• Legislative Session Ends Without Omnibus Gun Bill Passage

    June 5, 2015


    Dear freedom loving Iowans,

    As president of the Iowa Firearms Coalition, it befalls me to deliver unfortunate news: All the Second Amendment provisions for which we have fought so hard this year have failed to pass through the Iowa Legislature to become law.  It is with great regret and a heavy heart that I tell you this.  I am so very sorry that our civil rights have failed to be recognized yet again in our great state.

    At the start, this promised to be a banner year, and there remained much to be optimistic about right up to the end.  We earned the support and active cooperation of the Iowa law enforcement community.  We earned the support of the Republican House and Senate caucuses.  We earned the support of most Democrats in both the House and Senate.  We earned the support of the governor.  Initially, everyone on all sides, in both chambers and in all the relevant committees, was working together well to create and pass Second Amendment legislation.  The House led the way early and passed our common-sense legislation with an overwhelming and bipartisan majority. When the Senate proved reluctant to act, House leadership stayed in the fight for your rights, shepherding the measures to passage two additional times  There was much to be excited and hopeful about!

    But it all came to nothing, and I am left with one looming question: Where was the breakdown?  The provisions we asked for were simple, basic, common sense measures that were backed by the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association, the Iowa Police Chiefs Association, the Iowa County Attorneys Association, and the National Rifle Association.  And all across the country, states are passing pro-Second Amendment legislation too, forming a distinct national trend.  Heck, even the state that Al Franken comes from just legalized suppressors!  So what’s the problem?  Who dropped the ball?

    The answer is simple: The Senate Democrat leadership.  Everything was going well until the Senate Democrat leadership got their hands on our bill.  And it is because of the Senate Democrat leadership’s distinct lack of leadership, because of their bucking the national trend, because of their disregard for their own caucus, the Republican caucus, and several upstanding and respected organizations in this state, because of all of this our bill failed.  If we can’t even get the simple stuff passed, how are we going to make progress on the big stuff?  Shame on them.

    These are the facts.  I wish they were different.  But being men and women of conscience and partners with us in the quest for liberty, you deserve the truth no matter how repellent and upsetting.  I am so very, truly sorry.  I have never seen a group of people work so hard to achieve a single thing as did the members and volunteers of IFC this year, and for that, to all of you, you have my sincerest gratitude.

    We’ve got big things planned for this organization, and VP Kurt Liske and Communications Director Jon Van Wyk will be sure to keep you in the loop.  In the meantime though, remember: An election is coming.  It only takes flipping two seats in the Senate to knock down the Democrat leadership’s house of cards.  Mark my words, they’ll try to throw us a bone next year by passing this year’s bill, in the hopes that you’ll forget this year all the way to the voting booth.  So print this letter out and hang it over your computer as a reminder if you must, but no matter what comes, remember the Democrat Senate leadership’s betrayal on this day.  Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain!

    I’ll see you on the range…And once again on the front lines next year.

    Fighting for your Second Amendment rights in Iowa,
    Barry B. Snell
    President, 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.


  • How I-594 Will Destroy Itself — Colion Noir

    December 22, 2014

    NRA News Commentator Colion Noir breaks down Washington State’s new gun control measure I-594. This initiative makes it illegal to simply hand a gun to someone else who’d like to shoot it, to clean it, or just to see what it feels like. The #GunSense #GunDense zealots are taking I-594 on the road as model legislation for other states. They’ve already announced plans to push this in at least 12 other states. Gun owners already know it won’t stop crime, but the anti-gunners don’t seem to get it. Take a look at Noir’s latest video, then help us spread this message around. Let’s stop enacting new laws and taking away Americans freedoms, and start enforcing the thousands of gun laws already on the books.

    Take two minutes to use our Legislative Action Center to send a note to Iowa lawmakers telling them you oppose gun control schemes like I-594.

    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.

  • Harry Reid attempting to stifle free speech (and the NRA)

    September 8, 2014

    Reid, Baucus, Dodd Hold News Conference on Health CareLate last week the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action put out the notice at the bottom of this page. Baffled by several failed attempts at gun control measures it seems Harry Reid is attempting to amend the Constitution in order to stifle the NRA and other opponents. The first step in Reid’s plan is to call a vote in the U.S. Senate. Once again we need you to contact our Senators Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin. They need to hear loud and clear that Iowans will not stand for this attempt at stifling our rights. Tell Grassley and Harkin to vote no on S.J.R. 19, and remind them the Iowa Firearms Coalition, the National Rifle Association, and millions of gun owners are keeping a close eye on their vote.


    Sen. Charles Grassley
    Email / Phone: 202-224-3744
    Sen. Tom Harkin
    Email / Phone: 202-224-3254

    Original NRA-ILA dispatch

    In January 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a key decision in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.  The decision removed unconstitutional restrictions on the ability to speak freely at election time of grassroots groups like NRA and others. But now, some are trying to reverse the decision–and while they recognize that they must amend the Constitution to do so, their amendment would gut the First Amendment rights of organized political groups as we know them.

    The late Sen. Paul Wellstone had said during the original debate over the legislation at issue in Citizens United that it was his intention to silence groups like the NRA. While Wellstone singled out the NRA, this law delivered a clear message to all American citizens: “Keep your mouths shut and stay out of our politics.”

    The court declared unconstitutional the parts of the law that had been enacted for the explicit purpose of silencing the NRA and its members. Of course, the gun-banners in the White House and Congress opposed the decision because it thwarted their plans.

    Now, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is aggressively trying to reverse the Citizens United decision by pushing “Senate Joint Resolution 19,” a proposed “amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections.”

    As the title of the proposed constitutional amendment suggests, S.J.R. 19 is intended to allow anti-gunners in Congress to silence their critics and to control the gun “debate.”  S.J.R. 19 would authorize burdensome federal and state regulation–or outright prohibition–of spending by corporations and other legal entities (like NRA) to do what many were created to do: protect the rights of their members at the ballot box.  Prominent constitutional scholar Floyd Abrams said of S.J.R. 19, “It is intended to limit speech about elections and it would do just that….”

    The U.S. Senate could vote on the measure as early as next week.  NRA strongly opposes S.J.R. 19 and will score legislators’ votes on the proposed amendment.  Please take action NOW to stop this proposed constitutional amendment that would severely restrict free speech during elections.  Please immediately contact your U.S. Senators and tell them to OPPOSE Senate Joint Resolution 19.

    You can contact your U.S. Senators by using the “Write Your Lawmakers” tool at www.NRAILA.org.  You may also contact your Senators by phone at (202) 224-3121.