• Legislative update week 16 – Sine Die

    May 1, 2016
    Legislative update week 16
    Sine Die

    Iowans-

    Friday night the state legislature adjourned “sine die” for 2016. This means lawmakers have closed out this year’s legislative session and have no plans to meet again until 2017. The Senate chose not to allow a vote on the Privacy Protection Act, and killed that bill like they have so many other pro-gun owner bills in the last 6 years. As we’ve pointed out before, this bill, HF2314, would benefit more than a quarter million Iowans. It is also endorsed by Iowa law enforcement, and it passed the House by an astounding 97 to 1 vote. Yet despite all this, the Democrats in control of the Senate said the bill “needed fixing” and refused to allow a vote on this bill. This course of action is something we Iowans are unfortunately way too familiar with.

    Despite this, the Iowa Firearms Coalition and our allies were able to secure two noteworthy victories this year. We legalized suppressors and legalized ATV carry. This is more progress on the pro-Second Amendment front than has been made in the last 6 years. We’re proud to be able to reclaim a bit of liberty and we’re proud to have led the charge for these pro-freedom bills. But our work is FAR from over.

    If you’re satisfied with the way Senate Democrats have deliberately mishandled pro-Second Amendment bills, continue doing nothing. But if you’re like us, frustrated with the fact that we have to fight tooth and nail for every for pro-gun owner bill, then we need you to stay active. We’re facing a major election season, and we’re poised to flip the Senate and shake up the Iowa legislature. Now that the session is over, we’re not slowing down. We’ll soon be rolling out specific plans, easy things we all can do, that’ll help us flip the Senate and greatly improve the odds for pro-gun owner legislation in the Iowa legislature. But know this, we’ll only be successful if we can build a ground swell of active supporters. That means doing more than just casting a ballot in early November.

    If we fail you can expect to see the same anti-gunners running the Iowa Senate in 2017 and 2018. If you want to see change, you need to do your part to bring it about. We’re working hard on our end, but our success is directly tied to your involvement. Our active followers are a tremendous resource during the legislative session, now we hope to continue to harness your energy for the upcoming campaign season.

    We sincerely thank you for supporting the Iowa Firearms Coalition. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without your support. There’s a reason why IFC is the most respected Second Amendment organization in Iowa, and that reason is the thousands of you who keep close tabs on Iowa’s elected officials. Now we just need you to keep up the momentum and help us make some much needed changes in the legislature.

    Thank you so much. More updates to come!


    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. 

  • Hillary’s gun control flip-flop confirmed in Iowa

    February 1, 2016

    Hillary Flip Flop

    Hillary #GunSense Clinton

    Hillary Clinton wants so desperately to be this country’s gun control top dog. For months she’s been clamoring to point out how badly she wants “common sense” gun control measures, including Australia style gun confiscations. But why is Hillary on such a fervent gun control kick? Well, it all traces back to a single source: a socialist from Vermont.

    A year ago Hillary was looking at clear skies and smooth sailing all the way to receiving the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. Then Senator Bernie Sanders threw his hat in the ring. Sanders, a self admitted socialist is further to the left on the political spectrum than Hillary in just about every conceivable way.

    Initially Sanders wasn’t a concern for Hillary. Just an eccentric socialist with kooky hair. But when progressives in the party’s base started ‘feeling the Bern’ and abandoning the Good Ship Hillary, the former Secretary of State had to start scrambling. She had to find a way to prove herself to the left-wing activists within the party. Her coronation suddenly didn’t appear to be such a sure thing. Hillary had to find something, anything, where she could be more radical than the socialist Sanders. She was not about to cut ties with her Wall Street sugar-daddies but the gun topic was one area where there was some light between the two of them. So Hillary decided that for the good of her campaign gun control would have to become a bigger priority. Not because Hillary cares about gun control. It’s because it’ll help her score political points and win the Democratic party’s presidential nomination.

    ’08 Hillary vs. ’16 Hillary

    Yesterday, the day before the 2016 Iowa Caucuses Hillary went out of her way to once again bring up gun control. She brought up the NRA/Iowa Firearms Coalition measure, the Youth Safety & Parental Rights Act. A bill that would remove Iowa’s archaic ban on supervised youth handgun shooting. Under Iowa law your son or daughter can learn to shoot any shotgun or rifle there is, including those evil AR15s and AK47s everyone fears, but the second a parent lets them handle a handgun they’re committing a criminal act.

    Here’s what Hillary had to say about parents being free to teach their kids to shoot a handgun:

    Clinton grew animated when talking about how the NRA is interested in “lowering the age from 14 to let more children legally have guns. What kind of debate is that? I have heard about what happens to children…finding that loaded gun. I’ve heard the stories, I’ve seen the news reports, about the ones who are killed.”

    Flashing anger, Clinton yelled, “What is wrong with us!”

    First off, Hillary conveniently left out several important facts about Iowa’s Youth Safety and Parental Rights Act. Namely that this bill is not about letting kids have guns as Hillary claims, it’s about teaching kids at an early age to respect firearms and how to behave around these items. It’s about allowing parents to address their children’s natural curiosity. That way if they do find a loaded gun they’re not curious and tempted to play with it putting themselves or those around them in danger.

    Setting aside Hillary’s gross mischaracterization of this bill, her comments Sunday were a direct contradiction to her very own words on the campaign trail.

    Back in 2008, during a different presidential campaign Hillary was running against then Senator Barack Obama. Back then Hillary went out of her way to try to show her appreciation for parents teaching kids to shoot. She even went so far as to tell glowing stories about her childhood and time spent behind the family cottage learning to shoot with dad. Here’s how Hillary learned to shoot:

    “You know, my dad took me out behind the cottage that my grandfather built on a little lake called Lake Winola outside of Scranton and taught me how to shoot when I was a little girl,” she said.

    “You know, some people now continue to teach their children and their grandchildren. It’s part of culture. It’s part of a way of life. People enjoy hunting and shooting because it’s an important part of who they are. Not because they are bitter.”

    Flip-flip: Achieved

    If that’s not a complete flip-flop, we don’t know what is.

    The #GunSense crowd will never admit it publicly, but by now Hillary’s gun control push is nothing more than a well documented case of political pandering. She’s desperate to do whatever she can score political points. In this case it’s pushing for more gun control. But if it weren’t for Bernie Sanders she’d probably still be talking about all of her fond memories of shooting with dad on the shores of Lake Winola.

    We’re not buying your charade Hillary, and judging by your shrinking polling numbers, neither are plenty of Iowans.


    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. 

  • Brady Campaign Forced To Pay Pro-Gun Groups!

    June 24, 2015
    We'd love to see a fat check and a good portion of the Brady Campaign's money get used to protect and enhance the Second Amendment rights of Iowans.  Please help spread this around, it might be the easiest way you can help us raise money (and stick it to the anti's in the process).

    We’d love to see a fat check and a good portion of the Brady Campaign’s money get used to protect and enhance the Second Amendment rights of Iowans. Please help spread this around, it might be the easiest way you can help us raise money (and stick it to the anti’s in the process).

    Anti-gunners plan backfires big time

    For the last year the notoriously anti-gun Brady Campaign has been suing the online ammunition retailer Lucky Gunner. They claim that because Lucky Gunner sold the ammunition used in the tragic Aurora, Colorado shooting they were somehow responsible for the actions of their product’s end-user.

    Fortunately the judge in this suit laid down the law on the Brady bunch and dismissed the case. What’s even better he forced the Brady Campaign to cover Lucky Gunner’s legal fees!

    “Those who ignite a fire should be responsible for the cost of suppressing it before it becomes a conflagration,” Senior District Judge Richard P. Matsch wrote to the Brady Campaign.

    Lucky Gunner to give away the Brady’s money

    Judge Matsch ordered the Brady Campaign to pay Lucky Gunner $111.971.10 to cover their legal fees.

    Having been drug through the mud for months by desperate anti-gunners the folks over at Lucky Gunner would have been well within their rights to take that hard-earned money, pay their bills and continue on with their lives.

    But in a true showing of their commitment to the Second Amendment community Lucky Gunner has announced they’re giving away every single penny they’ve been awarded to a select group of pro-gun groups throughout the country.

    Fortunately the Iowa Firearms Coalition is on the list. This means the IFC could use the anti-gunners own money against them here in Iowa.

    If we want to capitalize on this opportunity we’re going to need your grassroots support once again.

    It won’t cost you any money, and it’ll take less than 60 seconds. But your actions will have a direct financial impact on the Iowa Firearms Coalition.

    How it works & How to help

    Brady Campaign forced to pay Lucky Gunner's legal fees. Help us bring some of that money to Iowa!

    Voting is easy. Help make sure Iowa’s only all volunteer, non-profit 2A organization can maximize on this great opportunity.

    Helping the IFC is easy.

    1) Go to the Lucky Gunner website.

    2) Scroll down.

    3) Select “Iowa Firearms Coalition.”

    4) Submit your vote.

    That’s it.

    You can vote once per day per device. Which means you can log multiple votes if you use your smart phone, tablet, or have multiple computers, etc..

    Voting ends on August 1st.

    According to Lucky Gunner they’ll split the Brady Campaign’s money the following ways:

    “we’ll cut checks to each organization receiving votes on a percentage basis. In other words, if “Organization A” gets 5% of the vote, it will receive 5% of whatever is recovered.”

    We’d love to see a fat check and a good portion of the Brady Campaign’s money get used to protect and enhance the Second Amendment rights of Iowans.

    Please help spread this around, it might be the easiest way you can help us raise money (and stick it to the anti’s in the process).


    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.

  • 4 Common Myths About the NRA…Busted!

    December 12, 2014

     

    Protest

    Originally written by Daniel T. McElrath for the NRA’s Family Insights

    Myth 1: The NRA represents gun manufacturers.

    One of the most pervasive myths about NRA is that it represents firearm manufacturers. It doesn’t. It represents firearm owners. Firearm manufacturers are represented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Yes, manufacturers often contribute money to the Association or raffle/contest prizes to one of its many programs, but NRA—at its heart—is a non-profit civil rights organization. As for firearms manufacturers, their size and cash reserves are grossly overestimated by those who oppose gun rights. A firearm is an extremely durable product with a very long service life, and is a big-ticket item for most consumers, limiting sales. Unless a firearm manufacturer is also a defense or law-enforcement contractor with domestic and/or foreign government contracts, it is typically a small operation; certainly nowhere near being a Fortune 500 company.

    Myth 2: The NRA’s power rests in how much money it gives out to candidates.

    Many gun-control advocates seem to have trouble believing that someone would disagree with them on a subject like gun control and that, if someone does, it must be the result of greed. The truth is that the NRA’s power comes not from distributing cash, but from producing votes. NRA members are politically informed and engaged, and vote in extremely high numbers. Moreover, many are single-issue voters who have arrived at the understanding that their opinions on any other subject are potentially moot without the Second Amendment backing them up.

    Myth 3: The NRA’s influence is grossly disproportionate to its membership numbers.

    This miscalculation is based on the actual number of paid NRA memberships. It fails to consider the practical realities of non-profit advocacy. Not every family can afford separate memberships for each member of the family. Many households have only one “official” member, but everyone in the home reads the NRA Official Journal and supports the Association in spirit. During times of economic hardship, organization memberships are often viewed as a luxury and are voluntarily suspended by annual members until things improve. Further, when the political situation is “good” for gun owners (for example, when there is a pro-gun administration in Washington), gun owners feel safe and often allow their memberships to lapse. And, of course, some people just aren’t “joiners.” They believe in the Right to Keep and Bear Arms but, for whatever reason, don’t formally join advocacy organizations, though they vote in support of the Second Amendment. So, while NRA may have “only” 5 million members, each of those represents many like-minded folks who turn out come Election Day and cast votes in preservation of their rights.

    Myth 4: Polls show that most Americans disagree with NRA and want more gun control.

    The mainstream press often cites polls showing Americans support gun control. Don’t believe them. First of all, many of these polls are conducted immediately following highly publicized mass shootings, when people respond emotionally. Also, you have to know how the poll was conducted and how questions were posed. If asked, simply “Are you in favor of gun control?” a person on the street may say yes. However, if you pose the question “Do you favor more gun control legislation or the enforcement of existing laws?” that same person may favor the latter.

    We also must consider whether we really want Constitutional rights determined via polling. The Bill of Rights protects the individual from “the tyranny of the majority.” The Second Amendment doesn’t say “Good poll numbers being essential to good public policy, the right of the people … .” Are we forbidden from practicing a certain religion because it’s not trending well? Do we give up the right to read a good book because it’s fallen into disfavor among the majority?
    Join the NRA – $10 off annual memberships


    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.

  • Throwback Thursday – KGAN “Suppressor Bill Could Be Supressed”

    October 16, 2014

    “I’ve been in office 12 years,” said Hogg. “This is the first year I remember hearing from any constituents about it.”
    He says if it’s such a big deal, he’d like to see it as a campaign issue in 2014 so that the voters can have a say.
    “I don’t think there was a single campaign in 2012 where the legality of silencers was an issue,” said Hogg.

    This was big news exactly four months ago… let’s make sure Senator Rob Hogg hears the message loud and clear AND loses his precious Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee seat.

    Don’t forget, last session our suppressor bill passed the House of Representatives with more than 80% support from both sides of the aisle. In the Senate we had pledges of support from every single Republican and 20 out of 26 Democrats. But none of that mattered to Rob Hogg. It didn’t fit his agenda, so he let the suppressor bill sit in the drawer and never come to a vote in his Senate Judiciary Committee.

    If this ticks you off, volunteer just a couple of hours with us and help us Stand and Fight!

  • BREAKING: Gabby Giffords to visit Iowa in support of Bruce Braley

    October 14, 2014
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    Courtesy: KCCI

     

    Gabby Giffords will soon be visiting our state in an attempt to drum up support for Representative Bruce Bailey’s Braley’s run for the US Senate. Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly head the gun control super PAC “Americans for Responsible Solutions.” Giffords has just begun a nine state tour that’s pushing a gun control agenda that will allegedly “help protect women and families.”

    Specific details of Giffords’ visit have yet to be released to the public.

    This isn’t the first time Braley has leaned on these anti-gunners for support. Almost a year ago Giffords and Kelly spoke at the “Bruce Blues & BBQ.” Giffords’ super PAC has even endorsed Braley’s run for the senate.

    Braley has been very open about his desire to enact stricter gun control regulations, and his close relationship with Giffords and Kelly erases any doubt that if elected Braley will support more gun control. If for no other reason than to repay Giffords and Co. for the favors they’ve done for him and his campaign.

    For this reason and many others IFC is proud to support Joni Ernst in her run for Senate. And we encourage our fellow Iowans who value their rights and oppose the Braley/Giffords/Michael Bloomberg gun control scheme to vote for Ernst in the upcoming election.

    If you’re interested in joining our fight to elect solid, pro-gun candidates this November CLICK HERE to volunteer and make a real difference.

  • 97% of Iowans are ignoring the biggest threat to our 2nd Amendment rights

    October 10, 2014

    Concord AR

     

    During the American Revolution, the active forces in the field against the King’s tyranny never amounted to more than 3% of the colonists. They were in turn actively supported by perhaps 10% of the population. In addition to these revolutionaries were perhaps another 20% who favored their cause but did little or nothing to support it. Another one-third of the population sided with the King (by the end of the war there were actually more Americans fighting FOR the King than there were in the field against him) and the final third took no side, blew with the wind and took what came.

    From: What is a “Three Percenter?”

     

    Many of you may have seen the paragraph above, but if you haven’t, take a moment and think about those numbers. Where would YOU fall on that list?

    Be a three percenter – Join the fight!

    20% favor the cause…

    …but do little to nothing to support it.

    When it comes to defending our 2nd Amendment rights are you with us? Are you one of the 20% who agrees with the work we’re doing? If so, what are you doing to support those fighting for your rights? What’s stopping you from taking an active role in the fight to defend YOUR freedoms?

    10% actively support the cause

    If you’re part of the 10% of the population who actively supports the defense of YOUR rights, THANK YOU. Your contributions make our fight possible.

    3% are actually in the fight

    To the three percent that are out there campaigning with us; knocking on doors – making phone calls – talking to your neighbors  – spreading the word about why we do what do and believe what we believe — IFC is truly grateful to have you. You’re the ones our politicians fear when they defy our will. They know it’s people like you who won’t forget their actions. They know you’re the ones that will make life miserable for them during campaign season. They know that you’re the ones that are the biggest threat to their reelection efforts.

    Everyone else can talk about what they believe, but you alone can stick out your chest and boast that you are actually out their doing something for your beliefs.

     

    We’re fighting tooth and nail to make Iowa a true pro-gun state. We’ve brought you Shall Issue. We’ve successfully fought off attempts to weaken your 2nd Amendment rights. We’ve passed bills that will give YOU the right to stand your ground, that will protect YOUR right to keep and bear arms, that will LEGALIZE suppressors, and will make it illegal for the media to publish YOUR information. Unfortunately, all of the work on these bills has been undone by one liberal anti-gun state senator by the name of Rob Hogg. Time after time he’s blocked our bills from advancing. As frustrating as this has been, there’s still cause for hope. The only reason Hogg has been able to stand in our way is because he’s part of 26-24 Democrat majority in the Iowa Senate, but with your help that’s about to change.

    Iowa Firearms Coalition is a non-partisan organization. We’re proud to work with anyone who’ll help us defend our 2nd Amendment rights. But for far too long Rob Hogg has been able to thwart our hard work and the will of Iowans state-wide. We’ve attempted to work with Senate Democrats to find other ways of getting these bills passed, but ultimately we get nowhere. They continue to support Hogg, and defeating our attempts to work with the rest of them. This has left us with no other options. In order to protect and advance our rights we must fight to remove our biggest roadblock from power. We’re still non-partisan, but the fact is Rob Hogg and those that continue to prop him up must go.

    IFC is now actively working to flip the Iowa Senate. Our opponents hold a razor-thin majority. If we can remove them from power our ability to advance solid pro gun bills increases dramatically. In order to do that we need men and women who want to hold our politicians accountable for their actions – right now. We’re looking for the ones who are willing to stand up and call out these anti-gun politicians. We need those who haven’t forgotten the value their rights. Right now we need 3 percenters.

    Join us. Take an active role in this fight and volunteer with us today.