• The Gavel’s Used in the Iowa House Give Hope to Freedom Lovers

    January 14, 2015


    Iowa’s 86th General Assembly opened on Monday January 12. There’s a lot of pomp and circumstance whenever a new session begins. Lawmakers taking oaths, the Governor’s state of the state address, as well as a lot of interviews and glad handing. It’s all great, but the Iowa Firearms Coalition has discovered what may be the most overlooked, and best thing about the 2015 legislative session.

    There are multiple gavels used in the Iowa House of Representatives, and it seems they each have a different message inscribed upon them. So far this year we know of at least two different gavels being used — keep in mind as of this point we’re only in Day 3 of the 2015 legislative session. The gavels read:

    “Live free or die”

    The popular post-Revolutionary War quote, and New Hampshire state motto adorns the gavel used on the first day of the session. Attributed to General John Stark, the fact that members of Iowa’s House of Representatives adopted his words gives us hope that at least some of our lawmakers recognize and value the freedoms we enjoy.

    “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain”

    This phrase should sound familiar to all Iowans. It’s our state motto, and it adorns our state flag as well as the state seal. The phase was officially adopted by the state in 1847 and makes it clear that Iowa’s citizens place an extremely high importance on our liberties and our rights.

    Tell your legislators you expect your 2nd Amendment rights protected & enhanced in 2015 — IFC Legislative Action Center

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition, and our thousands of members have high hopes for a successful legislative session in 2015. We’re in the midst of filing several pro-2nd Amendment bills. These are pieces of potential legislation that will both protect and enhance the 2nd Amendment rights of Iowa’s 3 million residents. IFC members most definitely prize our liberties and freedoms. And everyday we work maintain our natural rights. But all too often we see legislators passing laws that slowly erode our freedoms. Seeing these mottos inscribed on the Iowa House of Representatives’ gavels gives us a glimmer of hope that at least some lawmakers in our great state still recognize that Iowan’s should be free to live their lives without burdensome laws and regulations.

    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.