• State of Emergency Declared in Cedar Rapids

    September 27, 2016
    (Tiffany Rushing/The Courier via AP)

    (Tiffany Rushing/The Courier)

    State of Emergency 2016 Cedar Rapids

    Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the surrounding area are once again looking at historic flooding. The situation is bad enough that Mayor Ron Corbett has declared a state of emergency in Cedar Rapids. Homes along the flood plain are being evacuated, an 8 p.m. curfew has been put in place and “law enforcement will be challenging anyone in these areas and you will be subject to arrest.”

    In short, the situation is not looking good and the city is doing everything they can to keep things in order. Yet during these times of crisis, these states of emergency, there are elected officials in Iowa who think residents should be disarmed exactly when their right to keep and bear arms is needed most.

    Last year with the help of Representative Greg Heartsill we introduced House File 2280, the Emergency Protection Act.

    This bill would have prohibited the confiscation of firearms, ammunition, and other Second Amendment rights during a “disaster emergency proclamation” or “public disorder” declared by the governor, or any other state official, or any community within the State of Iowa. In essence this bill would have kept Hurricane Katrina style confiscation of firearms from happening in Iowa.

    We talk about this bill in the past tense because even though it easily passed the Iowa House of Representatives 67-31 with bi-partisan support, the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee, headed by Steve Sodders of Marshall County refused to bring this bill to the floor for a vote. They didn’t vote no on it, they simply refused acknowledge it even existed. We’re working reshape the Iowa Senate so that good bills like this will actually get to see the light of day and get a vote. To see what we’re doing and help us make a change in the Iowa Senate visit our political action page www.IFCPAC.com

    What does this mean for flood victims in Cedar Rapids?

    Well, it means that right now if the Mayor of Cedar Rapids or the Governor of Iowa were to declare it was necessary to confiscate firearms from Cedar Rapids residents law enforcement and the National Guard could start going house to house disarming law-abiding residents stripping them of their constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms, all at a time when that right is critically important.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition wants this to never happen to the people of Iowa. You should be free to have the means to defend yourself and your loved ones when times are good, but especially when times are bad. Unfortunately Senate Democrats and Steve Sodders’ Senate Judiciary Committee have blocked our efforts to protect your ability to protect yourself during times of emergency.

    Here’s a perfect example from ABC News of what we’re trying to avoid in Iowa:

    Finally, let’s be absolutely clear, law enforcement in Cedar Rapids have done a phenomenal job of keeping the peace thus far. But there’s no denying it, this flood is straining Cedar Rapids. That begs the question, what happens if things go south? What happens if there’s a levee break? What happens if mandatory evacuations are required? Police officers will no doubt have their hands full moving people out of the flood zone. But that also leaves the rest of the city vulnerable as emergency response times will no doubt get stretched out longer and longer.

    Whether it’s a breached levee, mandatory evacuations, or looting no one wants to see any of this happen. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be prepared and able to deal with any of these scenarios. And it certainly does not mean law-abiding Iowans should ever be denied the ability and means to protect themselves in this or any other state of emergency.

  • Legislative update week 9

    March 13, 2016

    Iowans-

    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. 

  • Gun bills advancing in the IA Senate – IFC Update

    March 6, 2016

    Legislative update week 8

    Iowans-

    Forward progress continues in the Iowa Senate. Last week saw the both the Privacy Protection Act and the Hearing Protection Act get passed out of their Senate Judiciary subcommittees. In fact the Hearing Protection Act was passed out of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee on an 11-2 vote just one day after passing its subcommittee vote. The Youth Safety & Parental Rights Act, Emergency Powers Act and the ATV Carry Act are each awaiting subcommittee meetings and votes.

    The next legislative funnel date is March 11th. In order to continue the 2016 legislative process these bills must be passed out of committee or else they’re considered dead for the year. Right now the only pro-gun owner bill that’s reached this important threshold is the Hearing Protection Act. Keep pushing folks!

    Remember, the best way to encourage our lawmakers to vote for these bills is to do it face to face. The best way to get in front of them is to go to their legislative forums and other public meetings and speak up. Here’s links to their various events:

    Don’t forget we have our pre-written Advocacy Campaign emails. They’re free, they take less than 60 seconds. There’s no easier way to do your part to help advance the Second Amendment.

    As you’re interacting with your senators don’t lose sight of the fact that anti-gunners are desperate to paint us as hateful, racist, misogynists. That’s why it’s critical that we always take the high road, and deny them any opportunity to throw our cause under the bus.

    Finally, don’t forget to mark your calendars for June 10th-12th. We’re partnering with Sure Shot Range, Jerry’s Machine Guns, Tactical Creations and Pearson Guns for a machine gun shoot. The three day shoot will be held in Mount Auburn, Iowa (approximately halfway between Cedar Rapids and Waterloo).

    The shoot is still months away, but make plans to attend today. These types of events don’t happen often here in Iowa!

    More updates to come. Thank you for ongoing 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. 

  • VIDEO: Iowa House Debating & Voting on Pro Gun Owner Bills (2/23)

    February 26, 2016

    TRIGGER WARNING:

    This post contains numerous gun control advocates purposely misrepresenting, misunderstanding, and flat-out misleading people about 5 pro-gun owner bills that easily passed through the Iowa House of Representatives.

    If you choose to watch this video understand that at various points you may feel a strong urge to:

    Scream
    Vomit
    Pull your hair out

    If the urge becomes too strong we strongly recommend that you stop the video, take a few deep breaths and remember the fact that these anti-gunners are in the vast minority. Despite their best efforts all five of these pro gun owner bills passed their votes with ease. What’s even better, many of their own party members disagreed, broke ranks and voted in favor of these bills.

    So with that in mind. Please do your best to enjoy this video. The end result is very positive. While listening to the anti’s can be maddening, from time to time it is good to be reminded of just how far they’ll go to try to halt the expansion of Iowans’ freedoms.

     


    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. 

  • Privacy Protection Act PASSES Committee Vote Unopposed

    February 16, 2016

    Unopposed!

    The Privacy Protection Act passed a House Judiciary Committee vote this afternoon 20-0-1 (20 votes for, zero votes against, and one legislator absent). This puts the Privacy Protection Act in the same position as several other pro-gun owner bills awaiting a vote before the entire Iowa House of Representatives.

    If you’re wondering where these bills are at in the legislative process be sure to check out our How a bill becomes a law in Iowa page which lays out each step of the process.

    Today’s bill passed with an amendment that includes three provisions:

    1: Removes the “within 30 days prior to expiration” restriction on renewal of permits. Renewal applications may be made at any time prior to expiration.
    2. Adds privacy protection for “victims of domestic violence” who request information on the weapons permit status of their abuser.
    3. Removes the requirement to provide a reason for a request for weapons permit status.

    Next vote expected on 2/23

    The Privacy Protection Act expected to be taken up by the entire House of Representatives on February 23rd. Hopefully that date rings a bell for you. That’s the date of the Iowa Firearms Coalition’s 2016 Second Amendment Day in the capitol.

    It’s looking more and more likely that our Second Amendment Day will coincide with votes on several pro-gun owner bills in the House of Representatives. These include the Privacy Protection Act, the Youth Safety & Parental Rights Act, the Emergency Protection Act, the ATV Carry Act, and the Hearing Protection Act. February 23rd has potential to be a very big day for our cause.

    You folks do an excellent job of making your case while maintaining a respectful, and professional demeanor and it is not going unnoticed in the legislature. We look forward to seeing all of you on the 23rd.

    Iowa Firearms Coalition Legislative Day 2016

    Action required SOON

    You may have noticed that so far this session there have been very few IFC action alerts and calls for you to get in touch with your legislators. But those days are coming. The truth is they simply haven’t been needed yet. Our bills have sailed through their House committee votes so far. But once we get to the Senate we’ll need all hands on deck.

    Join us on Tuesday the 23rd and help us push these pro-gun owner bills through the House and into the Senate. This will mark the beginning of a new phase in the 2016 legislative session. One that will require routine emails, phone calls, and most importantly, face-to-face discussions with your senators.

    The time for action will soon be upon us Iowans. Stand ready!


    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. 

  • Active Gun Bills in Iowa – Who voted For & Against

    February 9, 2016

    Below you’ll find the voting record for all four of the February 4th committee votes on pro gun owner bills.

    We’ve included who was for and who was against each bill, as well as each legislator’s email address. We encourage you to email all those who were in favor of these bills and thank them for supporting your rights and the rights of Iowans.

    If you choose to email those who voted against any of these bills please maintain a respectful tone while expressing your displeasure with their vote. We know for a fact that gun control advocates are looking for any reason they can find to label us as radical, so we must do everything we can to prove them wrong. That includes the manner in which we interact with those of differing viewpoints. In short, we’re all adults so let’s act like it.


    Join us for the
    2016 Second Amendment Day in the capitol
    February 23rd


     

     

    Youth Safety & Parental Rights Act – HF2042

    House of Representatives: Judiciary Committee vote February 4th

    Passed 17-4

    Nay votes:

    Marti Anderson (D, District 36) – marti.anderson@legis.iowa.gov
    Brian Meyer (D, District 33) – brian.meyer@legis.iowa.gov
    Jo Oldson (D, District 41) – jo.oldson@legis.iowa.gov
    Todd Prichard (D, District 52) – todd.prichard@legis.iowa.gov

    Aye votes:

    Chip Baltimore (R, District 47), Chair – chip.baltimore@legis.iowa.gov
    Stan Gustafson (R, District 25), Vice Chair – stan.gustafson@legis.iowa.gov
    Mary Lynn Wolfe (D, District 98), Ranking Member – mary.wolfe@legis.iowa.gov
    Terry C. Baxter (R, District 8) – Terry.Baxter@legis.iowa.gov
    Deborah L. Berry (D, District 62) – deborah.berry@legis.iowa.gov
    Darrel Branhagen (R, District 55) – Darrel.Branhagen@legis.iowa.gov
    Dave Dawson (D, District 14) – dave.dawson@legis.iowa.gov
    Greg Heartsill (R, District 28) – greg.heartsill@legis.iowa.gov
    David E. Heaton (R, District 84) – dave.heaton@legis.iowa.gov
    Megan Jones (R, District 2) – megan.jones@legis.iowa.gov
    Bobby Kaufmann (R, District 73) – bobby.kaufmann@legis.iowa.gov
    Zach Nunn (R, District 30) – Zach.Nunn@legis.iowa.gov
    Rick Olson (D, District 31) – rick.olson@legis.iowa.gov
    Kraig Paulsen (R, District 67) – kraig.paulsen@legis.iowa.gov
    Ken Rizer (R, District 68) – Ken.Rizer@legis.iowa.gov
    Walt Rogers (R, District 60) – walt.rogers@legis.iowa.gov
    Matt W. Windschitl (R, District 17) – matt.windschitl@legis.iowa.gov

    Hearing Protection Act – HF2043

    House of Representatives: Judiciary Committee vote February 4th

    Passed 18-3

    Nay Votes:

    Marti Anderson (D, District 36) – marti.anderson@legis.iowa.gov
    Deborah L. Berry (D, District 62) – deborah.berry@legis.iowa.gov
    Jo Oldson (D, District 41) – jo.oldson@legis.iowa.gov

    Aye votes:

    Chip Baltimore (R, District 47), Chair – chip.baltimore@legis.iowa.gov
    Stan Gustafson (R, District 25), Vice Chair – stan.gustafson@legis.iowa.gov
    Mary Lynn Wolfe (D, District 98), Ranking Member – mary.wolfe@legis.iowa.gov
    Terry C. Baxter (R, District 8) – Terry.Baxter@legis.iowa.gov
    Darrel Branhagen (R, District 55) – Darrel.Branhagen@legis.iowa.gov
    Dave Dawson (D, District 14) – dave.dawson@legis.iowa.gov
    Greg Heartsill (R, District 28) – greg.heartsill@legis.iowa.gov
    David E. Heaton (R, District 84) – dave.heaton@legis.iowa.gov
    Megan Jones (R, District 2) – megan.jones@legis.iowa.gov
    Bobby Kaufmann (R, District 73) – bobby.kaufmann@legis.iowa.gov
    Brian Meyer (D, District 33) – brian.meyer@legis.iowa.gov
    Zach Nunn (R, District 30) – Zach.Nunn@legis.iowa.gov
    Rick Olson (D, District 31) – rick.olson@legis.iowa.gov
    Kraig Paulsen (R, District 67) – kraig.paulsen@legis.iowa.gov
    Todd Prichard (D, District 52) – todd.prichard@legis.iowa.gov
    Ken Rizer (R, District 68) – Ken.Rizer@legis.iowa.gov
    Walt Rogers (R, District 60) – walt.rogers@legis.iowa.gov
    Matt W. Windschitl (R, District 17) – matt.windschitl@legis.iowa.go

    Emergency Protection Act – HF2044

    House of Representatives: Judiciary Committee vote February 4th

    Passed 17-4

    Nay Votes:

    Marti Anderson (D, District 36) – marti.anderson@legis.iowa.gov
    Deborah L. Berry (D, District 62) – deborah.berry@legis.iowa.gov
    Jo Oldson (D, District 41) – jo.oldson@legis.iowa.gov
    Rick Olson (D, District 31) – rick.olson@legis.iowa.gov

    Aye votes:

    Chip Baltimore (R, District 47), Chair – chip.baltimore@legis.iowa.gov
    Stan Gustafson (R, District 25), Vice Chair – stan.gustafson@legis.iowa.gov
    Mary Lynn Wolfe (D, District 98), Ranking Member – mary.wolfe@legis.iowa.gov
    Terry C. Baxter (R, District 8) – Terry.Baxter@legis.iowa.gov
    Darrel Branhagen (R, District 55) – Darrel.Branhagen@legis.iowa.gov
    Dave Dawson (D, District 14) – dave.dawson@legis.iowa.gov
    Greg Heartsill (R, District 28) – greg.heartsill@legis.iowa.gov
    David E. Heaton (R, District 84) – dave.heaton@legis.iowa.gov
    Megan Jones (R, District 2) – megan.jones@legis.iowa.gov
    Bobby Kaufmann (R, District 73) – bobby.kaufmann@legis.iowa.gov
    Brian Meyer (D, District 33) – brian.meyer@legis.iowa.gov
    Zach Nunn (R, District 30) – Zach.Nunn@legis.iowa.gov
    Kraig Paulsen (R, District 67) – kraig.paulsen@legis.iowa.gov
    Todd Prichard (D, District 52) – todd.prichard@legis.iowa.gov
    Ken Rizer (R, District 68) – Ken.Rizer@legis.iowa.gov
    Walt Rogers (R, District 60) – walt.rogers@legis.iowa.gov
    Matt W. Windschitl (R, District 17) – matt.windschitl@legis.iowa.gov

    ATV Carry Act – HF2066

    House of Representatives: Natural Resources Committee vote February 4th

    Passed 17-1

    Nay votes:

    Lisa Heddens (D, District 46)– lisa.heddens@legis.iowa.gov

    Aye votes:

    Brian Moore (R, District 58), Chair – brian.moore@legis.iowa.gov
    Dean Fisher (R, District 72), Vice Chair – dean.fisher@legis.iowa.gov
    Curt Hanson (D, District 82), Ranking Member – curt.hanson@legis.iowa.gov
    Rob Bacon (R, District 48) – rob.bacon@legis.iowa.gov
    Clel Baudler (R, District 20) – clel.baudler@legis.iowa.gov
    Liz Bennett (D, District 65) – Liz.Bennett@legis.iowa.gov
    Brian Best (R, District 12) – Brian.Best@legis.iowa.gov
    Chris Hall (D, District 13) – chris.hall@legis.iowa.gov
    Daniel A. Huseman (R, District 3) – dan.huseman@legis.iowa.gov
    Jarad J. Klein (R, District 78) – jarad.klein@legis.iowa.gov
    Kevin Koester (R, District 38) – kevin.koester@legis.iowa.gov
    Dave Maxwell (R, District 76) – dave.maxwell@legis.iowa.gov
    Helen Miller (D, District 9) – helen.miller@legis.iowa.gov
    Norlin Mommsen (R, District 97) – Norlin.Mommsen@legis.iowa.gov
    Scott Ourth (D, District 26) – scott.ourth@legis.iowa.gov
    Ross Paustian (R, District 92) – Ross.Paustian@legis.iowa.gov
    John H. Wills (R, District 1) – John.Wills@legis.iowa.gov

    Absent:

    Jim Lykam (D, District 89) – jim.lykam@legis.iowa.gov
    Patti Ruff (D, District 56) – patti.ruff@legis.iowa.gov
    Phyllis Thede (D, District 93) – phyllis.thede@legis.iowa.gov


    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 Legislative Update – Week 4 – Multiple IFC Victories!

    February 7, 2016

    Legislative update week 4
    Multiple victories!

    Iowans-

    Wow, what a week!

    In the last seven days we’ve seen four pro-gun owner bills sail through committee votes with ease, the introduction of an additional pro-gun owner bill, AND our members played a vital role in saving a college shooting program.

    First thing’s first, here’s a breakdown of the votes that took place Thursday:

    Youth Safety & Parental Rights Act
    House Judiciary Committee
    Passed 17-4Hearing Protection Act
    House Judiciary Committee
    Passed 18-3

    Emergency Protection Act

    House Judiciary Committee
    Passed 17-4ATV Carry Act
    House Natural Resources Committee
    Passed 17-1

    As you can see each of these bills are collecting broad support. Opponents of these bills find themselves in an extreme minority, very encouraging!Also, last week the Privacy Protection Act was also introduced into the House. Late Thursday, the Privacy Protection Act passed a subcommittee vote 2-1, and now awaits a House Judiciary Committee vote. This bill is vital to protecting the personal information of more than a quarter million Iowans.

    As each of these bills progresses through the legislature things get more difficult. This means we need each of and every one of you to help move these bills forward. This means contacting your legislators, meeting them face to face, and getting your friends and family involved.

    Reminder: we’re tracking all updates on all of these bills on our 2016 Iowa Legislative Session page on our website.

    Second Amendment Day
    February 23rd

    Join us on the 23rd for IFC’s Second Amendment Day in the Iowa Capitol. We’ll calling on all Second Amendment advocates in Iowa to gather in the capitol for a show of support for pro-gun owner legislation making their way through the capitol. We’ll be joined by representatives from the National Rifle Association and the American Suppressor Association. The day starts at 8AM, and we expect to see action in the House of Representatives as early as 10AM.

    We’ve been told there’s a fairly decent chance the bills that just passed out of committee will be voted on that day. It’s not guaranteed, but it is a distinct possibility.

    This means you’ll be able to join scores of other gun owners and send a strong message to the Iowa legislature. As an added bonus there’s also a good chance you’ll see pro-gun bills voted on in person.

    Please join us, and bring a your friends!

    Machine Gun Shoot

    While you have your calendar out, mark down June 10th, 11th, and 12th. The Iowa Firearms Coalition is partnering with Jerry’s Machine Guns, Sure Shot Range, and Tactical Creations to put on a three-day machine gun shoot in Mount Auburn, Iowa.


    Victory in Indianola!

    Finally, we’re extremely proud to announce victory for the Simpson College Shooting Club! Gun control advocates recently set their sights on the college’s shooting club calling for the “immediate dissolution” of the club and their coach. They started a petition and collected 187 signatures. The shooting club started their own ‘save the shooting club’ petition and shared with us. In less than 3 days IFC members and supporters collected more than 2,200 signatures!

    Friday the Simpson Board of Trustees met to discuss the shooting club and the anti-gunner’s demands. Not only did the board side with the shooting club, they even made plans to hire a full-time shooting coach. An overwhelming victory for the Simpson Shooting Club. The club’s advisor has asked us relay the club’s sincerest thanks for rallying around their team.

    This is exactly why we fight, and do what we do. So that our fellow Iowans may continue to exercise their individual liberties and their constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Well done IFC members!

     
    More updates to come. Thank you for your ongoing 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 Alert – VOTES expected TOMORROW (2/4)

    February 3, 2016

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    Iowans,

    We’ve received word the Iowa House of Representatives Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on several bills TOMORROW (2/4) afternoon. We’re believe we’ll see votes on the following pieces of potential legislation:

    Youth Safety & Parental Rights Act
    Hearing Protection Act
    Emergency Protection Act

    Here’s a link to the House Judiciary Committee members as well as their contact information.
    We’re also pleased to announce the Privacy Protection Act has been introduced into the House of Representatives. This measure would keep the personal information of Iowa’s Permit to Carry holders from being collected en masse and published for the all the world to see. This has happened in Iowa before and we have no reason to believe it won’t happen again.
    Two final thoughts.
    One, the Simpson College Shooting Club in Indianola has come under attack from a group of anti-gunners trying to get the college’s board of trustees to dismantle the club. There’s a support petition that’s been started by Simpson College Shooting Club. Please sign the petition and show Simpson’s Board of Trustees that the shooting club deserves the full support of their college.

    Lastly, don’t forget to sign up for this year’s Second Amendment Day (2/23) in the Iowa Legislature. If tomorrow’s votes in the House Judiciary Committee go well, there’s a chance we’ll see pro-gun owner bills debated and voted on on the 23rd. So mark your calendars, request a vacation day off work, and bring a few friends to join your fellow freedom loving Iowans in Des Moines on February 23rd.
    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 3

    January 31, 2016

    It’s been a remarkable week in the Iowa legislature, particularly in the House of Representative’s Judiciary Committee. Monday the Youth Safety & Parental Rights Act passed its subcommittee vote. Tuesday the Hearing Protection Act passed its subcommittee vote. And Thursday the ATV Carry Act passed its subcommittee vote. This means we now have four bills awaiting votes in the full judiciary committee (the Emergency Protection Act passed its subcommittee vote a week ago), and expect more to be introduced.

    For the latest information on each of these bills, including a list of which lawmakers will be voting on these issues next, head on over to our 2016 Iowa Legislative Session page.

    This week also saw a noteworthy development on the national stage. Michael Bloomberg, the anti-gun movement’s sugar daddy recently announced that he’s seriously considering a run for president. He’s allegedly prepared to spend $1 billion dollars of his own money to self-fund his campaign. Bloomberg, the Godfather of Gun Control, thinks he could enter the race as a “moderate candidate” and take the White House. It sounds like a farce, but it’s possible.

    Bloomberg’s announcement shines a light on a major problem here in Iowa. There’s zero mention of the people of Iowa’s right to keep and bear arms in our state constitution. We’re one of only six states in the entire country without a right to keep and bear arms clause in our state constitution. This oversight could prove disastrous should we ever find ourselves with another President Clinton… or President Bloomberg. The link below has more information about this situation and what the Iowa Firearms Coalition is doing to right this wrong.

    And finally, we’re extremely proud to announce this year’s Second Amendment Day in the Iowa Legislature will be held on February 23rd. The Iowa Firearms Coalition has organized a legislative action day in the state capitol and it’s open to any and all pro-Second Amendment advocates in Iowa.

    Come out, meet IFC’s lobbyists and leaders, meet your fellow Second Amendment advocates, but most importantly meet your legislators and make your voice heard in the absolute best way possible, face-to-face.

    This year’s Second Amendment Day will be on a Tuesday, so the legislature will be in session. Which means your legislators won’t be able to ignore the mass of Second Amendment advocates in the capitol. So circle that date and start making arrangements to bring a truckload of friends. Once again this year’s Second Amendment Day will be held on Tuesday, February 23rd.

    2/23… 2.23… .223… see what we did there? 😉 More details about what time to be in the capitol and what to expect will be released soon. For now please hit the link below and sign up to join us at the capitol!

    Thanks for your ongoing support Iowans!


    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. 

  • Week Two in the Iowa Legislature

    January 24, 2016

    Week Two in the Iowa Legislature
    A solid start to 2016

    Iowans-

    In the last week we’ve seen plenty of action on the Second Amendment front in the Iowa legislature. When we emailed you last there were four solidly pro-gun owner bills that had just been filed for 2016. Since then a fifth bill has been filed in the Senate that would allow deer hunters to carry a handgun for their own protection while out deer hunting. It’s been dubbed the “Hunter Protection Act” and you can find a brief overview and a link to the bill on our 2016 Iowa Legislative Session page.

    Other bills already filed for 2016 include:

    Late last week a House Judiciary subcommittee voted 2-1 to advance the Emergency Protection Act, and it now goes before the entire House Judiciary Committee. It’s encouraging to see an IFC backed bill already advancing.

    Subcommittee votes on the Hearing Protection Act and the Youth Safety and Parental Rights Act are expected to take place early this week. We also expect to see additional pro-gun owner bills introduced soon.

    Reminder: we also have our Advocacy Campaign up and running over in our Legislative Action Center. This tool lets you email your legislators about pro-gun owner bills in less than 60 seconds. It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s free. There’s no reason you should not be voicing your Second Amendment support to your legislators. Please take action today to help us defend the Second Amendment rights of all Iowans. Once you’re done forward this valuable link to your family and friends.

    As always we’ll be alerting you to any important updates or breaking news related to Second Amendment issues in Iowa.

    Thanks for your continued support!


    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.