• Ohio Legislature Approves Suppressors for Hunting

    December 11, 2014

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    Lawmakers in Ohio have just approved the legalization of suppressors for hunting. The bill is now waiting for Ohio Governor John Kasich’s signature (which he’s expected to sign). Our counterparts in Ohio, the Buckeye Firearms Association, have been working extremely hard to legalize suppressors. Yesterday the Ohio House of Representatives passed H.B.234 by a massive 69-16 margin. Once again we’re seeing that when legislators take the time to thoroughly examine the legalization of suppressors the vast majority of reasonable lawmakers find no reason to oppose such a bill.

    During the 2014 legislative session the National Rifle Association, the Iowa Firearms Coalition, and the American Suppressor Association all pushed for the legalization of suppressors in Iowa. The bill passed through the Iowa House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support, only to be stopped cold by the anti-gun chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Rob Hogg. Full details on the plight of last year’s suppressor bill can be found HERE.

    A bill to legalize suppressors will likely be brought up again in the 2015 legislative session. Fortunately for Iowa’s firearms community Sen. Rob Hogg is no longer the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He’s been replaced by Senator Steve Sodders, of State Center. Sodders has been supportive of some of our pro-2nd Amendment bills in the past, but has opposed others.

    Remember, the primary role of a suppressor is to reduce the overall sound signature of the host firearm to hearing safe levels. Contrary to popular belief, they do not “silence” or eliminate the noise of a gunshot. Rather, they trap the expanding gasses at the muzzle of a firearm and allow them to slowly cool, in a similar fashion to car mufflers. Their muffling capabilities intrinsically make them a hearing protection device for both the shooter and those around them.

    If you’d like to see suppressors legalized in Iowa, there are two very important steps you can take right now before the 2015 legislative session begins:

    1) Contact your legislators and tell them you want them to legalize suppressors as well as protect and enhance your 2nd Amendment rights.

    2) Fill out Senator Steve Sodders’ 2015 legislative priorities survey and make sure he knows that Iowa’s firearms community has high expectations for him.

    Bonus: Sign up for our email list to for the latest on pro-2nd Amendment bills, and Action Alerts to help advance our cause.


    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.

     

  • Woah, did the New York Times just come out against the “Assault Weapons Ban?”

    September 15, 2014

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    The New York Times recently featured a groundbreaking piece titled “The Assault Weapons Myth.” OK, maybe it’s not really groundbreaking. Maybe it simply pointed to the facts that we gun owners have been shouting for years, but it certainly was a monumental change of direction for the typically left leaning newspaper.

    The article, written by ProPublica’s Lois Beckett, calls out the anti-gun push to ban what they’ve deemed “assault weapons.” The article very clearly lays out the facts that “assault weapons” are only used in a tiny fraction of murders. What’s even better is Ms. Beckett even calls out mass media for their obsessive coverage of mass shootings. This is one New York Times story worth reading.

    Highlights from the story include:

    The criminologist James Alan Fox at Northeastern University estimates that there have been an average of 100 victims killed each year in mass shootings over the past three decades. That’s less than 1 percent of gun homicide victims.
    But in the 10 years since the previous ban lapsed, even gun control advocates acknowledge a larger truth: The law that barred the sale of assault weapons from 1994 to 2004 made little difference.
    David M. Kennedy, the director of the Center for Crime Prevention and Control at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, argues that the issue of gun violence can seem enormous and intractable without first addressing poverty or drugs. A closer look at the social networks of neighborhoods most afflicted, he says, often shows that only a small number of men drive most of the violence. Identify them and change their behavior, and it’s possible to have an immediate impact.
    Most Americans do not know that gun homicides have decreased by 49 percent since 1993 as violent crime also fell…
    In 2012, only 322 people were murdered with any kind of rifle, F.B.I. data shows.
    This politically defined category of guns — a selection of rifles, shotguns and handguns with “military-style” features — only figured in about 2 percent of gun crimes nationwide before the ban.
    Mr. Clinton blamed the ban for Democratic losses in 1994. Crime fell, but when the ban expired, a detailed study found no proof that it had contributed to the decline. The ban did reduce the number of assault weapons recovered by local police, to 1 percent from roughly 2 percent.
    A Pew survey conducted after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., found that 56 percent of Americans believed wrongly that the rate of gun crime was higher than it was 20 years ago.