• “Beat Whitey Night” Is Precisely Why The Iowa State Fair Should Allow Visitors To Carry

    August 5, 2016

    Three Police Officers Injured By Mob Violence At Iowa State Fair

    WHO-TV’s Dave Price filed the report posted above after the 2010 Iowa State Fair. A fair that gained national notoriety after a mob of more than 3o teens ran wild in and around the state fairgrounds on a night proclaimed “Beat Whitey Night.”

    The violent mob, which was apparently targeting Caucasian fair goers eventually turned its focus to the police officers dispatched to the fairgrounds to make the area safe. At various points a handful of officers were overwhelmed by the mob, three of them sustaining injuries the process. Eventually tasers and mace had to be used to disperse the angry crowd.

    Iowa’s Permit to Carry holders have long complained that they cannot legally carry firearms for the protection of themselves and their loved ones during the Iowa State Fair. Now the Iowa State Fair’s gun ban (they’re specifically exempted from Iowa’s preemption law) is coming under review by the Iowa legislature.

    “There are no immediate plans by the legislative panel to consider the Fair Board rules one way or another, said Sen. Wally Horn, D-Cedar Rapids.”

    On August 5th a panel of lawmakers decided against changing the ban for 2016, BUT that doesn’t mean this issue is dead. Iowa’s 2017 legislative session will likely see the issue of State Fair Carry introduced as a bill intended to supersede the current law and repeal the Iowa State Fair’s ban on lawful carry.

    As word spread about the growing push to legalize carry at the Iowa State Fair our Iowa Firearms Coalition members began voicing reasons for why they, as trained & law-abiding citizens, should be able to exercise their Right to Keep and Bear Arms during the fair, just as they do at every county fair throughout the State of Iowa. Here’s a few of their comments:

    Unless they can assign me my very own security detail, which they can’t, they need to allow me to defend myself. I’ve said it for years!
    -Kina W.

    We have a booth at the fair, and for the most part have a lot of fun with no issues… But we walk in and out with a lot of cash everyday and no way to defend ourselves while moving around in and out
    -Scott C.

    Kinda ironic the fair board allows guns on the grounds every other month for the local gun shows….
    -Jan S.

    why is my life worth any less at the fairgrounds?
    -Michael W.

    Is free speech banned there? Or are certain religious groups or ethnicities not allowed there? If those constitutional rights aren’t banned at The Fair, then why should the right to bear arms?
    -Nate S.

     

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition has taken the lead on this issue testifying against the current Iowa State Fair ban at the August 5th review of the law. IFC will continue to push this issue along with other pro-Second Amendment bills in the 2017 legislative session. For updates on State Fair Carry and other Second Amendment issues in Iowa sign up for IFC’s email updates.


    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. 

  • FBI Data Confirms: More Guns DO NOT Mean More Crime

    November 12, 2014

     

    FBI Data

    Dr. John R. Lott, Jr., and the folks at the Crime Prevention Research Center just released their latest findings that indicate an important trend. Murder rates in the United States have been falling steadily for the last several years, based on the latest numbers from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report. Meantime, the number of Americans with Concealed Carry Permits, and gun purchases have risen very dramatically over the same period of time.

    Keep in mind it’s impossible to say that increased gun sales and concealed carry permits is the exact cause of this drop in crime. But we can say without a doubt that more guns being sold, and more Americans carrying concealed DOES NOT LEAD TO MORE MURDERS.

    Remember this the next time you see the “gunsense crowd” droning on about blood in the streets and how critical things are the United States. Tell them they’re much safer in the US than they were 20 years ago.

    The facts are:

    • Gun sales have been on the rise for years
    • Concealed Carry Permit holders are dramatically increasing in number
    • The number of murders have fallen dramatically (down approximately 40% since 1994)
    • The violent crime rate has been cut in half (down 49% since 1994)

     

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  • Infographic – Firearm usage by private citizens

    August 12, 2014

    Fellow gun rights enthusiasts

    Click the thumbnail below, it’s one of the better infographics we’ve seen. There’s a ton of great information here, and we hope you find it useful.

    We’re big fans of infographics like this, but here at Iowa Firearms Coalition we believe there’s a lot more to being good 2nd Amendment advocates than just posting memes and graphics all day. That’s why we encourage you to click around our new and improved website. Sign up for our email list, become a member, and join the fight. In just the last week our members have been busy fending off Michael Bloomberg’s paid cronies, and we’re sending a strong message to Bruce Braley that Iowans, like millions of other freedom loving Americans, oppose any new gun control measures.

    Expect to see more from IFC as we move into election season, and we hope you’ll join us in the fight to protect and expand our 2nd Amendment rights!

     

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