low so it is not tough to imagine that these would be any different.

    The problem is that this system could be or will be abused. We are essentially offering a blank check with our right to due process and to keep and bear arms in the balance.

    A false accusation, bogus charges, civil defamation, or a disingenuous smear on someone could place a person in a complex and expensive “Pre-Crime” process during which they are stripped of their basic rights. Brandishing a firearm? Could that be a picture on social media with a gun at a shooting range or a hunt? Giving our state and our notoriously anti-gun Attorney General Tom Miller, a blank check seems too dangerous.

    The history of civil forfeiture cases reminds us that the government has taken property away from people who were doing nothing wrong and who are never convicted of any crime, and they often spend years trying to get that property back with the burden of proof being on them, not on the government. And false accusations should be treated as an attempt to deny a person’s civil rights and prosecuted. (Greg Camp)

    HF-123 is another scheme from gun-control advocates that sounds good to the uninitiated or at a glance but is a threat to the essential rights of Iowans. Nobody should be barred from possessing a firearm with a process as simple as someone filing a report with the police. Due process is as valuable of a right as gun ownership and spelled out in both our state and federal constitutions. It is no coincidence that the four people who sponsored this legislation also sponsored the ban of semi-automatic weapons just a day before this bill was entered.

    What do we do now? This bill isn’t going anywhere in the Iowa House. However, should the pendulum swing and the minority party take over the House in 2020, it is game on for terrible legislation like this. Remind your legislators through email, phone, or in person that legislation like this is dangerous and not what Iowans want. Also, stay active with IFC through membership in our 100% volunteer coalition and by subscribing to our email alerts.

    IFC is registered AGAINST HF-123.

    Contact information is below for the four representatives who co-sponsored this legislation.

    Contact Info:

    Bruce Hunter – bruce.hunter@legis.state.ia.us

    Art Staed – art.staed@legis.iowa.gov

    Mary Mascher – Mary.Mascher@legis.iowa.gov

    Vicki Lensing –  Vicki.Lensing@legis.iowa.gov

     

     

     

     

     

  • VIDEO: Iowa House Debating & Voting on Pro Gun Owner Bills (2/23)

    February 26, 2016

    TRIGGER WARNING:

    This post contains numerous gun control advocates purposely misrepresenting, misunderstanding, and flat-out misleading people about 5 pro-gun owner bills that easily passed through the Iowa House of Representatives.

    If you choose to watch this video understand that at various points you may feel a strong urge to:

    Scream
    Vomit
    Pull your hair out

    If the urge becomes too strong we strongly recommend that you stop the video, take a few deep breaths and remember the fact that these anti-gunners are in the vast minority. Despite their best efforts all five of these pro gun owner bills passed their votes with ease. What’s even better, many of their own party members disagreed, broke ranks and voted in favor of these bills.

    So with that in mind. Please do your best to enjoy this video. The end result is very positive. While listening to the anti’s can be maddening, from time to time it is good to be reminded of just how far they’ll go to try to halt the expansion of Iowans’ freedoms.

     


    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. 

  • Bruce Hunter Attempts to Capitalize on Mass Killing

    October 5, 2015
    Representative Bruce Hunter wants to start confiscating Iowan's guns.

    Representative Bruce Hunter wants to start confiscating Iowan’s guns.

     

    This should come as no surprise, but an Iowa legislator is already to trying to capitalize on the dead and wounded from the tragedy in Oregon. Des Moines Democrat Bruce Hunter announced Monday that he plans to introduce more gun control legislation once the 2016 legislative session begins in Iowa.

    Hunter told WHO-TV that he wants to pass a gun confiscation law, as well as universal background checks in Iowa.

    Unfortunately the fact that Representative Hunter seems to have missed is that Oregon’s universal background check system failed to stop that murderous rampage at Umpqua Community College. Nor would they have stopped the on-air murders of Alison Parker and Adam Ward in Roanoke, Virginia. Or the Charleston, South Carolina church shooting, and so on and so on. Time and time again we see these tragically unfortunate incidents and time and time again we learn after the fact that universal background checks would not have stopped the killing. Despite all that gun control zealots like Representative Bruce Hunter refuse to acknowledge that their grand scheme is a non-starter.

    The push for gun control in Iowa is nothing new for Hunter. Last year he introduced a trio of bills that would have banned the sale, trade, or transfer of all semi-automatic firearms. He also peddled a bill that would limit magazine capacity to just 10 rounds. And of course he tried unsuccessfully to institute universal background checks. Fortunately the Iowa Firearms Coalition and our allies were able to stop these bills in their tracks.

    Hunter’s latest gun control push comes as no surprise. He’s been pushing gun control bills for years and has the language all queued up and ready to be introduced as soon as the legislative session begins. What’s disturbing however is the fact that Representative Hunter has no problem trotting out his plans in the aftermath of a horrible tragedy, yet months before the legislative session begins. It’s no coincidence that Hunter is rolling out this gun control package in the days that follow an unfortunate loss of life. In the words of the rabid gun control advocate Rham Emanuel, “Never let a serious crisis go to waste.” Sadly, Representative Bruce Hunter has taken that message to heart and is using innocent lives to advance his personal agenda.

    If there is a silver lining to Hunter’s announcement today it’s that he “says he does not immediately plan to propose a gun registry in the state, or outlaw large capacity magazines or so-called ‘Assault weapons.'” 

    Why thank you Bruce! You’re only going to infringe on our rights a little at a time, how very generous of you! We also appreciate you broadcasting your true intentions rather than hiding real goals like so many of your fellow gun control advocates like to do.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition will be in the capitol building on day one of the 2016 legislative session, and every day there after. We’ll be taking Representative Hunter and his gun confiscation plans head on. If you’re like us and want to see our Second Amendment rights protected and enhanced we invite you to join the IFC. It’s the best way to send a strong message to gun control zealots that their infringements won’t fly here in Iowa.


    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.

  • Review & Preview – Week 4 of Iowa’s Legislative Session

    February 8, 2015


    “Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms.”
    -James Madison

    Fellow Iowans-

    Another week in the legislature is complete. We’re continuing to see progress on pro-gun owner rights bills but we’re starting to see anti-gun opposition taking form and lining up against our bills. We need your help to overcome these anti-gunners. More details below on how to do your part.

    Week 4 recap:

    As you know we’re closely tracking gun legislation in the House and Senate. Right now four IFC backed bills are making their way through the legislature, but there are a number of groups who are actively fighting against our hard work, and trying to stop these pro-freedom bills from passing. Here’s a brief recap of who’s lobbying againstfirearms bills that would protect and enhance the Second Amendment rights of Iowans.

    Against HF45 – Emergency Powers (banning the confiscation of firearms during a state of emergency):

    • Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund

    Against HF59 – Strengthening Preemption (adding penalties for those who try to illegally preempt state firearms law):

    • Iowa State Association of Counties
    • Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund
    • Iowa League of Cities
    • League of Women Voters of Iowa

    Against HF92 – Stand Your Ground (removing the duty to retreat in areas outside of your home or place of employment):

    • Iowa Association for Justice
    • Iowa County Attorneys Association
    • Iowa Annual Conference of United Methodist Church
    • American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa
    • Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund
    • League of Women Voters of Iowa
    • Iowa Police Chiefs Association
    • Justice Reform Consortium

    Against HF99 – Repealing the Youth Shooting Ban (allowing Iowans under the age of 14 to shoot handguns with parental consent and proper supervision)

    • Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund
    • Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

    What you need to know for week 5:

    Our desire to protect and enhance our Second Amendment rights faces plenty of adversaries. We’ve made solid traction so far, but we’ll need some serious help from here on out if we want to see these bills, or any others signed into law.

    To make it as easy as possible for you we’ve just updated our Legislative Action Centerto include a brand new ‘Advocacy Campaign.’ This is a pre-written email that goes directly to the people that are supposed to be representing your interests in the capitol.

    The our latest advocacy campaign urges lawmakers to vote “Yes” on pro-gun owner bills. A wave of support from Iowa’s firearms community is needed to make sure our lawmakers know Iowan’s true feelings on Second Amendment issues.

    What you can do right now:

    Hit our newest legislator email, tell your lawmakers you want to see pro-gun owner bills signed into law this year. And just as importantly, get your family and friends involved. We face mounting opposition, and it’ll take continuous support from people like you if we want advance our cause in the legislature this year. Expect to see more updates as pro-gun owner bills work through the legislative session.

    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.

  • Review & Preview – Week 3 of Iowa’s Legislative Session

    February 2, 2015

    “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

    -Thomas Jefferson

    Fellow Iowans-

    Last week saw the introduction of two very solid bills. Representative Greg Heartsill is sponsoring a bill to remove the arbitrary minimum age requirement to handle handguns in Iowa. Heartsill’s also sponsoring a bill that would make Iowa a Stand Your Ground state by removing your duty to retreat from an attacker. In addition to Rep. Heartsill’s bills we’ve also received some very good news from Representative Chip Baltimore that anti-gun bills will not be gaining any traction in the House this year.

    Week 3 recap:

    Remember you can stay up to date on all firearms bills at the IFC 2015 Legislative Session page. There you can find bill numbers, who sponsored them, the bill’s status, and a brief synopsis.

    Last week Represenative Heartsill introduced the following bills that both protect and enhance Iowans rights.

    HF99 – Youth Handgun Age Limit
    Currently anyone under the age of 14 is strictly prohibited from holding or shooting a handgun in Iowa — regardless of whether or not that minor is under parental supervision. HF99 would amend the state code to allow a person under 14 to lawfully shoot a handgun, with proper supervision, as long as their parent, guardian, or spouse who is 21 years of age or older has provided consent.

    HF92 – Stand Your Ground
    This legislation would remove a person’s “duty to retreat” from an attacker.  This would allow law-abiding citizens to protect themselves or their family anywhere they are lawfully present.  This legislation would also expressly enhance the protections against criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits when justifiable force is used.

    HF45 – Emergency Powers & HF59 – Preemption Cleanup have both been assigned to subcommittees in the House Judiciary Committee. We’ll be updating any changes to their status on our 2015 Legislative Session page.

    What you need to know:

    A week ago we told you about a trio of gun control bills introduced by Representative Bruce Hunter. At the time we knew the bills had very little chance of passage, and now we’re even more confident. That’s because Representative Chip Baltimore, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has stepped up and made it very clear that he opposes these anti-gun bills and will not be considering them in his committee. This is a significant development and Representative Baltimore deserves many thanks for taking a stand. Please take a moment to contact Representative Chip Baltimore and say thanks for standing up for Iowan’s Second Amendment rights.

    What you can do right now:

    Volunteer at the IFC booth at the Cedar Rapids Gun Show

    Feb. 6th – 8th
    Hawkeye Downs
    Volunteer for a couple hours or all day
    FREE admission for volunteers
    Contact:  andrewmaixner+IFC@gmail.com

    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.

  • 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.