• State of Emergency Declared in Cedar Rapids

    September 27, 2016
    (Tiffany Rushing/The Courier via AP)

    (Tiffany Rushing/The Courier)

    State of Emergency 2016 Cedar Rapids

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the surrounding area are once again looking at historic flooding. The situation is bad enough that Mayor Ron Corbett has declared a state of emergency in Cedar Rapids. Homes along the flood plain are being evacuated, an 8 p.m. curfew has been put in place and “law enforcement will be challenging anyone in these areas and you will be subject to arrest.”

    In short, the situation is not looking good and the city is doing everything they can to keep things in order. Yet during these times of crisis, these states of emergency, there are elected officials in Iowa who think residents should be disarmed exactly when their right to keep and bear arms is needed most.

    Last year with the help of Representative Greg Heartsill we introduced House File 2280, the Emergency Protection Act.

    This bill would have prohibited the confiscation of firearms, ammunition, and other Second Amendment rights during a “disaster emergency proclamation” or “public disorder” declared by the governor, or any other state official, or any community within the State of Iowa. In essence this bill would have kept Hurricane Katrina style confiscation of firearms from happening in Iowa.

    We talk about this bill in the past tense because even though it easily passed the Iowa House of Representatives 67-31 with bi-partisan support, the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee, headed by Steve Sodders of Marshall County refused to bring this bill to the floor for a vote. They didn’t vote no on it, they simply refused acknowledge it even existed. We’re working reshape the Iowa Senate so that good bills like this will actually get to see the light of day and get a vote. To see what we’re doing and help us make a change in the Iowa Senate visit our political action page www.IFCPAC.com

    What does this mean for flood victims in Cedar Rapids?

    Well, it means that right now if the Mayor of Cedar Rapids or the Governor of Iowa were to declare it was necessary to confiscate firearms from Cedar Rapids residents law enforcement and the National Guard could start going house to house disarming law-abiding residents stripping them of their constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms, all at a time when that right is critically important.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition wants this to never happen to the people of Iowa. You should be free to have the means to defend yourself and your loved ones when times are good, but especially when times are bad. Unfortunately Senate Democrats and Steve Sodders’ Senate Judiciary Committee have blocked our efforts to protect your ability to protect yourself during times of emergency.

    Here’s a perfect example from ABC News of what we’re trying to avoid in Iowa:

    Finally, let’s be absolutely clear, law enforcement in Cedar Rapids have done a phenomenal job of keeping the peace thus far. But there’s no denying it, this flood is straining Cedar Rapids. That begs the question, what happens if things go south? What happens if there’s a levee break? What happens if mandatory evacuations are required? Police officers will no doubt have their hands full moving people out of the flood zone. But that also leaves the rest of the city vulnerable as emergency response times will no doubt get stretched out longer and longer.

    Whether it’s a breached levee, mandatory evacuations, or looting no one wants to see any of this happen. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be prepared and able to deal with any of these scenarios. And it certainly does not mean law-abiding Iowans should ever be denied the ability and means to protect themselves in this or any other state of emergency.

  • Action Alert & 2015 Legislative Update

    December 8, 2014

    Take action now — email your legislators to let them know your stance on 2nd Amendment issues before the 2015 legislative session begins!

    Fellow Iowans:

    In just over a month Iowa’s 86th General Assembly will convene in Des Moines. Our lawmakers need to know from the very beginning that we have certain expectations. That’s why we’ve created our Legislative Action Center. It lets you find exactly who your legislators are and makes it easy for you to establish contact with them. If you’re not exactly sure how to put your thoughts into words, we offer pre-written the emails for you to send (CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION NOW). This can’t be stressed enough: making frequent contact with your legislators is one of the most effective ways to protect your rights, and the Iowa Firearms Coalition wants to make that process as easy as possible.

    On January 12th we begin a new legislative session, and with the NRA and your help we plan to chart new territory. In recent years we’ve had limited success passing pro-2nd Amendment bills. It’s not because those bills lacked strong support. On the contrary, they generally had a huge backing. But one anti-gun legislator, Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids, held a key position in the legislature, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. From there he used procedural measures to block every bill that the Iowa Firearms Coalition and the NRA supported.

    This year things are going to be different though. Rob Hogg is no longer the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He’s been replaced by Steve Sodders of State Center. Sodders is a Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputy. In recent years he’s supported some of our bills. But he’s also opposed others. Let’s make sure Steve Sodders knows full well that Iowans believe strongly in our 2nd Amendment rights and will fight any attempt to infringe on those rights.

    We’ve just activated a pre-session action titled “2nd Amendment supporter looking forward to the upcoming session” in our Legislative Action Center. This is a great tool that allows Iowans to send a strong, pro-2nd Amendment message to Iowa’s lawmakersbefore the legislative session even begins. We’ll be updating the Legislative Action Center as various bills come up during the session, and we’ll be in touch each time we do.

    Fighting for our 2nd Amendment rights,

    Sheena Green
    Communications Director
    Iowa Firearms Coalition


    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.

     

  • Volunteers needed for Cedar Rapids Gun Show

    September 5, 2014

    t-shirt-office-gun-showIowa Firearms Coalition needs your help. We routinely have a table a gun shows around the state in which IFC volunteers help ‘spread the good word’ about the benefits an organization like ours provides. Next week is the Cedar Rapids gun show at the Hawkeye Downs. This is a great opportunity to spend some time with like-minded individuals and get into the show at no charge (since you’re actually working a booth).

    Volunteers are needed during each of the following shifts:

    Friday, Sept 12, 5:00-9:00
    Saturday, Sept 13, 9:00-5:00
    Sunday, Sept 14, 9:00-3:00

    Sign up at http://www.iowacarry.org/forums1/index.php?showtopic=26063 or email andrewmaixner+ifc@gmail.com

     


    Never volunteered to work an IFC gun show booth? Here’s a quick answers to things you may be wondering about:

    1. Volunteers are not charged admission since they’re technically working a booth
    2. IFC will have an experienced volunteer there to help guide any new volunteers.
    3. Volunteers should expect to talk about Federal and Iowa related 2A issues, and guns in general…
    4. Volunteers will help sign up new IFC members
    5. Volunteers can work partial shifts. E.g. 9-12 Saturday rather than a full 9-5 shift

     

    Any further questions can be sent to: Andrew Maixner – andrewmaixner+ifc@gmail.com