• Restore the Iowa National Guard’s Ability to Carry

    July 21, 2015
    It's time to restore the Iowa National Guard's right to carry.

    It’s time to restore the Iowa National Guard’s right to carry.

     

    Use our pre-written email to urge Governor Branstad to re-arm the Iowa National Guard today

     

    After the July 16th murder of four US Marines and one sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee governors of seven states — Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin — have issued orders that members of their state’s National Guard be armed in the wake of yet another domestic terrorist attack targeting US service members.

    It’s high time Iowa’s National Guard has their ability to carry restored.

    Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has right and the ability to re-arm Iowa’s Guardsmen. Monday, July 20th, Branstad issued a statement calling for “Federal cooperation to address the issue nationally.”

    Naturally, we’d love see all US troops given the right to carry, but frankly considering the current administration’s stance towards the Second Amendment, this appears unlikely. While we can’t realistically expect a change on a national level, action can still be taken closer to home.

    Governor Branstad has asked Major General Timothy Orr of the Iowa National Guard to “assess the protection for those working at the Guard’s military facilities and recruitment sites.”

    It doesn’t take much assessment to see American troops on US soil are being specifically targeted. What’s worse, a combination of archaic out of date orders and “Gun Free Zones” prevent our nation’s warriors from being able to defend themselves here at home.

    It’s time for change, and it’s time that change starts here in Iowa.

    Carrying a firearm won’t make members of the Iowa National Guard invincible. But it will give them a fighting chance when radicals like Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, or Nidal Malik Hasan, or lunatics like Aaron Alexis start terrorizing US military bases and recruiting stations.

    Please contact Governor Terry Branstad’s office and tell him “Re-arm the Iowa National Guard. I don’t want to see what happened in Chattanooga happen in Iowa.”

    IFC’s pre-written email to the governor takes less than 60 seconds to send. Please sign and share!

     

    Governor Terry Branstad
    1007 East Grand Ave.
    Des Moines, Iowa 50319

    Phone: 515-281-5211

     


    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.

  • Review & Preview – Week 6 of Iowa’s Legislative Session

    February 23, 2015

    “That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or laborers’ cottage is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see that it stays there.”

    -George Orwell, 1941

    Week 6 recap:

    In the last week we’ve continued to make progress behind the scenes in the state legislature. Meetings with legislators are on going and we’re making solid gains on moving pro-Second Amendment legislation forward.

    Nationally, the fight against the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) and their proposed ban on popular M855 ammunition also continues. Thousands of you have already taken advantage of our free, easy to use “Email the BATFE” tool, add your voice to the conversation to help block this latest gun control scheme.

    Here in Iowa, we’ve dropped the price on our IFC lifetime memberships for a limited time ($500 now $300). This coincides with the reduced rate currently available on NRA lifetime memberships ($1,000 now $500).

    For details on how to get the reduced rate for either organization visit our website. Special thanks to Controlled Chaos Arms for sponsoring this great deal!

    What you need to know for week 7:

    Ban on M855
    The clock is ticking, tell the BATFE to drop their proposed ban on M855. They’re only accepting public comment between now and March 16thEmail the BATFE today!

    Iowa Legislature
    So far this year we’ve introduced the following pro-Second Amendment bills:

    -Stand Your Ground
    -Emergency Powers
    -Preemption Cleanup
    -Repealing the Youth Shooting Ban

    We’re also working on handful of other pro-Second Amendment bills. We’ve got a run down on the latest information on all of these bills on our 2015 Legislative Session webpage. We’re updating our site whenever there’s a change to any of these bills, so check back often.

    What you can do right now:

    Email the BATFE! Tell them to drop their proposed ban on M855.

    Email your legislators! Tell them to support pro-Second Amendment bills already introduced.

    Become a Lifetime Member. Reduced rates available for a limited time.

    Volunteer at next weekend’s Waterloo Gun Show – contact Donnie White at sixt5custom@yahoo.com for details.

     

    Fighting for your Second Amendment rights in Iowa,

    Sheena Green
    IFC Communications Director
    NRA Member


    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.

  • Review & Preview – Week 4 of Iowa’s Legislative Session

    February 8, 2015


    “Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms.”
    -James Madison

    Fellow Iowans-

    Another week in the legislature is complete. We’re continuing to see progress on pro-gun owner rights bills but we’re starting to see anti-gun opposition taking form and lining up against our bills. We need your help to overcome these anti-gunners. More details below on how to do your part.

    Week 4 recap:

    As you know we’re closely tracking gun legislation in the House and Senate. Right now four IFC backed bills are making their way through the legislature, but there are a number of groups who are actively fighting against our hard work, and trying to stop these pro-freedom bills from passing. Here’s a brief recap of who’s lobbying againstfirearms bills that would protect and enhance the Second Amendment rights of Iowans.

    Against HF45 – Emergency Powers (banning the confiscation of firearms during a state of emergency):

    • Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund

    Against HF59 – Strengthening Preemption (adding penalties for those who try to illegally preempt state firearms law):

    • Iowa State Association of Counties
    • Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund
    • Iowa League of Cities
    • League of Women Voters of Iowa

    Against HF92 – Stand Your Ground (removing the duty to retreat in areas outside of your home or place of employment):

    • Iowa Association for Justice
    • Iowa County Attorneys Association
    • Iowa Annual Conference of United Methodist Church
    • American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa
    • Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund
    • League of Women Voters of Iowa
    • Iowa Police Chiefs Association
    • Justice Reform Consortium

    Against HF99 – Repealing the Youth Shooting Ban (allowing Iowans under the age of 14 to shoot handguns with parental consent and proper supervision)

    • Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund
    • Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

    What you need to know for week 5:

    Our desire to protect and enhance our Second Amendment rights faces plenty of adversaries. We’ve made solid traction so far, but we’ll need some serious help from here on out if we want to see these bills, or any others signed into law.

    To make it as easy as possible for you we’ve just updated our Legislative Action Centerto include a brand new ‘Advocacy Campaign.’ This is a pre-written email that goes directly to the people that are supposed to be representing your interests in the capitol.

    The our latest advocacy campaign urges lawmakers to vote “Yes” on pro-gun owner bills. A wave of support from Iowa’s firearms community is needed to make sure our lawmakers know Iowan’s true feelings on Second Amendment issues.

    What you can do right now:

    Hit our newest legislator email, tell your lawmakers you want to see pro-gun owner bills signed into law this year. And just as importantly, get your family and friends involved. We face mounting opposition, and it’ll take continuous support from people like you if we want advance our cause in the legislature this year. Expect to see more updates as pro-gun owner bills work through the legislative session.

    Fighting for your Second Amendment rights in Iowa,
    Sheena Green
    IFC Communications Director
    NRA Member


    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.

  • Action Alert & 2015 Legislative Update

    December 8, 2014

    Take action now — email your legislators to let them know your stance on 2nd Amendment issues before the 2015 legislative session begins!

    Fellow Iowans:

    In just over a month Iowa’s 86th General Assembly will convene in Des Moines. Our lawmakers need to know from the very beginning that we have certain expectations. That’s why we’ve created our Legislative Action Center. It lets you find exactly who your legislators are and makes it easy for you to establish contact with them. If you’re not exactly sure how to put your thoughts into words, we offer pre-written the emails for you to send (CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION NOW). This can’t be stressed enough: making frequent contact with your legislators is one of the most effective ways to protect your rights, and the Iowa Firearms Coalition wants to make that process as easy as possible.

    On January 12th we begin a new legislative session, and with the NRA and your help we plan to chart new territory. In recent years we’ve had limited success passing pro-2nd Amendment bills. It’s not because those bills lacked strong support. On the contrary, they generally had a huge backing. But one anti-gun legislator, Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids, held a key position in the legislature, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. From there he used procedural measures to block every bill that the Iowa Firearms Coalition and the NRA supported.

    This year things are going to be different though. Rob Hogg is no longer the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He’s been replaced by Steve Sodders of State Center. Sodders is a Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputy. In recent years he’s supported some of our bills. But he’s also opposed others. Let’s make sure Steve Sodders knows full well that Iowans believe strongly in our 2nd Amendment rights and will fight any attempt to infringe on those rights.

    We’ve just activated a pre-session action titled “2nd Amendment supporter looking forward to the upcoming session” in our Legislative Action Center. This is a great tool that allows Iowans to send a strong, pro-2nd Amendment message to Iowa’s lawmakersbefore the legislative session even begins. We’ll be updating the Legislative Action Center as various bills come up during the session, and we’ll be in touch each time we do.

    Fighting for our 2nd Amendment rights,

    Sheena Green
    Communications Director
    Iowa Firearms Coalition


    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.