• IFC’s August Update

    August 7, 2016

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    August Update
    Iowa Firearms Coalition

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    There’s less than a week until the start of the 2016 Iowa State Fair. This major event draws more than a million people to the East side of Des Moines. With approximately 100,000 people passing through their gates each day and relatively tiny number of armed security personnel the Iowa State Fair is also Iowa’s largest gun free zone, making it an area ripe for crime and victimization.

    Last week a panel of Iowa lawmakers reviewed the Iowa State Fair’s gun free zone policy, but decided to take no action to overturn the ban. Speaker after speaker testified against your right to defend yourself and to protect your loved ones. The Iowa Firearms Coalition was the only pro-Second Amendment organization to testify in favor of repealing the Iowa State Fair’s ban on the lawful carry of firearms. Our testimony is on the website, and so is a perfect example of why you should be able to carry at the Iowa State Fair.

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    The Iowa Legislature’s Administrative Rules Review Committee may have decided against taking any action but that does not mean the issue of State Fair Carry is dead. We expect to see this brought up during the 2017 legislative session. In all honesty though, unless we can flip the Iowa Senate repealing the Iowa State Fair gun ban will be tough. Not impossible, but tough. As will passing laws like Stand Your Ground, Constitutional Carry, or repealing Iowa’s ban on supervised youth handgun shooting. That’s why it’s imperative that you get involved this election cycle and do more than vote.

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    We’re working extremely hard to flip the Senate, but we need your help. Our campaign and election division, IFC-PAC, is mobilizing Iowans around the state to end the Gronstalling in the Iowa Senate and pave the way for the a legislature that is committed to protecting and enhancing the Second Amendment. When you’re ready to go to work for the Second Amendment sign-up to volunteer with IFC-PAC or make a donation to help us flip the Iowa Senate!

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    Finally, we’re very excited to announce that Jack of West Chester was the winner of our July AR15 Upgrade Giveaway. Jack won an 13” Geissele Automatics rail and ALG Defense ACT trigger for his AR15. This month we’ve partnered with Vortex Optics to giveaway their newest red-dot optic the SPARC AR. There are multiple ways to enter, and you can gain bonus entries for referring a friend. We’ll be giving away the Vortex SPARC AR at the end of this month, but every week we’re selecting a random winner and mailing them small prize from our IFC swag bag.

    Click HERE to enter.

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


    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. 

     

  • IFC’s July Update – Good News & Giveaways

    July 18, 2016

     

    IFC’s July Update

    In this update:
    Iowa Gun Control Advocates Frustrated
    Iowa Ranks Among States with Least “Gun Violence”
    IFC Sponsors State IDPA Championship
    Geissele/IFC AR15 Upgrade GIVEAWAY

    Iowa Gun Control Advocates Notably Frustrated

    Iowans –

    If you’ve ever wondered if all those emails and phone calls we ask you to send actually make a difference, wonder no more. Not only are we getting pro-Second Amendment laws passed here in Iowa, we’re blocking gun control bills and it’s making anti-gunners very frustrated. Of course, none of this is new news, but this week multiple media outlets verified what we’ve been saying for quite some time now.

    Last week a host of gun control advocates voiced their frustration over their continued failure to advance their gun control agenda in Iowa. They even owned up to the fact that they’re losing ground in our state as IFC backed bills like ATV Carry and the legalization of suppressors are signed into law.

    In short, all those emails, phone calls and campaign work you guys are doing is paying off. Not only are we passing pro-gun owner laws, we’re blocking gun control efforts in our state and it is making gun grabbers visibly frustrated.

    BUT, despite their frustrations Iowa’s gun control advocates are not slowing down. They recently outlined their gun control priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Needless to say, we cannot become complacent and we’ll need your continued commitment to block these anti-gun bills.

    We’ve posted the anti-gunners Iowa wish list on our IFC-PAC website.

    Iowa Ranks Among States with Least “Gun Violence”

    The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) brought more good news late last month. The WSJ found that Iowa ranks 9th in the country for the least amount of “gun violence.” This was noteworthy enough that the Des Moines Register even picked up on the story saying “Despite having one of the lowest rates of gun-related deaths, Iowa has one of the highest rates of gun ownership, with about one-third of adult Iowans owning a firearm.”

    Anti-gunners who endlessly preach that more guns equals more crime are continually being proven wrong by us Iowans. Keep it up!

    IFC Sponsors State IDPA Championship

    We’re proud to announce the Second Annual Iowa IDPA State Championship is in the books. IFC is a proud sponsor of this event. This years championship featured 129 of the best shooters from around the Midwest. Not only was IFC an event sponsor, our ice cream cart was a big hit in the July heat.

    Thanks to all of our volunteers who helped make this another safe and successful event. And congrats to this year’s winners!

    Geissele/IFC AR15 Upgrade GIVEAWAY

    Finally, we’re proud to announce a new giveaway for IFC followers. This month we’re giving away a 13″ Geissele rail, Geissele gas block and ALG Defense ACT trigger to a lucky IFC follower at the end of the month. It’s a small way that we can say thank you for your continued support of our efforts. Entering is easy. Just click the link and enter your email address. You can gain up to four bonus entries doing things like visiting the Geissele Automatics Facebook page, our Twitter page and so on.

    As an added bonus each week we’re be giving away a small bonus prize to our IFC followers. Congrats to Landon of Gilmore City and Jamie of Independence, our first two winners of the month.

    We’ll have more updates to come. In the meantime, thanks again 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 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. 

  • The 9-1-1 Mentality — NRA Life of Duty

    December 17, 2014

    “If someone is breaking into your house, your duty at that time is to protect your children or yourself.”
    “I’ve never met a cop said I really hope she ain’t got a gun in there. Every call I’ve ever answered you hope and pray that the innocent people involved have a way to protect themselves. And that may not be a gun. Maybe a knife it may be a rolling pin, post and pans. I mean, I’m not telling you that you have to own a gun, and you have to train with it. I’m telling you that you need to prepare yourself to be able to protect yourself.”
    Brandon — Former South Carolina SWAT Team Leader and Gang Investigator


    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.

  • Not Every Girl Depends on Men for Protection

    December 17, 2014
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    Armed women are empowered women!

    There’s a growing push by anti-gun zealots to try to connect domestic abuse and battered women to gun owners. This is just the latest in a long line of attempts to stigmatize firearms ownership and our way of life. What you won’t hear are those gun control nuts admitting that the best way to truly empower women is to encourage responsible gun ownership. There’s no denying it, firearms provide women an unparalleled ability to defend themselves from attackers of all sizes. In a life or death situation nothing else levels the playing field like a gun.

    So while anti-gunners will tell women to play dead, use their keys to scratch, or attempt to use wasp spray on their attackers, we’ll keep preaching our message: a truly empowered woman is a woman who has the tools, and the skills to defend herself from an attacker, no matter what the size.


    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.

     

     

     

  • 4 Common Myths About the NRA…Busted!

    December 12, 2014

     

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    Originally written by Daniel T. McElrath for the NRA’s Family Insights

    Myth 1: The NRA represents gun manufacturers.

    One of the most pervasive myths about NRA is that it represents firearm manufacturers. It doesn’t. It represents firearm owners. Firearm manufacturers are represented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Yes, manufacturers often contribute money to the Association or raffle/contest prizes to one of its many programs, but NRA—at its heart—is a non-profit civil rights organization. As for firearms manufacturers, their size and cash reserves are grossly overestimated by those who oppose gun rights. A firearm is an extremely durable product with a very long service life, and is a big-ticket item for most consumers, limiting sales. Unless a firearm manufacturer is also a defense or law-enforcement contractor with domestic and/or foreign government contracts, it is typically a small operation; certainly nowhere near being a Fortune 500 company.

    Myth 2: The NRA’s power rests in how much money it gives out to candidates.

    Many gun-control advocates seem to have trouble believing that someone would disagree with them on a subject like gun control and that, if someone does, it must be the result of greed. The truth is that the NRA’s power comes not from distributing cash, but from producing votes. NRA members are politically informed and engaged, and vote in extremely high numbers. Moreover, many are single-issue voters who have arrived at the understanding that their opinions on any other subject are potentially moot without the Second Amendment backing them up.

    Myth 3: The NRA’s influence is grossly disproportionate to its membership numbers.

    This miscalculation is based on the actual number of paid NRA memberships. It fails to consider the practical realities of non-profit advocacy. Not every family can afford separate memberships for each member of the family. Many households have only one “official” member, but everyone in the home reads the NRA Official Journal and supports the Association in spirit. During times of economic hardship, organization memberships are often viewed as a luxury and are voluntarily suspended by annual members until things improve. Further, when the political situation is “good” for gun owners (for example, when there is a pro-gun administration in Washington), gun owners feel safe and often allow their memberships to lapse. And, of course, some people just aren’t “joiners.” They believe in the Right to Keep and Bear Arms but, for whatever reason, don’t formally join advocacy organizations, though they vote in support of the Second Amendment. So, while NRA may have “only” 5 million members, each of those represents many like-minded folks who turn out come Election Day and cast votes in preservation of their rights.

    Myth 4: Polls show that most Americans disagree with NRA and want more gun control.

    The mainstream press often cites polls showing Americans support gun control. Don’t believe them. First of all, many of these polls are conducted immediately following highly publicized mass shootings, when people respond emotionally. Also, you have to know how the poll was conducted and how questions were posed. If asked, simply “Are you in favor of gun control?” a person on the street may say yes. However, if you pose the question “Do you favor more gun control legislation or the enforcement of existing laws?” that same person may favor the latter.

    We also must consider whether we really want Constitutional rights determined via polling. The Bill of Rights protects the individual from “the tyranny of the majority.” The Second Amendment doesn’t say “Good poll numbers being essential to good public policy, the right of the people … .” Are we forbidden from practicing a certain religion because it’s not trending well? Do we give up the right to read a good book because it’s fallen into disfavor among the majority?
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    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.