• English Prof. in IA Stops Stereotyping Gun Owners After Talking to… Gun Owners

    May 6, 2016

     

    Drake University professor Carol Spaulding-Kruse openly admits she doesn’t like guns. It’s not that she’s indifferent about firearms or just doesn’t care for them, Ms. Spaulding-Kruse in her own words claims “I really don’t like guns.” This English professor dislikes guns and gun owners so much that just the act of picking up the phone and calling a shooting instructor made her heart pound.

    In a May 6th, 2016 Op/Ed printed in the Des Moines Register, Ms. Spaulding-Kruse makes her disdain for guns very clear. She also admits to something the majority of our members and followers are well aware of. Ms. Spaulding-Kruse, an anti-gun English professor from Drake University, owns up to the fact that she stereotypes gun owners. She doesn’t go into detail of what her gun owner stereotype consists of, but we know from experience that gun control advocates work hard to portray gun owners as uneducated, abusive, and racist Caucasians who are liable to snap at any moment.

    Admitting to the fact that she stereotypes gun owners is a rare thing, but Ms. Spaulding-Kruse goes one step further. As part of her classwork the professor has Drake freshman engage in dialog on a controversial issues. To her credit Ms. Spaulding-Kruse nervously called up a firearms instructor to learn more about gun ownership, shooting, and Second Amendment issues. What is not surprising (for us, at least) is that she was treated with extreme kindness.

    The professor writes this about what she discovered, “The woman on the other end of the line turned out to be so helpful I brought my entire class out to the Butch Olafson Shooting Range in Polk City, where she and her husband gave us a lesson (my very first) in shooting 9-mm and 22-mm handguns. A few days later, the couple came to campus to share their views on firearms and gun safety with us.”

    To any anti-gun folks reading this (yes, we know you read this), despite what you may have read on your favorite #GunSense or #MomsDemandAction social media hashtag de jour, these types of pleasant and friendly firearms enthusiasts do indeed exist. In fact the overwhelming majority of gun owners a fine upstanding individuals, all you have to do is drop your prejudices and give them a chance to show you.

    Even though this English professor still claims to not like guns, even after learning the basics of shooting, she does admit that she no longer stereotypes gun owners. Not ideal, but it is progress. And it’s something we hear of often. If people are willing to be open-minded and try shooting or even just talking to gun owners they often walk away with a vastly different take on the Second Amendment and those of us who believe so strongly in it.

    To that end, we as gun owners need to do our part to win over anyone willing to hear us out. That means being open and friendly to those who may not necessarily share our exact views on freedom, gun ownership and self-defense.

    It’s easy to fall into a “MOLON LABE!” or “FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS!” mindset, especially on social media. And while it’s important that we maintain and defend our values we must also find ways to welcome new and curious individuals to our cause. Taking someone shooting for the first time, or even just talking about our right to keep and bear arms are incredible ways to grow our ranks. Converting open-minded people to our point of view is how we insure that we’ll continue to enjoy our God-given right to keep and bear arms well into the future. This happens one person at a time, and one conversation at a time. But before that process can begin those non-gun owners have to feel comfortable approaching us. And more often than not that process begins by being open and approachable.

    Major kudos to the instructor at the Butch Olafson Range who took that phone call from a very nervous English professor. And kudos to Ms. Spaulding-Kruse for owning up to and overcoming your fear, as well as moving past your preconceived stereotype of gun owners. You still may not like guns, but if you ever want to go shooting again look us up. We’re happy to continue your education on shooting sports and gun ownership.


    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. 

  • Designated Marksman Challenge – Spring 2016

    May 3, 2016

    Designated Marksman Challenge!

    Despite pouring rain more than a dozen hardcore souls hit the Colfax range last Saturday. Shooters were tested by a variety of non-traditional shots (and wet weather).

    All in all, it was a great event. The Iowa Firearms Coalition will be sponsoring another Designated Marksman Challenge on October 8th

     

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    Details:

    Shooters will be broken up into groups and cycled through each stage.
    Shooters will get into position and make ready
    A horn will sound and shooters will have 2 minutes to locate and shoot each target for the stage
    Targets will be marked with a Color and number
    Hit or miss, scoring
    Horn will sound at 2 minutes
    Shooter will empty and show clear

    We will rotate through shooters and stages until everyone is done.

    All 3 rifle stages and the pistol stage will be hot at the same time.

    We’re shooting mostly 5″ circles, so the accuracy challenge isn’t too high. But your positions will be unfamiliar to most and your working against a clock.

    Dates are April 30th and October 8th
    Match starts at 9AM at the colfax Range
    946 W 120th St S, Colfax, IA 50054
    $15 entry fee

    What You’ll need:
    Centerfire Rifle, speed limit of 3100FPS
    30 rounds of Ammo for the 3 rifle stages
    Centerfire Pistol w/extra mags
    Holster and Mag pouch
    30+ rounds Pistol ammo
    Eye and ear protection


    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. 

  • Legislative update week 16 – Sine Die

    May 1, 2016
    Legislative update week 16
    Sine Die

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    Friday night the state legislature adjourned “sine die” for 2016. This means lawmakers have closed out this year’s legislative session and have no plans to meet again until 2017. The Senate chose not to allow a vote on the Privacy Protection Act, and killed that bill like they have so many other pro-gun owner bills in the last 6 years. As we’ve pointed out before, this bill, HF2314, would benefit more than a quarter million Iowans. It is also endorsed by Iowa law enforcement, and it passed the House by an astounding 97 to 1 vote. Yet despite all this, the Democrats in control of the Senate said the bill “needed fixing” and refused to allow a vote on this bill. This course of action is something we Iowans are unfortunately way too familiar with.

    Despite this, the Iowa Firearms Coalition and our allies were able to secure two noteworthy victories this year. We legalized suppressors and legalized ATV carry. This is more progress on the pro-Second Amendment front than has been made in the last 6 years. We’re proud to be able to reclaim a bit of liberty and we’re proud to have led the charge for these pro-freedom bills. But our work is FAR from over.

    If you’re satisfied with the way Senate Democrats have deliberately mishandled pro-Second Amendment bills, continue doing nothing. But if you’re like us, frustrated with the fact that we have to fight tooth and nail for every for pro-gun owner bill, then we need you to stay active. We’re facing a major election season, and we’re poised to flip the Senate and shake up the Iowa legislature. Now that the session is over, we’re not slowing down. We’ll soon be rolling out specific plans, easy things we all can do, that’ll help us flip the Senate and greatly improve the odds for pro-gun owner legislation in the Iowa legislature. But know this, we’ll only be successful if we can build a ground swell of active supporters. That means doing more than just casting a ballot in early November.

    If we fail you can expect to see the same anti-gunners running the Iowa Senate in 2017 and 2018. If you want to see change, you need to do your part to bring it about. We’re working hard on our end, but our success is directly tied to your involvement. Our active followers are a tremendous resource during the legislative session, now we hope to continue to harness your energy for the upcoming campaign season.

    We sincerely thank you for supporting the Iowa Firearms Coalition. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without your support. There’s a reason why IFC is the most respected Second Amendment organization in Iowa, and that reason is the thousands of you who keep close tabs on Iowa’s elected officials. Now we just need you to keep up the momentum and help us make some much needed changes in the legislature.

    Thank you so much. More updates to come!


    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. 

  • Legislative update week 14

    April 17, 2016


    Legislative update week 14

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    The 2016 legislative session will be over very soon. Some legislators are predicting the session could be complete as soon as Friday. Lawmakers’ per diem payments end Tuesday, and it’s an election year. So you can bet they want to get this session wrapped up and get home as quickly as possible.

    We need to you to make it clear that they have unfinished business in the Senate. HF2314, the Privacy Protection Act, is fully eligible for a vote in the full Senate. This bill protects hundreds of thousands of Iowans who have a Permit to Carry or Permit to Acquire from having their personal information collected and broadcast worldwide. This has happened before here in Iowa, and it’s had very real consequences for a number of our members. We’ve been working for the last two years to get this law changed. This year we’ve pushed this bill farther than ever before. But the clock is ticking on the 2016 session, and we need all the help we can to make this meaningful bill unavoidable for the Senate in the final days of the 2016 legislative session.

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    Finally, thanks to the hundreds of you who joined us yesterday at the American Suppressor Association’s suppressor rally in Searsboro. The event featured the biggest suppressor manufacturers, free ammo and plenty of cans to try out. We joined the ASA, the National Rifle Association and the folks from Brownell’s for this great event.

    We were proud to accept the American Suppressor Association’s 2016 Partnership Award on behalf of all of you who helped us legalize suppressors in Iowa. We’re extremely proud to have you all on our team. You can read our After Action Report from the suppressor rally on the website.

    Thank you for your continued support of the Iowa Firearms Coalition. More updates to come!


    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. 

  • Suppressor Rally – After Action Report

    April 17, 2016

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    Yesterday was the kind of day that makes me proud to be a part of the Iowa Firearms Coalition.

    Starting at 10 AM this past Saturday morning, hundreds of people from all over the state flocked to Brownells’ Big Springs Range in Searsboro to attend the American Suppressor Association’s suppressor shoot. ASA, in conjunction with Brownells, held the event to celebrate the recent passage of HF2279, the Hearing Protection Act, and to educate Iowans about suppressors, their use, and the process of obtaining them.

    Staffed by representatives of over half a dozen suppressor manufacturers from all over the country and a few local dealers, those who came were treated to free ammo to fire through a wide assortment of suppressed firearms, ranging from bolt action .338 Lapua Magnums to Kriss Vectors, from Ruger MkIIIs and 1911s to Uzis and ARs. It was a veritable gun cornucopia, all stocked with the finest cans the market has to offer.

    On hand to greet and talk to people were IFC board member and NRA VP Pete Brownell and his father Frank, Brownells’ communications director Ryan Repp and his cohort Roy Hill, the intrepid leaders of the ASA Knox and Michael Williams, and of course, several members of the IFC board and executive committee, including fellow lobbyist Richard Rogers. Representative Matt Windschitl (R-H17), the champion of Second Amendment virtues in the Iowa Legislature, was there with his wife and kids as well.

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    As I walked around chatting with Iowans who drove anywhere from just ten minutes to come, to three hours from the farthest reaches of the state, just to see, shoot and learn about suppressors, I was struck by just how large of a positive impact we’ve made on gun owning Iowans. It’s easy to lose track of this in the daily grind at the Capitol, after all the meetings and phone calls and e-mails. But everywhere I looked I saw the smiling faces of good folks enjoying the fellowship of other gun owners and their families, and it more than reminded me why we do what we do.

    In a private moment away from the crowds, I stood with Matt Windschitl and I asked him how it felt to witness the result of all his hard work. His reply? “*Our* hard work, you mean.”

    Our hard work indeed.

    In appreciation of that hard work, ASA saw fit to honor you and IFC with their 2016 Partnership Award, to recognize your excellence in suppressor advocacy. Attached are some pictures of that award. As you look at them, remember: The award is *yours*. I only received it on your behalf because we couldn’t fit the thousands of you up on that flat-bed trailer.

    Everyone, thank you SO much for everything you do. The session isn’t even over yet, and we’ve already chalked up two more in the win column. IFC would be absolutely nowhere without all your e-mails and your phone calls to legislators, and of course, all your memberships, donations and ongoing moral and volunteer support.

    You all truly define the meaning of “group effort” and “teamwork” and it’s one of the most amazing and heartwarming things to witness and be part of. With a dash of luck hopefully I’ll be able to report still another win or two before this session is over…And if and when that happens, whether it’s this year or next year or in the years ahead, take pride in knowing that you’re part of a statewide coalition of thousands people who all know that freedom starts right here at home, and they all have your back to protect it.

    Thanks again for all you do, everyone. It is an honor to work with you and for you.

    All hands to the middle,
    Barry
    IFC President

     


    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. 

  • Legislative update week 13

    April 10, 2016


    Legislative update week 13

    Iowans-More positive news to report on the pro-gun owner front in the Iowa legislature. This week House File 2283, the ATV Carry Act, was signed into law by Governor Terry Brandstad. HF2283 will go into effect on July 1st. On that date all Permit to Carry holders will be legally allowed to carry handguns while riding ATVs, snowmobiles and other unlicensed vehicles.

    This session we’ve been able to improve Iowa gun laws in two meaningful ways, legalizing suppressors and ATV carry. But there’s still an opportunity to score a third win, one that’s truly significant and impacts every single Permit to Carry holder in Iowa. The Privacy Protection Act, HF 2314, is waiting on a vote on the Senate floor. It’s already passed the House 97 to 1, it’s passed the Senate Judiciary Committee process, and it’s just waiting to be called up for a vote.

    If signed into law the Privacy Protection Act would put an end to the media and others having unrestricted access to the personal information on your Permit to Carry or Permit to Acquire. As you may recall this is a very real problem, as mass media in Iowa have published the personal information of thousands of law-abiding permit holders, and unless we pass this bill we have no reason to believe they’ll stop this irresponsible practice in the future.

    There’s a problem though, Senate Democrats are trying to “improve” the Privacy Protection Act by amendment, but what they’re actually doing is watering down this bill and trying to insert unnecessary and unprecedented measures.

    We need your help to put a stop to this meddling. Use our Advocacy Campaign tool to send a pre-written email to your Senator telling them to pass HF2314 as written. Once you’ve done that, we need you to tell other permit holders about this situation and press them into action.

    Also, we’ve got a machine gun shoot scheduled for June 10th, 11th & 12th at SureShot Range in Mt. Auburn. Mark your calendars, this is an opportunity that doesn’t come around very often!

    Finally, don’t forget, IFC life memberships are on sale through May 1st. $500 marked down to $300. Visit membership.iowafc.org/ to support the Iowa Firearms Coalition and become a member. If you can’t afford a life membership you can always become an annual member for $35. Use the coupon code “Suppressors2016” to receive your life membership discount. NOTE: if you’re a current IFC member looking to upgrade to a life membership email us at “membership@iowafc.org” to apply your coupon code.

    More updates to come. Thank you for supporting the Iowa Firearms Coalition!


    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. 

  • Iowa gun legislation update – Week 11

    March 27, 2016
    Legislative update week 11

    Happy Easter Iowans!

    You’ve probably heard by now, but just days ago the House of Representatives approved a Senate amendment to the Hearing Protection Act. As we’ve mentioned previously this amendment was merely grammatical and the intent of HF2279 remains intact. This means the Hearing Protection Act awaiting Governor Branstad’s signature and is scheduled to be signed into law this week!

    Last week the House also approved a Senate amendment to the ATV Carry Act. This bill was pared down significantly by Senate Democrats. While the Iowa Firearms Coalition opposed the Senate’s amendment from the very beginning the legislature opted to move forward on their own.

    This bill is not ideal, we recognize that, but it is a significant step forward. When this bill is signed into law (and we do expect that to happen) Iowans with a Permit to Carry will finally be allowed to carry pistols and revolvers when riding ATVs, snowmobiles and other unlicensed vehicles. Is this amended bill perfect? No. But it makes things better than what they were for tens of thousands of Iowans, and that’s real, tangible progress.

    For more about what the amended version of the HF2283 does and does not do, visit our page about the 2016 ATV Carry Act.

    Also, don’t forget, the Privacy Protection Act, HF2314, is still in play in the Senate. This bill is arguably the most important gun owner bill that has made it through the committee process. HF2314 would serve more than a quarter million Iowans who have either a Permit to Carry or Permit to Aqcuire by making their personal information private from mass media. There is a problem though, Senate Democrats have once again attached an amendment in an effort to stymie this bill. The Senate has yet to vote on the Privacy Protection Act. If HF2314 is brough to the Senate floor for debate and a vote you can count on us to give you a heads up.

    Don’t forget, IFC life memberships are on sale through May 1st. $500 marked down to $300. Visit membership.iowafc.org/ to support the Iowa Firearms Coalition and become a member. If you can’t afford a life membership you can always become an annual member for $35. Use the coupon code “Suppressors2016” to receive your life membership discount. NOTE: if you’re a current IFC member looking to upgrade to a life membership email us at “membership@iowafc.org” to apply your coupon code.

    Thank you for your support of the Iowa Firearms Coalition! More updates to come!


    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. 

  • Votes on Hearing Protection & ATV Carry Acts scheduled for Tuesday

    March 21, 2016

    Votes on Hearing Protection & ATV Carry Acts scheduled for Tuesday

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    It appears Tuesday will be another big day for Second Amendment advocates in Iowa. The House is tentatively scheduled to vote on the Hearing Protection Act and the Senate is tentatively scheduled to vote on the ATV Carry Act. We say tentatively, because as we saw last week, the legislative calendar is not set in stone.

    We fully expect the House to pass the Hearing Protection Act putting us one step away from legalizing suppressors in Iowa. ATV Carry Act and the Senate, well that’s not quite as clear-cut. Remember, this bill passed the House 78 to 20 and is unopposed by any official group of ATV riders, snowmobilers, or off-road vehicle clubs. Yet despite these irrefutable facts many Senate Democrats have got it in their heads that they should rewrite this bill and gut its original intent. They’re playing politics and attempting to add a poison amendment. There could be some real fireworks on the Senate floor when HF2283 is up for debate.

    For those of you who are able to watch, here’s the link to live stream the Senate debate and vote on the ATV Carry Act – HF2283.

    You can also follow this link to live stream the House debate and vote on the Hearing Protection Act’s (HF2279) amendment.

    As always, there will be more updates to come. Don’t forget we’ll be updating our Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the day tomorrow with news from the capitol.

    Thank you for your continued support of the Iowa Firearms Coalition!


    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. 

  • Legislative update week 9

    March 13, 2016

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    Week 9 in the Iowa legislature, the second funnel week of 2016, was full of ups and downs.

    Good news first:
    There are three pro-gun owner bills eligible for votes in the full Senate. This is a monumental achievement considering the lay of the land in the legislature. The Hearing Protection Act, ATV Carry Act and Privacy Protection Act all passed out of committee and are now eligible for votes in the Senate. This has exceeded many people’s expectations, but we’re not through yet.

    Few people know it, but the ATV Carry Act was essentially dead on arrival in the Senate’s Natural Resources committee. Democrats there were deadset against it and planned to kill it on the calendar. But thanks to a lot of hard work and some savvy maneuvering IFC’s volunteer lobbyists managed to get the ATV Carry Act not only a subcommittee vote, but a committee vote as well. The ATV Carry Act passed both of these votes and is now eligible for a full vote in the Senate.

    The bad news:
    The Youth Shooting & Parental Rights Act and the Emergency Protection Act were both killed by Senate Democrats inaction. Both bills had wide bipartisan support, and would have benefitted families and gun owners in Iowa, but the Senate chose to play politics once again and kill these bills without even voting on them.

    Now, you should also know that the ATV Carry Act passed its committee vote 12 to 1, but an amendment that severely guts the original intent of the bill was tacked on. The same goes for the Permit Privacy Act. This bill passed its committee vote 8 to 4 with an amendment that fundamentally changes the concept of the bill. This amendment was so egregious that the only ones to vote for it were the Democrats on the judiciary committee. Keep in mind this bill passed the House 97 to 1, and Iowa’s law enforcement groups all endorsed this bill as written. There’s no reason for Senate Democrats to thumb their noses at Iowa’s police officers and their colleagues in the House.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition strongly opposes both of these amendments. We’ve got an explanation of the amendments and why we oppose them on IowaFC.org.

    We’ve also activated a brand new Advocacy Campaign telling the Senate to stop monkeying around this year’s gun bills. Please use this tool to email your Senator, once you’re done please send this to a few friends and encourage them to do the same.

    There is good news though:
    The amendments put on the ATV Carry Act and the Privacy Protection Act are not set in stone. They must be approved by the entire Senate before they can truly alter the bills. We expect a real slugfest if/when these bills are brought to the floor of the Senate. Our volunteer lobbyists are working extremely hard to lockup votes for our side, but we need your help. Get in contact with your senator early and often. Magnify your efforts by getting a few friends to contact their Senators. Send them the link to our Advocacy Campaign and fill them in on why these amendments are no good.

    Finally, even if the Senate ramrods these amendments through they have to be approved by the House of Representatives, which is a tall order considering the strong bipartisan support these bills enjoy in the House.

    So, to be clear, the optimal outcome is for these amendments to fail on the Senate floor. But if that doesn’t happen, we’re not out of the game. Not by a long shot.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition is leading the way and fighting these amendments tooth and nail, but we need you to do your part.

    More updates to come. Keep pushing Iowans, your efforts are making a difference!


    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. 

  • IA Senate Democrats Change Bipartisan Gun Bills

    March 12, 2016

    Breaking down the recent Senate amendments

    The Senate Judiciary and Natural Resources committees recently approved the ATV Carry Act and Privacy Protection Act. These two bills, and the Hearing Protection Act, are now eligible for a vote before the full Senate. But there’s a very large asterisk next to the ATV Carry Act and the Privacy Protection Act. Both bills were passed out of committee with an amendment, and in both cases the amendments greatly undermine the original intent of the bills. Rather than drum up a bunch of incendiary rhetoric we’ll simply lay out the amendments, a few facts about the bills and why the Iowa Firearms Coalition opposes these measures. Then you can decide for yourself whether or not the Senate Democrats were right to start monkeying with these bills. We hope that this will help you as you contact your legislators about these bills, and help you convince your friends and family to do the same.

    CLICK HERE to send an email to your Senator telling them to VOTE NO on these amendments!

    ATV Carry Act

    This bill was designed to allow Iowans to carry their firearms on ATVs, snowmobiles, and other off-highway vehicles in the same way they are allowed to carry their firearms in cars, tractors, or motorcycles. Under current Iowa law you’re committing a crime if you carry a firearm on ATV, snowmobile, etc., in any way other than unloaded and in a case. Even if you have a valid Permit to Carry.

    House File 2283, the ATV Carry Act, passed the Iowa House of Representatives 78 to 20 on February 23rd. When the Senate Natural Resources Committee got a hold of it they promptly amended this bill. Their originally proposed amendment does the following:

    -Makes the bill only apply to pistols and revolvers (long guns must still be kept unloaded and cased)
    -Requires the use of a “retention holster” (but does not define what a retention holster is)
    -Removes a provision that allows landowners to carry on an ATV or snowmobile without a Permit to Carry, so long as they remain on property they own or possess
    -Inserts a prohibition on shooting from an ATV or snowmobile under any circumstances (the original House version prohibited shooting from the vehicles while “hunting or attempting to hunt”)

    In our testimony to the Senate Natural Resources subcommittee, IFC voiced strong opposition to these unnecessary changes to the House approved language of the bill. We were able to convince the subcommittee members to reinsert the provision allowing persons to carry unrestricted on their own property. This is a vital correction, as it is anticipated that rural landowners will be the primary beneficiaries of this legislative reform.

    When HF2283 came before the full Natural Resources Committee, Senator Ken Rozenboom (R-Oskaloosa), offered an amendment that effected the changes listed above, but with the corrective language regarding private property. In addition, Sen. Rozenboom included a provision that would allow Iowans to carry loaded and uncased long guns when operating their vehicles on land they own or possess. In making the case for this provision, the Senator used the example of a cattleman who might come upon a coyote attacking a calf and needing immediate access to his firearm. (IFC has not yet seen the language of this amendment, but we believe this explanation to be accurate.) The amendment was approved without objection by the full committee, which then approved the bill with only Sen. Bolkcom (D-Iowa City) voting in opposition.
    Though the amendment was improved in committee, it raises immediate questions: What constitutes a “retention holster?” Aren’t all holsters considered retention devices? They’re designed hold our weapon in a safe way, right? Who get’s to define what is and is not a “retention holster?” These are all valid questions that the Senate Democrats have left unanswered, and that’s a very big problem. Then there’s the fact that this amendment only applies to handguns.

    CLICK HERE to send an email to your Senator telling them to VOTE NO on these amendments!

    Privacy Protection Act

    This bill does a number of things, but most notably it makes it so that permit holders in Iowa can keep their private information (name, date of birth, address, etc.) private. Right now anyone can request the private information of all 250,000+ permit holders in Iowa. This is a problem when the media in Iowa collect all this information and publish or broadcast this information for no other reason than because they can. This bill, House File 2314, would curtail that, but it also cleans up and solidifies a handful of questionable provisions in Iowa’s Permit to Carry law that was passed in 2010.

    The amendment to this bill, passed by the Democrats on the Senate’s Judiciary Committee does the following:

    -Requires a proficiency test for all future Permit to Carry applicants (range test would be mandatory)
    -Eliminates the option of online training for a Permit to Carry
    -Institutes a “loser pays” system for permit denials & suspensions (if you’re denied a permit, appeal the ruling, and a judge rules in your favor your sheriff will have to pay your legal fees)

    There are several things to consider on this amendment. First off, the loser pays system is a provision that IFC supports. But outside of that the rest of this amendment leads to a lot of questions Senators would prefer you didn’t ask. Questions like: what other rights do we as Iowans enjoy that require a proficiency test? Do you need to pass a test to go to your place of worship? No. Do you need to pass a test before you can speak publicly? No. Do you need to prove your ability before you can go vote? Nope. Now, we might joke on occasion about ‘low information voters’ from time to time, but the fact is there’s no specific level proficiency you must prove before you can vote. Can you imagine the fit the Senate would throw if a bill was put forward requiring a proficiency test for voters? It would be epic. So considering all this ask yourself, why should your right to keep and bear arms be any different? Take it one step further and ask yourself when has a private citizen in Iowa ever been required by state law to pass a proficiency test to exercise their Second Amendment right? The answer is never.

    Fundamental issues with the proficiency tests aside, this amendment would severely limit Iowans’ ability to obtain quality instruction. This is because there is currently a very distinct shortage of public shooting areas in the State of Iowa, which means if this amendment were passed the only instructors that would be allowed to teach Permit to Carry classes would be those who have access to a range. In addition, this amendment blocks a citizen’s ability to take a classroom Permit to Carry class with one instructor and take a proficiency test at a range with a separate instructor. In short, this amendment would severely cut into Iowans’ gun safety training options. Make no mistake, the Iowa Firearms Coalition encourages in the strongest possible terms that all Iowans to seek out high quality firearms training. But private citizens should be free to seek out training as they see fit, not be forced into an arbitrary set of demands established by a handful of non-carrying, non-gun owning legislators.

    Don’t lose sight of the voting record on this bill either. On February 23rd, this bill sailed through the Iowa House of Representatives 97 to 1. Republicans, Democrats, urban legislators, rural legislators, everyone but one stick in the mud in the House voted for this bill. On top of that, the lone representative who voted no on this bill didn’t even feel strongly enough about it to get up and speak in opposition. Not a single word of opposition about this bill was spoken! So what’s changed between then and now? One thing, the bill now resides in the Senate chambers, and for some reason those in power in the Senate Judiciary Committee feel the need to meddle.

    As if that meddling was not bad enough, we’d like to remind you of one final fact. Iowa’s law enforcement groups have all registered in favor of this bill as written. The Iowa Police Chiefs Association, Iowa Peace Officers Association, Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association, all of these organizations representing law enforcement all throughout our state have endorsed the bill as written. The men and women who are sworn to keep us safe believe in this bill, and yet for some reason the Senate Democrats seem to think know how to protect Iowans better that Iowa’s law enforcement officers…

    Draw your own conclusions about these amendments, but make sure you know the facts. And when you hear someone telling you these amendments “strengthen these bills” make sure they know the facts as well.

    CLICK HERE to send an email to your Senator telling them to VOTE NO on these amendments!


    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.