• State Senator Brad Zaun Refuses Media Requests About Carrying Concealed at the Capitol

    February 23, 2015
    Brad Zaun refuses to answer Des Moines Register questions about carrying a concealed firearm.

    Brad Zaun refuses to answer Des Moines Register questions about carrying a concealed firearm.

    State Senator Brad Zaun is refusing to answer questions about whether or not he carries a concealed weapon while at work in the state capitol. The Des Moines Register recently questioned him again about carrying a 9mm for personal protection.

    “It’s none of your business, none of your business, no,” Zaun told William Petroski of the Des Moines Register.

    Zaun then added, “I don’t think it is anybody’s business when I carry, at what times I carry, and I am not going to disclose it.”

    Last year Zaun told a panel of Register writers that he sometimes carried a 9mm pistol in the capitol, and he knew of several other elected officials who did as well.

    “Honestly, I have in the past. I don’t do it every day. But I will tell you that when I do public events, a lot of times I do carry,” Zaun said at the time.

    Michael Marshall, Secretary of the Iowa Senate says state code prohibits the public from carrying concealed weapons in state capitol buildings. But legislators are not considered members of the public and it’s perfectly legal for them to carry concealed if they’re properly permitted.

    Given incidents like the attempted murder of a Jackson County public official, or the shooting at a New Hope, Minnesota city council meeting, more and more public officials are realizing so-called “Gun Free Zones” mean nothing and won’t stop someone intent on doing harm to others. This has led to more and more legislators taking responsibility for their own personal defense, and that should be commended.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition applauds Sen. Zaun on remaining tight-lipped about whether or not he carries. Concealed means concealed, and Zaun is a trained, permitted, and responsible citizen who’s exercising his rights.

    Carry on Brad!

    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.

  • Davenport Civil Rights Commission trying to deny 2A rights of city councilman

    September 18, 2014




    You probably could not make this up if you tried…

    Davenport Iowa’s Civil Rights Commission — the group tasked with making sure residents of their city are not discriminated against have been actively trying to deny the rights of anyone entering Davenport’s City Council Chambers. 

    Last night KWQC ran a story about how Davenport’s Civil Rights Commission attempted to pass a motion that would turn Davenport’s City Council Chambers into a so-called “weapons free zone.” That’s right, the Civil Rights Commission tried to unlawfully deny your 2nd Amendment right..

    If that’s not ironic enough, it gets even better… and Davenport’s 2nd Ward Alderman Bill Edmond is the reason why. Edmond has been known to carry a concealed firearm. Apparently this makes Tom Hart (the chairman of the Civil Rights Commission) uncomfortable. Boo. Hoo.

    “It’s intimidating to try to conduct a public meeting with two loaded guns sitting on the table.” Hart told Channel 6.

    According to Alderman Edmond, Hart’s claim is overstated “I would my put briefcase on the floor in back of me. He would have had to go over and look into my briefcase to see a gun in there. Our Civil Rights Commission, ironically, they were trying to take my rights away from me. I have the civil right to carry a gun under the Second Amendment and Iowa state law.”

    “We were going to pass a motion, and it would have been a unanimous decision to do so, to make it a weapon free zone.” Says Hart. Fortunately, Davenport’s legal department promptly put the Civil Right’s Commission in its place. They reminded Hart and company it’s not their job to create ordinances. Of course, there’s also that little detail in Iowa’s Constitution dealing with preemption and so-called “weapons free zones” in municipal buildings (Iowa Constitution Amendments 25 and 37).

    So let’s recap… Bill Edmond, a man elected by Davenport residents, legally carries a concealed firearm into a meeting with a group of civil liberties folks whose job it is to make sure people are treated fairly. But when those people start to feel “uncomfortable” that someone is lawfully exercising their Constitutionally protected right, every single one of them tried to overstep their boundaries and create a “Weapons Free Zone” when they have no legal authority to do so.

    Odds are if you’re reading this post you’re well aware that these so-called “Weapons Free Zones” are anything but weapons free. Davenport’s Civil Rights Commission doesn’t need to look very far to see that — e.g. the attempted murder of a Jackson County Assessor earlier this month (“Gun Free Zone” sticker FAILS to stop attempted bloodbath in Maquoketa). Then there’s also the unfortunate examples where so-called “Weapons Free Zones” also failed to stop  Sandy Hook Elementary, Aurora’s Century Movie Theater, Virginia Tech Campus, and so on. 

    The fact is, the p.c. police on Davenport’s Civil Right Commission seem to be willing to stand up for only a few of your rights. Do something they don’t care for, and they’ll try to walk all over your civil rights.