• Tama officials attempting to pass ILLEGAL gun ban

    November 1, 2014

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    The Tama City Council is in the process of trying to ban weapons of any kind on city property. On October 24 the council voted 4-0 to approve a ban on all weapons on city property, including concealed weapons carried by properly permitted citizens. In short they want to keep you from carrying on all city property. This includes city parks.

    Tama City Council members Steve Baier, Doug Ray, Mike Carnahan, and Kenny McAdoo all voted in favor of the ban. Crystal Kaufman did not cast a vote because she was not present when the proposed ban was brought up for its first vote. The proposed ban will be voted on again on November 3rd. Please feel free to contact Tama’s elected officials and tell them IFC has gotten wind of their proposed ban, and remind them that it is both illegal, and illogical.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition reminds the Tama City Council that bans like this are actually illegal in Iowa. Reference: Iowa Code 724.28

    This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the kind of behavior in Tama, or other parts of the state as well. According the Tama News-Herald:

    “Mayor Dan Zimmerman said the city council, in 2011, had considered much of what was adopted Monday night, but had not acted upon it then.”

    The Iowa firearms Coalition fought of many, many attempts to ban weapons on city property by anti-gun city councils around the state in the days after our Shall Issue was signed into law. Fortunately for Iowa’s permit to carry owners, this kind of behavior is specifically prohibited under Iowa.

    Even if it wasn’t illegal, you’d hope that elected officials would be smart enough to know that creating so-called “gun free zones” will not stop anyone who is intent on doing harm. It’s a sad story, but we’ve seen it time and time again. A sticker on a door, or an ordinance on the city books means nothing to lawbreakers and will do nothing to keep these types of people from hurting others. We’d hope that Tama’s elected officials would remember what happened earlier this year in Maquoketa when a mad-man with a gun completely bypassed the “Gun Free Zone” stickers on the Jackson County Courthouse and attempted to murder the county assessor.
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    The fact is proposed weapons bans such this one are illegal in Iowa. And even if they weren’t they do nothing to physically stop an individual from harming people on city property. If there is anything bans such as this do, it’s disarm citizens and take away their right and ability to protect themselves.

    Please contact Tama’s elected officials and tell them IFC has gotten wind of their proposed ban, and remind them that it is both illegal, and illogical.

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

    September 18, 2014

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    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.