• KWWL & Police Break Iowa Law with “Gun Test” Story

    February 13, 2016

    Gun Test - KWWL

     

    The Gun Test

    KWWL, Iowa’s News Channel 7, and the Waterloo Police Department recently broke Iowa law when they knowingly allowed eight pre-school and kindergarten students access to a pistol for a story. The illegal activity was part of heavily promoted and highly edited sweeps story KWWL titled “The Gun Test” which aired the night of February 11th.

    Gun Test KWWL

    KWWL’s “hidden” gun from the Gun Test.

    The Gun Test story featured KWWL anchor Amanda Goodman and Lieutenant Aaron McClelland of the Waterloo Police Department. The two placed an unloaded pistol in a KWWL conference room next to a pile of toys. Before letting the kids in the room Lt. McClelland repeatedly told the kid’s moms the gun unloaded but that “it looks and feels, because it is, an actual weapon.” Then eight unsupervised children were ushered into the conference room to play. All the while Goodman, McClelland and the children’s parents watched from another room.

    Everything was recorded and edited heavily into a seven minute sweeps story designed to drum up ratings for KWWL. In the story the gun is placed between the arm of a couch and a cushion, right next to a pile of toys. The kids find the gun in a matter of seconds and begin to play with it. Passing it around. Pointing it at one another. The scene is designed to be dramatic, and it is. But it is also illegal under Iowa law.

    724.22

    Iowa Code 724.22 subsection 5 clearly states:

    "A parent or guardian or spouse who is twenty-one years of age
     or older, of a person fourteen years of age but less than twenty-one
     may allow the person to possess a pistol or revolver or the
     ammunition therefor for any lawful purpose while under the direct
     supervision of the parent or guardian..."
    
    
    Here's a screen capture of KWWL's story The Gun Test.

    Here’s a screen capture of KWWL’s story The Gun Test.

    Goodman makes it perfectly clear early in the story that this group of children are pre-school and kindergarten aged, far from the 14-year-old minimum age required by Iowa law. This means Goodman, Lt. McClelland, and every single one of the mom’s featured in this story are committing a crime. Each is committing a serious misdemeanor punishable by up one year imprisonment and an $625 fine. If they’re caught again, they risk felony charges.

    The law that was broken in this story directly impacts lives of thousands of Iowa families who want nothing more than to be free to teach their kids to respect firearms without fear of committing a criminal act. These are families like the Gibsons of Johnston, Iowa. Some of you may remember the Gibson’s story. In April 2014 Nathan Gibson took his two young daughters to an Iowa shooting range. They were practicing with a Walther P22 pistol when a rangemaster informed them they were breaking the law and needed to leave. The Gibsons were in absolute disbelief, as far as they knew they were doing everything right. After doing some digging they discovered a little known Iowa law (724.22) that barred anyone under the age of 14 from possessing a pistol or revolver, even under direct adult supervision. Ever since, the Gibson family has been fighting to change Iowa law.

    “The reason kids are dying the parents don’t teach their kids gun safety, so a kid picks up a handgun, they don’t know what it is or what to do with it,” Meredith Gibson recently told an Iowa House Judiciary Subcommittee.

    Setup to fail

    Another view of KWWL Gun Test. Can you really call a gun "hidden" if you can plainly see it from across the room? And can you really be surprised that kids find it if you "hide" it inches away from a pile of toys?

    Another view of the KWWL Gun Test. Can you really call a gun “hidden” if you can plainly see it from across the room? And can you really be surprised that kids quickly find it if you “hide” the gun inches away from a pile of toys?

    KWWL’s Gun Test Story was billed as an “experiment.” Goodman’s intentions with this experiment may have been noble, but this test was deliberately flawed from the start and designed to maximize fear. This experiment was laid out so that these kids would quickly find the gun and let their natural curiosity take over so the news station could trump up the fear factor. Showing unsupervised kids with a gun and close up cutaways of distraught, teary eyed moms.

    Make no mistake, there was an agenda at play here. These kids were setup to fail.

    “It took just seconds. A room full of toys – a hidden gun – and curious children… it took just seconds.” Says Goodman. It took just seconds because the gun was never hidden in the first place. It was sitting there, in plain sight, only halfway stuffed into a couch cushion, so poorly hidden that it can be seen from across the room in the opening shot of the story.

    Not only was the gun not hidden, it was placed right next to a pile of toys. The only pile of toys in the entire room. The rest of the conference room was completely void of any toys. Except for the couch, which conveniently had a gun nearly touching a pile of stuffed animals, frisbees and balls. There’s no question why “it took just seconds.”

    Educated kids = safer kids

    Of the eight children in the KWWL Gun Test only six actually laid their hands on the gun. The group was a mix of kids from a variety of families. Some of the families are gun owners, some are not. However it must be noted that the two children who didn’t pick up the gun come from gun owning families whose parents had educated them about gun safety. This is encouraging, but there’s still work to be done. The Iowa Firearms Coalition is long time advocate of firearms safety. As demonstrated by KWWL’s Gun Test talking about guns and educating kids is a simple gun safety measure that clearly pays huge dividends. Unfortunately as KWWL now knows, Iowa law handicaps parents ability to remove their children’s natural curiosity.

    The Eddie Eagle program is designed to specifically teach kids what to do if they find a gun.

    The Eddie Eagle program is designed to specifically teach kids what to do if they find a gun. STOP. Don’t Touch. Run Away. Tell a Grown-up.

    The National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle program addresses scenarios such as the one laid out in KWWL’s Gun Test head on. For those of you not familiar the Eddie Eagle program is specifically tailored to teach young kids what to do should they ever come across a gun. The message is simple, if you see a gun:

    1) STOP!

    2) Don’t Touch

    3) Run Away

    4) Tell A Grown-up

    Whether you’re a gun owner or not, teaching your kids this message is invaluable and the Iowa Firearms Coalition highly encourages it. Reviewing this message on a regular basis is critical. It won’t be successful if it’s just a one time thing. Teaching kids to respect firearms, and addressing their natural curiosity are two of the very best things that can be done to keep kids safe.

    Child Safety & Parental Rights Act

    KWWL, it’s great that you want to talk about gun safety. We’re in agreement, everyone, everywhere to talk to their kids about what to do if they find a gun. But please, don’t stack the deck against a group of small children for dramatic effect during a ratings period. Instead of setting them up to fail, why not set them up for success? At the very least you could have brought in an additional group of kids and prepped them using the Eddie Eagle program then aired the results of that experiment as well.

    And finally, please, before putting unsupervised kids in a room with a gun, even if it is unloaded, make sure you know the law. We all know that ignorance of the law is no excuse. That’s especially true if you’re breaking the law in front of tens of thousands of impressionable viewers.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition is leading the charge to repeal Iowa’s ban on supervised youth shooting and gun safety training. House File 2042, the Youth Safety and Parental Rights Act would give parents the freedom to educate their kids on proper gun safety at a young age. True gun safety can’t be legislated. Our kids must be educated. Removing a child’s natural curiosity and teaching them to stop, don’t touch, leave, and tell a grown up is the only way to keep them safe in every situation. “Curiosity is killing our kids” says Goodman, quite simply we want Iowa families to have every option available to remove that curiosity.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition is fighting for this repeal so people like Ms. Goodman, and Lieutenant McClelland don’t have to worry about committing a criminal act when teaching kids about gun safety. But most importantly we’re fighting for change because the safety of tens of thousands of families and children in Iowa should never be put in jeopardy because a misguided and little known law makes teaching kids to shoot a crime.


    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. 

     

  • Review & Preview : Week 17 of the Iowa Legislative Session

    May 10, 2015


    Men fight for freedom, then they begin to accumulate laws to take it away from themselves.
    -Author unknown


    ​Week 17 Review

    Iowa Firearms Coalition members continue to fight the Senate’s inaction on SF427. We activated a new Advocacy Campaign and continue to call on each and every one of you to keep the pressure on the Senate and the Senate’s leadership. The details on how to do so are outlined below.

    Week 18 Preview

    Since this legislative session is already beyond it’s intended length (and the legislators are no longer being paid nor receiving a per diem), both chambers of the Legislature are under increased pressure to wrap things up for the year. At the forefront of our minds should be how we went 2015 to be remembered as it pertains to the expansion of our 2nd Amendment freedoms.

    As we have previously mentioned, SF427 continues to remain a viable bill that needs only a final vote in the full Iowa Senate. It continues to enjoy broad bipartisan support and needs only to overcome the obstacle that is Senator Gronstal (D). As the Senate Majority Leader, Gronstal decides what bills will and will not be bought to the floor for debate and a vote. Recognizing that there is very little time left, we must make this week count as we continue to remind the Senate Leadership that we are still here and demand to be heard.

    What You Can Do

    As we celebrate Mother’s Day and reflect on everything we are thankful for, it becomes apparent that those things we are most thankful for include the many freedoms we enjoy. But as we ponder those freedoms we must continue to remind ourselves that we gain and maintain freedom through involvement.

    Similarly, we lose freedom when we become spectators to the political process and sit on the side-lines hoping for the best. As such, you must ask yourself if you want to be an agent of change that expands freedom, or do you want to be a spectator that watches freedom evaporate from our nation’s vocabulary.

    Get involved today! Make one phone call… send one email, and talk to one neighbor. Together, we can make our voices heard that SF427 must receive a vote!

    Email:
    Use our newest Advocacy Campaign to quickly and easily email your Senator. Help us send a strong message – ‘Your inaction on SF427 will be considered the same as a “No” vote.’

    If you can, copy the body of that message and send an additional email to the Senate leadership as well. Their email addresses are: mike.gronstal@legis.iowa.gov; steve.sodders@legis.iowa.gov; pam.jochum@legis.iowa.gov; joe.bolkcom@legis.iowa.gov

    Call:
    The Senate switchboard will open for calls tomorrow (Monday) at 1:00 p.m.

    Call them and leave a message – (515)281-3371 – “SF427 deserves a vote! It’s time to do what’s right for the people of Iowa. Stop the games and bring Senate File 427 to floor.”

    Ask that the message is delivered to your Senator as well as the Senate leadership.


    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 16 in the Iowa Legislature

    May 3, 2015

    Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.
    -Napoleon Bonaparte

     

    Week 16 Review

    The Iowa Senate continues to purposely stall SF427, the Omnibus Gun Bill. There has been no new action on the bill this week.

    Iowa Firearms Coalition members are fighting this malicious inaction. We’ve activated a new Advocacy Campaign and are calling on each and every one of you to turn up the pressure on the Senate and the Senate’s leadership.

    More details below on how you can do your part to help the cause.

    Week 17 Preview

    Right now many of us have more questions than answers with regard to the status of SF427. It is still a viable bill that can be voted on at a moment’s notice IF Senate Majority Leader (D) Mike Gronstal were to allow the democratic process to actually occur.

    Our current situation epitomizes everything that’s wrong and broke about our legislative system, and we need your help to get the word out.

    When a bill, such as SF427, passes 6 votes, each time with  bipartisan support, often receiving a supermajority vote, you’d think the Senate would recognize that it deserves a vote.When a bill, such as SF427, would protect the privacy more than a quarter million Iowans, you’d think the Senate would give it a fair vote.When a bill, such as SF427, is backed by Iowa’s police agencies, you’d think the Senate would listen to the men and women that keep them safe.

    Senator Gronstal and the inner circle that makes up the Senate leadership are purposely blocking this bill from being brought to a vote.

    They’re doing this because they’re afraid.

    Radical out of state gun control groups have put a lot of pressure on them to kill the Omnibus Gun Bill by any means possible. Undoubtedly there have been promises made about the 2016 elections as well. The Senate leadership is afraid that voting on this bill would mean their members would have to go on record and show their true colors.

    They’d rather pander to nanny state billionaires than do their jobs and serve the people of Iowa. They know the Omnibus Gun Bill has the votes to pass, but in order to keep their 1% East Coast sugar daddies happy they’re forced to use ticky-tack procedural methods to kill this bill rather than give it the vote it deserves.

    That is the real reason they refuse to bring SF427 to a vote.

    What You Can Do

    The time has come for us to hold the Senate Majority Leadership accountable. Rather than continue to make us explain *why* SF427 should receive a vote, it is time for us to require THEM to answer *why not.*

    Email:
    Use our newest Advocacy Campaign to quickly and easily email your Senator. Help us send a strong message – ‘Your inaction on SF427 will be considered the same as a “No” vote.’

    If you can, copy the body of that message and send an additional email to the Senate leadership as well. Their email addresses are: mike.gronstal@legis.iowa.gov; steve.sodders@legis.iowa.gov; pam.jochum@legis.iowa.gov; joe.bolkcom@legis.iowa.gov

    Call:
    The Senate switchboard will open for calls tomorrow (Monday) at 1:00 p.m.

    Call them and leave a message – (515)281-3371“SF427 deserves a vote! It’s time to do what’s right for the people of Iowa. Stop the games and bring Senate File 427 to floor.”

    Ask that the message is delivered to your Senator as well as the Senate leadership.

    Closing Thoughts

    Ask yourself, “Who runs Iowa? Do out-of-state astroturf organizations funded by New York billionaires run Iowa? Or do Iowans run Iowa? Do Iowans want to be told by East Coast gun grabbers how we should live our lives? Or do we want Iowa Legislators to represent IOWA values?”

    If Senators Gronstal and Sodders block our other 48 Senators from voting on SF427, they will have single handedly disenfranchised millions of Iowans. We cannot sit idly by and allow this to happen. As a 2nd Amendment advocate, if you have been saving your time and energy to be heard during this legislative session; now is the time! We’ve worked too hard to throw in the towel now.

    Call or email your Iowa Senator repeatedly this week and explain that we will not relent on this issue. Tell the Senate leadership we expect them to listen to the people of Iowa, or we will hold the whole Senate accountable at the voting booth in 2016!


    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, ormaking a donation.

  • DO or DIE Time for Iowa’s Omnibus Gun Bill

    May 1, 2015
    Legislative Alert
    Do or Die Time for Omnibus Gun Bill – SF427
    New Advocacy Campaign Launched

    Iowans-

    We’re getting word the Omnibus Gun Bill is in dire straits. We greatly need your help.

    It’s been three full weeks since the Iowa House of Representatives passed SF427, the latest version of the Omnibus Gun Bill. Since then the bill has been waiting for the Iowa Senate to schedule it for a vote. For three full weeks it has sat there, on the Senate leadership’s desk, and they haven’t lifted a finger. Nor will they unless we start making some racket.

    IFC needs your help starting right now, and continuing until the final gavel falls. We’ve just activated a brand new Advocacy Campaign telling the Senate Iowans expect them to do their jobs and give this bill a fair vote.

    If you can, please copy body of that message and send an additional email to the Senate leadership as well. Their email addresses are: mike.gronstal@legis.iowa.govsteve.sodders@legis.iowa.govpam.jochum@legis.iowa.govjoe.bolkcom@legis.iowa.gov

    Tell them the people of Iowa (whom they’ve sworn to serve) expect them to give the Omnibus Gun Bill a fair vote. Most importantly, make sure they know that no action on this bill must be considered the same as them voting ‘No.’

    We need you to help us make it very clear, the Senate’s actions (or in actions) in 2015 will not be forgotten during the 2016 elections.

    If the Senate allows the Omnibus Gun Bill to die without a vote they’ll have made several points very clear to the people of Iowa.

    • A track record of six massive by bipartisan votes mean nothing to them.
    • The word of Iowa’s law enforcement communities means nothing to them.
    • Protecting the privacy of a quarter million Iowans means nothing to them.
    • Parental rights, and supervised gun safety training mean nothing to them.
    • Stiffer penalties for criminals buying guns illegally means nothing to them.
    • Legalizing suppressors, and restoring lost freedoms means nothing to them.

    You’d think any legislator worth their salt would not want to be responsible for blocking of all that. But by now we know full well the Iowa Senate would rather follow its own agenda rather than listen to the people they’ve sworn to serve.

    Please use our Advocacy Campaign.

    We need you to contact the Iowa Senate the same way they vote in Chicago; early and often.

    We’ve asked for your help a lot this session. But this is when we need it most. This is shaping up to be our final push to get SF427 the vote it deserves. If we do not raise the alarm and make our case right now the Senate leadership will be more than happy to brush our Second Amendment freedoms aside once again.

    Please contact your Senator, the Senate leadership, and get your friends and family to do the same. It is do or die time for the Omnibus Gun Bill.

    The final push begins now.


    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, ormaking a donation.

  • Consider the Source: Gun Control Group Releases Skewed Survey

    April 16, 2015
    Out of state gun control activists grasping at straws to keep gun control push alive in Iowa.

    Methodology and the exact contents of Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety poll have (unsurprisingly) not been released.

    Survey Says…

    Desperate for attention anti-gunners have released the results of a new poll about gun laws in Iowa.

    The poll, paid for by Everytown for Gun Safety, claims that only 8 percent of Iowans oppose universal background checks.  Iowa media have begun circulating the results, you can find a copy of the story on the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier website. Other Everytown survey results include:

    34 percent supported and 61 percent opposed weakening the current requirement that Iowans complete a gun safety training course to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon in public places; 72 percent opposed and 25 percent supported removing the age requirement that children be 14 years or older to use handguns when supervised by adults; and 28 percent supported and 68 percent opposed changing current Iowa law to allow the use of firearm silencers.

    The results are extrapolations based off of the responses of 703 Iowans who took the phone survey conducted by SurveyUSA.

    Not surprisingly the questions participants were asked have not been released, nor have any other details of the poll’s methodology.

    No doubt the poll was designed to elicit the most skewed results possible.

    Consider the Source

    The poll is funded by the same group that has been making the bogus claim that the Omnibus Gun Bill would “arm domestic abusers and felons.” It’s also the same group that has a flown in a New York City lobbyist to try to persuade the Iowa legislature to kill the Omnibus Gun Bill. Now these out-of-staters are pushing this survey on as many people as possible, hoping to paint a picture that all of Iowa opposes the Omnibus Gun Bill (a fact we all know to be false).

    The fact is this group has yet to show their work, or any specifics about the survey, and truth be told we’re not holding our breaths that we’ll ever see that kind of information.

    Sadly Everytown for Gun Safety is now getting help from a group of gun owners in Iowa who are also trying to kill the Omnibus Gun Bill. It goes to show anti-gunners come in all shapes and sizes.

    The story about the Everytown for Gun Safety poll conveniently omits the fact that this bill would immediately benefit hundreds of thousands of Iowa Permit to Carry holders. These lawful Iowans would no longer have to worry about the threat of the media collecting things like their name, address, date of birth, etc., and publishing it for the whole world to see.

    Also missing from the piece is the vital detail that the Iowa law enforcement community wants to see this bill signed into law. The Iowa Police Chiefs Association, the Iowa Peace Officers Association, and the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association all back the Omnibus Gun Bill. A fact that Everytown, Moms Demand Action, the Center for American Progress, and other gun control zealots omit every time this bill is brought up.

    Of course telling their followers that the officers that keep you safe think this bill is good for Iowa does not fit their fear based agenda, so this should not be a surprise to anyone.

    And finally the reason the anti’s are so desperate to kill this bill is because they know it can pass. It’s got bipartisan support. And it’s not just a couple of Republicans and Democrats back this bill, an OVERWHELMING number of Iowa legislators from both sides of the aisle want to see the Omnibus Gun Bill signed into law. All it needs is to pass one more vote before going to Governor Branstad’s desk. This is precisely why anti-gun groups and now so-called no-compromise groups are working together to try to kill this bill, they know that despite their skewed polls, our side has virtually everything we need to get this bill passed.


    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.

  • BEWARE the anti-gunner’s new best friend in Iowa.

    April 14, 2015

     

    Vital Update:
    New Lies Being Spread About Omnibus Gun Bill
    Please share this message!

    We’ve seen a lot of out-of-state anti-gun groups attack the Omnibus Gun Bill this year, and while that should be no surprise, we’re now seeing this bill come under attack from a handful of all or nothing “pro-gun” Iowans.

    To review here’s who we’ve been fighting all year-long:

    Everytown for Gun Safety.
    Moms Demand Action.
    The Center for American Progress.
    Americans for Responsible Solutions.
    Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
    And more.
    They are all big money, national level gun control groups run by the likes of Michael Bloomberg, Gabby Giffords, the Brady Campaign as well as others. And they’re all united and actively working against Iowa’s Omnibus Gun Bill.Now, these hardcore gun control zealots have a new friend and ally from right here in Iowa.A group of self-purported “gun owners” from here in Iowa are actively campaigning against this bill, and the many vital improvements it would make to the lives and rights of Iowa’s gun owners. This group has a track record of killing pro gun bills, and they have never gotten a single piece of legislation signed into law.What’s worse, they’ve adopted the gun-grabber’s model of using lies, half-truths, and deleting factual comments in order to keep well-meaning Second Amendment advocates confused and in the dark. Their behavior is shameful, and is once again doing more harm than good.This group is now standing shoulder to shoulder with Bloomberg & Company’s lobbyists fighting to stop the Omnibus Gun Bill from making any progress. They may have different reasons, but these groups are now both united in the same anti-gun owner cause: killing the Omnibus Gun Bill and all the benefits it would bring to Iowans.

    We all knew all along the anti-gunners would resort to tricks and deceit, but to see another self-proclaimed “pro-gun” group from here in Iowa join forces with them is a surprise to many. But for many of us who follow this issue closely this is no surprise at all because this isn’t the first time this has happened.

    This same group actively lobbied against the Shall Issue concealed carry reforms we passed 5 years ago. If they had their way we’d still be holding out for a “perfect firearms bill” that never had a chance at passing. Had they been successful hundreds of thousands of Iowans would not be able enjoy the freedom to lawfully carry concealed weapons that we enjoy today. Instead of working to protect and enhance the Second Amendment rights of Iowans by any means possible, this group of gun owners would rather gamble everything on improbable, all or nothing, high stakes bills. This approach is almost always guaranteed to fail and their track record proves it. Not one single piece of pro-gun legislation they’ve sponsored has ever reached the Governor’s desk, let alone been signed into law.

    Now they’re up to their same old tricks, working again in lock step with Bloomberg and Company, this time to kill Iowa’s Omnibus Gun Bill.

    Very briefly let’s review everything these anti-gun owners are now working against:

    1.      Legalizing suppressors.2.      Creating new and streamlined training requirements for renewal Permit’s to Carry and moves the time between training from 5 years to 10 years.3.      Allowing for a renewal applicant to renew their permit under any of the current training requirements including shooting on a range if they so choose.4.      Establishing that a veteran with small arms training will never have to go through initial or renewal training to obtain their permit to carry.5.      Extending the window for qualifying training from the current 12 months now to 24 months. Meaning that if an applicant has had any qualifying training in the last 24 months that will qualify them for their new or renewal permit.

    6.      Creating a requirement for uniform permits throughout the state and establishes that all permits, carry and acquire, shall NOT be issued for a particular weapon nor can it contain any identifying information about the weapon including the make, model, serial number or any ammo used in the firearm. It also says applicants residence must not be listed on the permit and prohibits the inclusion of their social security number.

    7.      Extending the Permit to Acquire from a 1 year permit to a 5 year permit. This matches it up with the Permit to Carry which is also a 5 year permit.

    8.      Adding new language that if a permit is denied and it is later determined that it should not have been that the applicant can recoup reasonable attorney’s fees.

    9.   Removing the absurd ban on parents being able to teach their child proper handgun safety if the child is under the age of fourteen.

    10.   Establishing a statewide verification system for law enforcement to determine if a permit is valid. There is no new database, all permits are already on file with the state and have been for years. This system merely creates a process by which law enforcement can verify the validity of a Permit to Carry. This benefits you by preventing law enforcement from having to seize your weapon if you unintentionally forget your permit.

    11. Blocking the media from collecting the private information (name, date of birth, address, etc.) of Iowa’ permit holders. Current law allows for any member of the public to request to see all of your personal information on your permit application. Under the new provision if they make the request they will only be given a yes or no answer as to whether your permit is valid and the validity dates of such a permit. The person making the request must also give their name, contact information and the reason they are making the request. This information will be kept on file in the sheriff’s office and be accessible to those who wish to inquire if someone has been asking about their permit.

    Anyone that opposes the Omnibus Gun Bill opposes all of these measures. Anyone that works against this bill is saying they are against family rights, improving Iowa’s Permit to Carry system, gun safety training for kids, stopping the mass media from publishing interactive maps to permit holders, veterans rights, legalizing suppressors and more.It makes no difference what their reasons are, if anyone opposes the Omnibus Gun Bill they’re effectively saying they’re in favor of keeping things in Iowa the way they are. Whether it’s because they want to take away your rights, or because they’re too idealistic and waiting for the perfect bill, the end result is all the same. Iowans get nothing but more of the same.Fortunately through our talks with multiple key legislators we’ve learned that all of these anti-gunners efforts have amounted to little more than a bunch of hot air. As of right now the Omnibus Gun Bill still has the votes to pass, and we’re working overtime to keep it that way.However, all of this highlights the fact that the lawmaking process is not pretty and it’s far from ideal. If you sit around waiting for our legislative system to create and pass a perfect pro-gun bill you’re going to be waiting until the end of time.The Omnibus Gun Bill is not perfect, there’s a lot of things we’d like to see added. But what is most important is that this bill improves the Second Amendment rights of Iowans and it’s capable of being passed right now.

    We cannot let the quest for perfection stand in the way of making vital improvements right now.

    P.S – It’s unfortunate that in addition to having to square off with national anti-gun groups, we now find the Omnibus Gun Bill coming under attack from deceitful forces within our own camp. It’s almost unbelievable seeing misguided gun owners working with gun grabbers to kill this bill. But at the end of the day we’re committed 100% to protecting and enhancing the Second Amendment rights of Iowans, and that means we’ll take on anyone that seeks to block our efforts.

    Whether you’re a billionaire nanny state 1%’er, or a crooked sleazy lobbyist who’s been caught bribing Iowa politicians, it makes no difference to us, we’ll continue to do what we do better than anyone else, and that’s protect and enhance the Second Amendment rights of all Iowans.


    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 13 of Iowa’s Legislative Session

    April 12, 2015
    “An armed society is a polite society.”
    -Robert Heinlein

    House Passes Omnibus Gun Bill – AGAIN
    Senate Now Gets A Do-Over

    Week 13 recap:

    Just as expected last week the Iowa House of Representatives passed the Senate File 427, with an amendment restoring the Omnibus Gun Bill, by an extremely wide margin – 73 to 25.
    Here’s the list of House members who voted FOR and AGAINST the Omnibus Gun Bill (SF427). The bill now goes back to the Senate where it needs to be scheduled and voted on by the whole Senate. A complete review of the House vote can be found on the website – IowaFC.org.

    What you need to know for week 14:

    This week the Iowa Legislature will be very busy addressing education funding issues. There are school funding deadlines this week that must be met. What this means is the Iowa House and Senate will likely be wrapped up in education issues and the odds of the Omnibus Gun Bill making any formal progress this week are slim.

    This changes nothing.

    We continue to work extremely hard both publicly and privately to get this bill the vote it deserves. We bring up this education issue so that you know exactly what is happening and aren’t caught off guard or become disheartened as the week goes on without much movement.

    What you can do right now:

     Normally we try to provide you some sort of ‘call to action’ or direction on how you can help convince the legislature to move this bill forward. This week we find ourselves in a somewhat unique situation…

    The bill has the votes to pass if/when it gets called to the Senate floor. You have done an extraordinary job of educating Iowa’s lawmakers about the Omnibus Gun Bill, it’s been impossible for them to ignore this issue.

    But this week we need to you to shift your focus away from the legislature and over to the people of Iowa. We need you to spread the word about the plight of the Omnibus Gun Bill thus far.

    Tell your friends and family about the bill and the good it does for Iowans.
    Tell them how it’s supported by the Iowa Firearms Coalition, but also the National Rifle Association, AND Iowa’s law enforcement communities.
    Tell them how it’s already passed six votes with ease – each time with Republicans AND Democrats voting in favor of it.
    But most importantly tell them how the Iowa Senate leadership has purposely ignored all of this. How a small minority of anti-gun Senators have used their positions to purposely stall the Omnibus Gun Bill, and how in the 11th hour when they could stall no longer they tried to cherry pick only the parts they wanted from the bill and then tell us it’s not their fault they did all this.

    We have the votes to pass the Omnibus Gun Bill. But regardless of whether it comes to a vote or not this message needs to get out.

    We’ve created a couple of videos to help you show the facts about this bill. Please feel free to share these with anyone who may be misinformed about the Omnibus Gun Bill. Right now, more than anything else we need the people of Iowa to know the truth about this bill and the way it’s been handled thus far in the Iowa Senate.

    Of course we’ll be emailing you if there’s any critical updates. If you’re looking for more information we’re posting regular updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as our website IowaFC.org throughout the week.


    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.

  • House Passes Omnibus Gun Bill, AGAIN. Senate To Get A Mulligan.

    April 8, 2015
    73-25 – Iowa House of Representatives Passes Omnibus Gun Bill – AGAIN!
    All Eyes Now On The Iowa Senate Leadership

    Once again the Iowa House of Representatives has proven the Omnibus Gun Bill enjoys wide support from both Republicans and Democrats. Today it passed yet another vote, this time it was 73 votes in favor to just 25 against. We’ll be sharing the breakdown of who voted for against the bill on our website as soon that information is made available.

    Senate File 427, the latest version of the Omnibus Gun Bill now goes back to the Senate. The Senate has essentially been given a do-over. They now have a very rare opportunity to pass a solid pro-Second Amendment bill for a second time this session. The entire Senate must vote on whether or not to approve of the Omnibus Gun Bill language that passed the House today. If the Senate approves it, the bill then goes to Governor Terry Branstad’s desk to be signed into law, but first thing’s first, the Senate leadership has to schedule SF427 for a vote.

    In a sense we find ourselves in familiar territory, waiting for the Senate leadership to bring a gun bill to a vote. Once again we’d caution you to take everything the media says with a grain of salt. Reports are already circulating that SF427 is all but dead. We’ve heard the media say this before, and we’ve proven them wrong – more than once. The Senate leadership has said they’d like to pass a “pro-gun” bill this session, they monkeyed around with the Omnibus Gun Bill earlier and it came back to bite them. Now they’ve been given a rare second chance to listen to the people of Iowa and live up to their word about wanting to pass a pro-gun owner bill. Time will tell what their true intentions are.

    As it stands right now the earliest the Senate could take up SF427 is next Monday. We also know that there are other non-Second Amendment issues the Senate is dealing with (most notably mandatory deadlines for education funding). Because of this we believe it may be a week and a half to two weeks before we see any public movement on the Omnibus Gun Bill.

    Do not lose sight of the fact that we still have the votes to get this bill passed. We still have support of the people of Iowa, and the support of Iowa’s law enforcement community. What we need is for the Senate leadership to take a long hard look at these facts and reflect on who they’re in Des Moines to serve, the people of Iowa or their own personal prejudices.

    For now we need you to remain patient. Our volunteer lobbyists continue to work daily to get the Omnibus Gun Bill the vote it deserves. Right now they’re telling us they need time to do their thing and as soon as it’s time to turn up the pressure on the Senate they’ll put out the signal and we’ll relay the message that it’s time to go to work. We’ve had a few bumps in the road recently, but we’re still sitting in a very good spot (this is politics after all, and things rarely ever go smoothly).

    Standby for more updates. Take all media reports about the Omnibus Gun Bill with a grain of salt. And for now stand ready to do more work when the appropriate time comes.


    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.

  • Legislative Alert: House Vote on Omnibus Gun Bill expected Wednesday

    April 7, 2015


    House Vote on Omnibus Gun Bill expected Wednesday

    IFC volunteers working within thecapitol tell us SF427 (the new Omnibus Gun Bill) is expected to be called to a vote in the Iowa House of Representatives sometime tomorrow (Wednesday).Very briefly, SF427 and its amendment appear to be our best shot at getting the Omnibus Gun Bill to Governor Terry Branstad’s desk and signed into law. Other paths to success still remain, but presently SF427 is our best option.

    As we’ve told you previously we believe the Omnibus Gun Bill should pass the House with relative ease. As long as that happens the bill then goes back to the Senate. They’ve already passed the legalizing suppressors portion of this bill, what the Senate would then have to do is approve the House’s amendment that restored the Omnibus Gun Bill language. This must be done by a vote of the entire Senate, and it’s up to Senate leadership to schedule this issue for a vote sometime between now and the end of the 2015 legislative session. They’ve said they want to pass a pro-gun bill this session, and SF427 and its amendment represent a golden opportunity for them to put their money where their mouths are.

    But before we get too far ahead of ourselves we’re focused on getting this bill through Iowa House of Representatives.You can live stream tomorrow’s House vote through the Iowa Legislature’s website. The House is slated to start work at 8:30 tomorrow morning. We’ve been told the vote should be one of the first things addressed, although the schedule is always subject to change, so be prepared for things to shift around on short notice.

    A short time ago we uploaded a new video to our YouTube account detailing why we’re pushing so hard to repeal Iowa’s current ban on supervised youth handgun training. The video was produced by one of our volunteers, and does excellent job explaining why it’s so important that we repeal this ban and allow parents to properly teach their kids gun safety. Please take a look and feel free to share it.

    We’ll have another update following tomorrow’s vote in the House. We’ll be posting updates on our Facebook and Twitter accounts throughout the day. Please feel free to join the conversation.


    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.

  • Video: Repealing Iowa’s Ban on Supervised Youth Handgun Safety Training

    April 7, 2015

     

     

     

     


    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.