• Branstad expected to sign HF517 this week!

    April 9, 2017

    Branstad expected to sign HF517 this week!

    Iowans-

    We’ve cleared all the legislative hurdles. Passed all the subcommittees, committees and floor votes. Now the biggest pro-Second Amendment bill in the history of our state is one signature away from being law.

    Following an epic set of closing comments from Rep. Matt Windchitl the Iowa House of Representatives passed House File 517 for the final time, concurring with the Senate and sending HF517 to Governor Terry Branstad. Governor Branstad’s office has indicated he plans to sign the bill into law this week.

    Once the bill is signed by the governor two provisions, Permit Privacy and Supervised Youth Handgun Training, will be effective immediately. The rest, Stand Your Ground, SBRs/SBSs, Emergency Powers, and so on, will go into effect on July 1st.
    Windschitl: “Iowa gun owners are being lied to”

    Representative Windschitl’s closing remarks on House File 517 have caused quite a stir throughout the state. Windschitl called out the Iowa Gun Owners (IGO) group for lying to thousands of Iowans. Windschitl noted that despite their claims of being the driving force behind HF517, Iowa Gun Owners and their leaders never once spoke up about HF517, Stand Your Ground or any other provision of HF517 during the multiple subcommittees and public comment periods. IGO never registered as an organization in favor of the gun bill (here’s the list of everyone who actually declared for or against HF517) and most shockingly IGO isn’t even registered as a lobbying organization in the State of Iowa.  We’ve uploaded Rep. Windschitl’s comments to our YouTube page.Windschitl’s epic closing comments caused enough stir that KCRG‘s Forrest Saunders did some digging and found even more concerning information on the Iowa Gun Owners organization.Tax documents from 2014 show Iowa Gun Owners made more than $293,000– mostly from grants and contributions. All but about $13,000 was spent. The majority of the money went to list email fees, direct mail fees and postage.
    There was no compensation listed for any employees, including Director Dorr, despite claiming he works 70 hours per week.
    KCRG-TV9 asked Dorr about the amount of time he works for the group without payment. He called the question “hostile” and declined to answer, except through email.
    Word is getting out about who’s actually fighting for your rights in Des Moines and who’s continually blowing hot air. Please keep spreading the word about the Iowa Firearms Coalition!Suppressor Giveaway
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    If you’re an active IFC member you’re automatically entered to win. It doesn’t matter if you’re a life member, annual member, long-time member or brand new member. You don’t need to do anything, as long as you’re an active IFC member you’re automatically entered to win.

    If you’re not an IFC member, now would be a very good time to join. We’ll announce the winner Saturday, April 29th, so if you’re not a member yet you’ve still got a chance to join up and win.

    Annual IFC Memberships are $35 a year. We also have IFC Life Memberships available and for a short time we’re running special on life memberships. Our normal $600 life membership rate has been temporarily reduced to $400 if you sign up online and use the Coupon Code: LIFE.

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

  • Who Voted For & Against HF517 – The Biggest Gun Bill in Iowa History

    April 5, 2017

     

    The Iowa Senate has officially passed the largest pro-gun bill in state history. House File 517, also known as the Omnibus Gun Bill, passed the Senate by a 33-17 margin on Tuesday, April 4th. The bill had an amendment, you can read it here, which means it’ll go back to the House for a concurance vote (which we expect it to pass easily) before going to Governor Branstad’s desk.

    The following Senators not only voted Yes on HF517, they also stood and testified in favor of the bill, often countering outrageous claims made by opponents of HF517. We encourage you to reach out to all the Senators who voted yes on HF517, but these seven most certainly deserve thanks.

    Dan Dawson – dan.dawson@legis.iowa.gov
    Jeff Edler – jeff.edler@legis.iowa.gov
    Julian Garret – julian.garrett@legis.iowa.gov
    Jerry Behn – jerry.behn@legis.iowa.gov
    Mark Chelgren – mark.chelgren@legis.iowa.gov
    Brad Zaun – brad.zaun@legis.iowa.gov
    Jake Chapman – jake.chapman@legis.iowa.gov

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    Also of note, HF517 passed with bi-partisan support. Republicans who have traditionally been strong supporters of Second Amendment rights were able pull four Democrats into the Yes column. This is significant and the Iowa Firearms Coalition commends these four for listening to the constituents and voting their district. Please take a moment to send them an email thanking them for their Yes vote on HF517.

    Chaz Allen – chaz.allen@legis.iowa.gov
    Tod Bowman – tod.bowman@legis.iowa.gov
    Wally Horn – wally.horn@legis.iowa.gov
    Rich Taylor – rich.taylor@legis.iowa.gov

    Remember, all session long legislators get bombarded with emails and phone calls from people demanding that they do this or that. Very rarely does a lawmaker ever hear the words Thank You, and when they do the remember it. It’s important that we acknowledge those who’ve helped protect and enhance our right to keep and bear arms.

    Please, take a few minutes to send a brief email thanking these Senators for their support. It doesn’t have to be anything in-depth. Just tell them you’re an Iowa Firearms Coalition supporter and you appreciate their Yes vote on HF517. You’d be surprised how few people take the time to thank those who do the right thing.

     

    These 33 Senators  voted Yes on HF517

    Bill Anderson
    Jerry Behn
    Rick Bertrand
    Michael Breitbach
    Waylon Brown
    Jake Chapman
    Mark Chelgren
    Mark Costello
    Dan Dawson
    Bill Dix
    Jeff Edler
    Randy Feenstra
    Julian Garrett
    Tom Greene
    Dennis Guth
    Craig Johnson
    Tim Kapucian
    Tim Kraayenbrink
    Mark Lofgren
    Ken Rozenboom
    Charles Schneider
    Jason Schultz
    Mark Segebart
    Tom Shipley
    Amy Sinclair
    Roby Smith
    Jack Whitver
    Brad Zaun
    Dan Zumbach
    Chas Allen
    Tod Bowman
    Wally Horn
    Rich Taylor

    bill.anderson@legis.iowa.gov, jerry.behn@legis.iowa.gov, rick.bertrand@legis.iowa.gov, michael.breitbach@legis.iowa.gov, waylon.brown@legis.iowa.gov, jake.chapman@legis.iowa.gov, mark.chelgren@legis.iowa.gov, mark.costello@legis.iowa.gov, dan.dawson@legis.iowa.gov, bill.dix@legis.iowa.gov, jeff.edler@legis.iowa.gov, randy.feenstra@legis.iowa.gov, julian.garrett@legis.iowa.gov, tom.greene@legis.iowa.gov, dennis.guth@legis.iowa.gov, craig.johnson@legis.iowa.gov, tim.kapucian@legis.iowa.gov, tim.kraayenbrink@legis.iowa.gov, mark.lofgren@legis.iowa.gov, ken.rozenboom@legis.iowa.gov, charles.schneider@legis.iowa.gov, jason.schultz@legis.iowa.gov, mark.segebart@legis.iowa.gov, tom.shipley@legis.iowa.gov, amy.sinclair@legis.iowa.gov, roby.smith@legis.iowa.gov, jack.whitver@legis.iowa.gov, brad.zaun@legis.iowa.gov, dan.zumbach@legis.iowa.gov, chaz.allen@legis.iowa.gov, tod.bowman@legis.iowa.gov, wally.horn@legis.iowa.gov, rich.taylor@legis.iowa.gov

     

    These 17 Senators vote No on HF517

    Tony Bisignano
    Joe Bolkcom
    Nate Boulton
    Jeff Danielson
    Bill Dotzler
    Robery Dvorsky
    Rita Hart
    Rob Hogg
    Pam Jochum
    David Johnson
    Kevin Kinney
    Jim Lykam
    Liz Mathis
    Matt McCoy
    Janet Peterson
    Herman Quirmbach
    Amanda Ragan


  • No Senate Vote on HF517 this Week

    March 31, 2017


    Funnel Week Delays HF517 Vote

    Iowans-

    Despite their best efforts our allies in the Iowa Senate were unable to bring HF517, the Omnibus Gun Bill, to the Senate floor for debate and a vote this week. The reason? Today (Friday) is the second funnel of the 2017 legislative session. Our bill cleared this procedural hurdle two weeks ago, but several other non-Second Amendment issues needed to get passed out of committee by today in order to remain viable. Also, according to Senator Brad Zaun, some key Senators who want to enthusiastically vote YES on HF517 had planned absences this week and wouldn’t be present if the bill was brought to the floor this week. So considering the full funnel week schedule and the schedules of their caucus, the decision was made to push the vote on HF517 back to Tuesday, April 4th. Senator Zaun assured us publicly at and a NRA/IFC Grassroots Action meeting that the bill will be run this coming Tuesday. You can watch video of Senator Zaun giving a crowd of more than 200 gun owners his word right HERE, his comments start at approximately 14 minutes.

    While the delay is frustrating, everything is still on track and we are still extremely optimistic we’ll be passing the biggest pro-Second Amendment bill in Iowa history. In fact we got some good news from Representative Matt Windschitl during Wednesday night’s NRA/IFC Grassroots Action meeting. Rep. Windschitl has been talking with the governor about our bill and the governor intends to sign HF517 into law when the bill is brought to him. You can see Rep. Windschitl’s comments on the video linked to above at the 35 minute mark.

    With these assurances we need you to help us make sure this all comes to fruition and the best way to do that is to get out and speak up about HF517 at this weekend’s legislative forums and coffee breaks. Here’s the list of each event taking place across the state this weekend. Please urge your Senator to pass HF517 and get this bill to Governor Branstad.

    We’re close folks, please help us push this through to the finish line!

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


  • Iowa Gun Bill One Vote Away from Governor’s Desk

    March 19, 2017


    HF517 is Potentially
    One Vote Away From The Gov’s Desk
    The Iowa Senate Could Vote On HF517 Any Day

    Iowans-

    Late last week House File 517 passed out of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee on a 10-2 vote. The bill got bi-partisan support (the two voting against the bill were Senators Nate Boulton and Janet Peterson). Thank you to all you who contacted your Senator before last week’s Senate Judiciary vote.We’re now all queued up for a vote in the full Iowa Senate.

    Three Potential Outcomes

    Any day now the Senate could vote on the Omnibus Gun Bill. When they vote there are three potential outcomes: Pass HF517 as is, Pass HF517 with an amendment, or Vote down HF517.
    Read more about How a Bill becomes a Law in Iowa on our website.

    If the Senate passes the bill as is (without any amendments) the bill then goes to Governor Terry Branstad.If the Senate passes HF517 with an amendment the proposed changes go back to the House who will have to vote Yes or No to accept the Senate’s amendment(s). If the House accepts the changes the bill goes to the Governor’s desk. If they vote No the amendment is sent back to the Senate and they will likely create a joint “conference committee” of Senators and Representatives to reconcile their differences and find a compromise.

    If the Senate votes No on HF517 the bill is dead for the year.

    Needless to say we’re very close getting this bill to the Governor, but this is no time to get complacent! We need to you keep up the phone calls and emails to the Senate.

    Keep Emailing!

    Our Advocacy Campaign makes it ridiculously easy to email your Senator (it takes just seconds). Whether you use our Advocacy Campaign or write your own email to your Senator, please take some time to reach out in support of HF517. Your calls and emails really do make a difference. We saw that in the House and we saw it in the Senate Judiciary Committee where members of both parties supported our bill.

    Have You Bought A Membership Yet?

    We’re on the verge of passing the biggest pro-gun owner bill in the history of our state. If you’re reading this you’ve probably written an email or two, or made phone calls about gun bills in the past. We truly appreciate your support and we strongly encourage you to Become an IFC member.

    Your membership dues help us continue the work we’ve started, they help us build off previous victories and help us educate more Iowans who want to protect and enhance the Second Amendment in our great state.

    Annual IFC Memberships are $35 a year. We also have IFC Life Memberships available. We’re running a short-term special on life memberships. Our normal $600 life membership rate has been temporarily reduced to $400 if you sign up online and use the Coupon Code: LIFE.

    In addition to supporting an organization that’s actively working (and winning) for you, you’ll get a membership card, sticker and soon we’ll be announcing a great new members only drawing. Here’s a sneak peek:
    In the mean time, please keep calling, keep emailing and keep spreading the word about HF517. We’ll alert you as soon as we know there will be a Senate vote. In the mean time, THANK YOU for supporting the Iowa Firearms Coalition!

  • Action Needed! HF517, Iowa’s Stand Your Ground & More

    March 14, 2017


    Senate Moving Quickly on HF517
    Judiciary Committee Planning to Vote Thursday

    Email Your Senator Now

    Friends, this afternoon a three person Iowa Senate subcommittee voted to advance HF517 to the Senate Judiciary Committee. We don’t have an exact time yet, but we believe the Judiciary Committee will vote on this bill on Thursday, 3/16.
    We need you to do these two things FAST:
    1. Email your State Senator – our brand new Advocacy Campaign makes it incredibly easy
    2. Get at least 3 other people to email their Senators – forward this email or send them this link:
    www.votervoice.net/IFC/campaigns/50721/respond
    This is the biggest pro-gun owner bill in state history. Stand Your Ground, Short Barreled Rifles, Youth Shooting, Permit Privacy and more. It’s all wrapped into House File 517.

    Visit our How a Bill Becomes A Law page if you’re wondering how close we are to getting this signed into law (HF517 is currently at step 16 of 20). We’ll be sharing more details on when to expect a vote as they become available. For now we need you to take action and email your Senators and respectfully urge them to vote Yes on HF517.

    Senate Judiciary Committee
    brad.zaun@legis.iowa.gov, dan.dawson@legis.iowa.gov, rich.taylor@legis.iowa.gov, tony.bisignano@legis.iowa.gov, nate.boulton@legis.iowa.gov, jeff.edler@legis.iowa.gov, julian.garrett@legis.iowa.gov, kevin.kinney@legis.iowa.gov, janet.petersen@legis.iowa.gov, charles.schneider@legis.iowa.gov, jason.schultz@legis.iowa.gov, tom.shipley@legis.iowa.gov, amy.sinclair@legis.iowa.gov

    Thank you for helping IFC
    Protect & Enhance the Second Amendment
    in Iowa!


  • Legislative Update – HF517 Assigned to Subcommittee

    March 12, 2017

    Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Assigned
    Omnibus Gun Bill Advances to the Senate
    Second Amendment Day 2017 a resounding SUCCESS!

    HF517 Status Report:

    By now you’ve probably heard, House File 517 breezed through the House last Tuesday on a 58-39 vote. This means HF517, the biggest pro-Second Amendment bill in state history, is now in the Iowa Senate. Our bill has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee and a three person subcommittee consisting of Senators Dan Dawson, Janet Peterson and Brad Zaun. This is very good news.

    As we’ve told you before, Senator Zaun is staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and long time ally of the Iowa Firearms Coalition. Senator Dawson is new to the Iowa Senate (he’s the man who replaced Mike Gronstal) and is a major supporter of gun owner’s rights and has been a big advocate for our bill in the Senate. Both Zaun and Dawson made time to come over to the House and watch the debate on HF517 last Tuesday. Senator Dawson stayed and observed the entire 4+ hour debate. That’s extremely encouraging.

    When will they vote? At this point it’s impossible to tell, nothing is on the schedule yet. Though both Zaun and Dawson have assured us this will not get brushed aside. We could see movement on HF517 in the Senate as early as this week, so be ready to take action on short notice.

    Who Voted YES

    Please take a moment and send a quick thank you to the 58 Republicans and Democrats who voted YES on HF517. Here’s the list of House members Who Voted YES on HF517.

    Thank you to all of you who took time to reach out to your representatives. Representative Scott Ourth, a Democrat, recently explained why he broke ranks with many of his fellow Democrats and voted YES on HF517:
    “I got hundreds emails and phone calls urging me to vote “yes” and hardly any asking me to resist.”
    Because of you and the thousands like you who took the time to send emails and make phone calls Rep. Ourth voted yes on our bill. This proves it yet again, your time and effort are not in vain. Keep up the good work, we’re not done yet!

    2A Day a SUCCESS!

    Big shout out to all of you who took time to join us in the capitol for Second Amendment Day 2017! We had a great turnout of at least 120 people (note: these are all voting age Iowans -not minors- who are unpaid and took time off work to join us). We booked a large private room in the capitol so that we could have a number of speakers join us, unfortunately the room was too small to hold everyone, we had more than 30 people lined up outside the door trying to get in.​
    ​​​​​​
    We’re extremely pleased (and proud) to report that everything went smoothly. We had a great crowd. Everyone in attendance did an outstanding job of representing IFC and gun owners everywhere. And we got to see the House vote on a historic pro-gun owner bill.We’re already planning on doing this again next year so please make plans to join us for Second Amendment Day 2018!

    Forums

    Don’t forget, your legislators hold town hall meetings and forums regularly. Right now they’re getting bombarded by anti-gunners. It’s critical that these lawmakers hear from Iowans like you. We need to make sure we’re balancing out the gun control arguments and making it abundantly clear that a majority of Iowans like you want their right to keep and bear arms protected and enhanced. State legislator forum schedule

    While you’ve got your calendar out, Senator Joni Ernst is holding a pair of town meetings in Cedar Rapids and in Des Moines this Friday. If you can, please get to her meeting and speak up about the Second Amendment! Senator Joni Ernst forums

    More updates to come,
    Thanks for supporting the
    Iowa Firearms Coalition


  • These Representatives Need to be Thanked for Voting YES on HF517

    March 10, 2017

    Breaking Ranks on HF517

    The March 7th House vote on HF517, the Omnibus Gun-Owner Bill, saw the bill passed 58-39. Two Republicans, Reps. Heaton & Bergan, voted against the bill, and two Democrats, Reps. Ourth and Bearinger, voted for HF517.

    The left leaning Iowa politics blog Bleeding Heartland recently posted the following statements from Representative Scott Ourth about why he broke from the rest of the Democrats and voted in favor of HF517 (we’ve placed the critical statement in bold). These statements are extremely telling and we commend these Representatives on listening to their constituents

    The bill, in its original form, was absolutely horrible, and I was a definite “no” vote. What worried me was that the bill was going to pass in a form that would have been very dangerous, especially to children, college campuses, etc.
    Knowing that Rep. Windschitl was eager to show at least some bipartisanship on the bill, I sat down with him in an attempt to pull back on some of the extreme measures and add safety measures back in. In the end, I was able to get parental supervision redefined to mean close physical proximity conducive to hands-on instruction.
    Also, we got background checks at private gun sales put back in, along with a ban on firearms on college campuses and permits to obtain and to carry.
    In the end, I supported the bill for two reasons: I was invested in making the bill infinitely better (something way worse would have passed were it not for my collaborative efforts).
    Also, once the bill was modified I voted yes because it was representative of the wishes of the vast majority of the folks in my district. I got hundreds emails and phone calls urging me to vote “yes” and hardly any asking me to resist. So, in the end, I voted my district after crafting a bill that was far and away safer and more reasonable than what would have passed with out my offer of bipartisanship.

    NOTE: Rep. Ourth’s comment referring to background checks at private gun sales is in reference to Iowa’s Permit to Acquire system. An initial version of HF517 did away with the Permit to Acquire system all together. The House ultimately decided to keep the Permit to Acquire but lengthen it from one to five years. This Permit to Acquire extension is the only change to private gun sales in HF517.

    Bleeding Heartland also posted a statement from Representative (D) Bruce Bearinger about why he chose to vote yes on the bill:

    I worked with representative Ourth on the amendment to insure that parents had to be in proximity to the child to provide safety training to their child. In addition, they removed parts of the bill relating to college campuses, open carry, and permitting. I had some concerns with the final bill, but overall, it was consistent with the correspondence I had with many of my constituents. I rely on our democratic caucus analysis of legislation and have always found it to be valuable, but ultimately I rely on my own values and the extensive work I do to stay in tune with the desires and beliefs of my constituents in my rural district.

    Time for Thanks

    Below is the list of who voted in favor of HF517 when it passed out of the Iowa House of Representatives on March 7th. These 58 Representatives deserve your thanks for voting to protect and enhance the Second Amendment rights of all Iowans.

    It’s important that you take a moment to thank these legislators. Our side does an outstanding job of letting them know what we want (“pass this bill” -OR- “vote YES on HF517”), but it’s just as important that they are applauded for listening to us. We’ve posted the email addresses of everyone who voted YES on the bill at the bottom of this page. Please take a minute or two and send them a quick note of thanks.

    HF517 is now in the Senate Judiciary Committee. It’s been assigned to a subcommittee consisting of Senators Dan Dawson, Janet Peterson and Brad Zaun. As always the Iowa Firearms Coalition will be keeping you up-to-date whenever there’s activity related to pro-gun owner legislation.

    Defenders of HF517

    During the course of the House debate over HF517 several Representatives gave speeches in support of the bill. It’s important to note that this is not required, all a Representative has to do is vote yes or no, but the following Representatives went out of their way to try to convince their colleagues to vote Yes on HF517. They deserve to be recognized for their willingness to take a stand for pro-gun owner legislation.

    • Rep. Shannon Lundgren of Dubuque County – shannon.lundgren@legis.iowa.gov
    • Rep. Jake Highfill of Polk County – jake.highfill@legis.iowa.gov
    • Rep. Skyler Wheeler of Sioux County – skyler.wheeler@legis.iowa.gov
    • Rep. Steven Holt of Crawford County – steven.holt@legis.iowa.gov
    • Rep. Terry Baxter of Hancock County – terry.baxter@legis.iowa.gov
    • Rep. Matt Windschitl of Harrison County – matt.windschitl@legis.iowa.gov
      • Rep. Windschitl deserves extra thanks for not only floor managing HF517, he stood for the entire 4+ hour House debate, addressing bogus claims and correcting misleading statements being made by anti-gun owner Representatives.

    Also of note, Senators Brad Zaun and Dan Dawson were in and out all afternoon observing the House debate on HF517. Senator Dawson is floor managing the bill over in the Senate. He stayed and watched the entire four-hour debate in the House in preparation for discussion and debate in the Senate. This is very encouraging!

    Who Voted Yes on HF517

    Send a thank you note to these Iowa Representatives!

    EMAIL ADDRESSES OF HF517 YES VOTES:
    rob.bacon@legis.iowa.gov, chip.baltimore@legis.iowa.gov, clel.baudler@legis.iowa.gov, terry.baxter@legis.iowa.gov, bruce.bearinger@legis.iowa.gov, brian.best@legis.iowa.gov, jane.bloomingdale@legis.iowa.gov, jim.carlin@legis.iowa.gov, gary.carlson@legis.iowa.gov, peter.cownie@legis.iowa.gov, dave.deyoe@legis.iowa.gov, cecil.dolecheck@legis.iowa.gov, dean.fisher@legis.iowa.gov, joel.fry@legis.iowa.gov, tedd.gassman@legis.iowa.gov, pat.grassley@legis.iowa.gov, stan.gustafson@legis.iowa.gov, chris.hagenow@legis.iowa.gov, kristi.hager@legis.iowa.gov, maryann.hanusa@legis.iowa.gov, greg.heartsill@legis.iowa.gov, lee.hein@legis.iowa.gov, jake.highfill@legis.iowa.gov, ashley.hinson@legis.iowa.gov, steven.holt@legis.iowa.gov, chuck.holz@legis.iowa.gov, dan.huseman@legis.iowa.gov, megan.jones@legis.iowa.gov, bobby.kaufmann@legis.iowa.gov, david.kerr@legis.iowa.gov, jarad.klein@legis.iowa.gov, kevin.koester@legis.iowa.gov, john.landon@legis.iowa.gov, shannon.lundgren@legis.iowa.gov, dave.maxwell@legis.iowa.gov, andy.mckean@legis.iowa.gov, gary.mohr@legis.iowa.gov, norlin.mommsen@legis.iowa.gov, tom.moore@legis.iowa.gov, zach.nunn@legis.iowa.gov, scott.ourth@legis.iowa.gov, ross.paustian@legis.iowa.gov, dawn.pettengill@legis.iowa.gov, ken.rizer@legis.iowa.gov, walt.rogers@legis.iowa.gov, sandy.salmon@legis.iowa.gov, mike.sexton@legis.iowa.gov, larry.sheets@legis.iowa.gov, david.sieck@legis.iowa.gov, rob.taylor@legis.iowa.gov, linda.upmeyer@legis.iowa.gov, guy.vander.linden@legis.iowa.gov, ralph.watts@legis.iowa.gov, skyler.wheeler@legis.iowa.gov, john.wills@legis.iowa.gov, matt.windschitl@legis.iowa.gov, gary.worthan@legis.iowa.gov, louie.zumbach@legis.iowa.gov


  • ACTION ALERT – Gun Vote Pending in the Iowa House!

    March 5, 2017

    House Vote Expected on Second Amendment Day
    Tuesday, March 7th

    Advocacy Campaign Activated
    Less than 48 hours until we get a vote in the full House of Representatives. Now is the time to turn up the heat on the House. To make it easy for you we’ve launched a brand new Advocacy Campaign. In a matter of seconds this tool lets you send an email urging your Representative to vote Yes on HF517 (formerly known as HSB133).

    History in the Making
    HF517 is the biggest pro-Second Amendment bill in state history, and you have a perfect opportunity to see history in the making. We’re hosting Second Amendment Day 2017 this Tuesday, the exact same day that leadership in the Iowa House of Representatives has indicated they will be voting on HF517. Be there!

    Second Amendment Day 2017
    Iowa Capitol
    Tuesday, March 7th – 10:00 A.M.

    1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319

    Stand Your Ground, SBRs, Youth Shooting, Permit Privacy, Preemption Cleanup, Emergency Powers Protections, Enhanced Penalties for Straw Purchasers and more – HF517 does  more to protect and enhance Iowans’ Second Amendment freedoms than any bill we’ve ever pushed for.

    IFC has several speakers lined up for Second Amendment Day, we’ll be providing crash courses on how to lobby your legislators and of course you’ll get to watch the historic HF517 voted on IN PERSON.

    In the meantime, make sure your Representative knows you want them to Vote YES on HF517. Time is short!

    More updates to come
    Thank You for Continuing to Support the 
    Iowa Firearms Coalition!


  • Vote Pending on Iowa Gun Bill

    March 3, 2017

    Vote expected on HF517 (formerly HSB133)

    Now that HSB133 has advanced out of committee it has been reassigned a new bill number. HSB133 is now House File 517 (HF517).

    Leadership in the Iowa House of Representatives has done something pretty extraordinary. They’ve reached out to IFC and indicated that they’re going to do everything they can to get our bill HF517 to the floor for debate and a vote on Tuesday, March 7th.

    ACTIVATED: Send your pre-written “Pass HF517” email now

    Why is this a big deal? Well, March 7th is when IFC is hosting Second Amendment Day in the capitol.

    To put it another way, House leadership has told us they’re adjusting their schedule so our members can see HF517 voted on in person. This kind of thing never happens. Politicians don’t operate this way. For House leadership to reach out on their own accord and tell us this says a lot how much they respect us, and that’s all because of you!

    HF517 is the biggest quote unquote “gun bill” in state history. If we get this bill passed your Second Amendment freedoms will take the biggest leap forward since 1846 when Iowa became the 29th state in union. Second Amendment Day 2017 will offer a prime opportunity to watch history in the making. The day starts with a presentation at 10 A.M. and ends once the House wraps up its vote on HF517.

    2017 Second Amendment Day
    March 7, 2017
    Iowa Capitol
    1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319

    Timeline:
    10:00 – 10:45 A.M. – Presentation and speakers  – Room 102
    10:45 – 12:00 P.M. – Lobby time
    12:00 – ??? – Potential House of Representatives vote on HSB133

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  • Amendment to HSB133 Explained

    March 2, 2017

    How did the amendment change the bill?

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    After being postponed a day, and then more than four hours after they were initially scheduled to vote on HSB133, the House Judiciary Committee voted to approve HSB133 with an amendment. Here’s an overview of what that amendment does (you can read the full text of HSB133 on the Iowa Legislature’s webpage):

    • The current Permit to Acquire system remains in place, but it is now valid for 5 years instead of 1
    • Hunter Safety Course is now accepted as valid Permit to Carry training
    • Anyone possessing an SBR and/or SBS without proper BATFE paperwork will be charged with a Class D felony (just like current Iowa suppressor law)
    • Removed Permit-less Carry (explanation below)
    • Private investigators may carry on school grounds while performing work duties
    • Permits will be uniform across the state, and include “invalid when intoxicated” on them
    • Campus Carry removed
    • Preemption clarification – Gives standing to a person adversely affected by a local ordnance or policy regulating firearms (e.g. if a city makes the public library a gun free zone, a citizen could hypothetically sue)
    • Capitol Carry clarification – applies to the capitol building only and requires that a person carries concealed. i.e. no open carry in the capitol
    • Creates immunity from noise pollution lawsuits for target shooters in rural areas

    What happened to Permit-less Carry?

    The amendment to HSB133 removed permit-less carry (i.e. Constitutional Carry), the Iowa Firearms Coalition recognizes this issue is a major priority for our members, here’s the chain of events that lead to striking permit-less carry from HSB133.

    When HSB133 was initially drafted more than two months ago permit-less carry was one of the many provisions in the bill. As various legislators studied the bill and provided input it became obvious that this particular issue would be a sticking point. Several revisions of the bill were drafted, each making slight tweaks here and there all in an effort to secure enough votes to pass permit-less carry and the rest of HSB133. Eventually it appeared there was consensus on the language and the bill was introduced approximately two weeks before the first legislative funnel of 2017.

    Once the bill was introduced and out in the public our allies began getting feedback on the bill. Much of it was the same old predictable anti-gun stuff — “There will be blood in the streets,” “No one wants these laws,” “Mob violence and vigilantes will reign over Iowa,” the same, tired arguments we hear about every bill we introduce. But we did receive some very astute and legitimate feedback that indicated the HSB133 permit-less carry language (as it was introduced) would inadvertently mess with other provisions of Iowa’s weapon laws causing many problems. So, once again the House Judiciary Committee set about amending the permit-less carry provision of HSB133 while hurrying to still meet the March 3rd legislative funnel deadline.

    It’s important to note that there have been at least seven revisions to this language since it was first drafted. Each time the bill got tweaked it got a little more complex. Each time a new concern was raised and addressed the permit-less carry provision got a little more unwieldy. Eventually things got to the point that the proposed permit-less carry provision was the exact opposite of what it is supposed to be. Instead of clean and simple, it was complex and had numerous hurdles. At that point it was obvious that this portion of HSB133 had gone off the rails, and that’s why the truly pro-Second Amendment legislators pulled permit-less carry from HSB133. It had become a choice between passing an onerous permit-less carry law that had been watered down, or scrapping it and doing it the right way at the next available opportunity.

    Reminder: Second Amendment Day 2017 next Tuesday (3/7). House leadership has told us they’re trying schedule HSB133 a vote in the full House on the same day as Second Amendment Day. Join us and watch the legislature in action as we march toward the passage of a major pro-gun owner law in Iowa!

    Remember, we faced a very similar situation is 2015 while trying to legalize suppressors. Senate Democrats offered a severely compromised suppressor bill full of poor language and numerous legal pitfalls. We had members howling that we should take the deal because they wanted suppressors so badly, even if the law was full of crappy language. Much to those members chagrin, we held fast, said no to the bad suppressor bill and then came back in 2016 and forced a rock solid suppressor bill through the legislature and into Iowa’s legal code. We find ourselves in a very similar situation this year with permit-less carry. Accept a less than optimal bill right now, or bear down and do it the right way even if it takes a little while longer? When it comes to our freedom and our right to keep and bear arms, we chose to do things the right way.

    Permit-less carry is a weighty issue. For many of our members it’s a simple concept, but for others who are not liberty minded gun owners it takes some time to digest and come around. Very few things happen quickly in politics. The Iowa Firearms Coalition still has lots of allies in the legislature. But even more important than that is the fact that numerous lawmakers have been educated on permit-less carry (something many of them never spent much time considering) and they’re now that much closer to passing this law, the right way, here in Iowa.

    HSB133 still contains LOTS of pro-Second Amendment stuff. Stand Your Ground, repealing the ban on supervised youth shooting, SBRs/SBSs and more. With your help we’ll get this bill signed into law and enhance the right to keep and bear arms of Iowa’s 3+ million residents. By now you’ve probably seen or heard, our opposition is pulling out all the stops. We need your help. Come to the capitol on March 7th for Second Amendment Day 2017. Help us show that Iowans want this bill. That we’re reasonable people. That these are reasonable bills. The anti-gunners are working overtime to paint us, and HSB133 as a liability. We need you to help us show the legislature otherwise. Please join us in the capitol on March 7th!

    TL;DR – Summary:

    Permit-less carry language within HSB133 had been revised many times by the legislature. Eventually it got to the point that it became to complex and unwieldy, the exact opposite of what it should be. Due to time constraints (the first funnel), rather than pass a sub-optimal version of permit-less carry, the House Judiciary Committee decided to remove that provision of HSB133.

    HSB133 still contains a ton of good stuff and we need you in the capitol March 7th for Second Amendment Day 2017 to show the legislature they need to pass this bill.