• 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


  • Dates, Times, Locations for All 2017 Legislative Forums

    January 28, 2017

    IFC’s Guide to Talking About Pro-Second Amendment Bills (with Talking Points)

     

    Standing up and talking about pro-Second Amendment legislation is the very best way to help advance our cause. Here’s the times and locations of this weekend’s legislative forums. Get out and make sure your elected officials hear from someone pro-gun!

    Not sure who your legislator is? Use our Legislative Action Center to find out who’s representing your interests in Des Moines.

     

     


    2-10-2017 Senator Edler Jeff R 12:00 PM Marshalltown Fisher Community Center 709 South Center
    2-10-2017 Senator Edler Jeff R 12:00 PM Marshalltown Fisher Commnunity Center 709 South Center
    2-10-2017 Senator Feenstra Randy R 12:00 PM Sioux Center Pizza Ranch 251 North Main Ave #100
    2-10-17 Senator Feenstra Randy R 12:00 PM Sioux City Pizza Ranch 251 N. Main St
    2-10-2017 Senator Johnson Craig R 12:00 PM Sioux Center Pizza Ranch 251 N. Main St
    2-10-2017 Representative Salmon Sandy R 12:00 PM Sioux Center Pizza Ranch 251 N. Main St
    2-11-2017 Senator Rozenboom Ken R 8:30 AM Oskaloosa Smokey Row 109 S. Market, Oskaloosa Area Chamber
    2-11-2017 Senator Danielson Jeff D 10:00 AM Cedar Falls Area Education Agency 267 3712 Cedar Heights Drive Leauge of Women Voters of Black Hawk-Bremer
    2-11-2017 Senator Dotzler Bill D 10:00 AM Cedar Falls Area Education Agency 267 3712 Cedar Heights Drive Leauge of Women Voters of Black Hawk-Bremer
    2-11-2017 Representative McConkey Charlie D 9:00 AM Council Bluffs Wilson Middle School Auditorium 715 North 21st Street Chamber of Commerce
    2-11-2017 Senator Quirmbach Herman D 8:30 AM Ames Ames Leauge of Women Voters
    2-11-2017 Representative Bearinger Bruce D 9:00 AM Fairbank Fairbank Public Library 212 Main St E
    2-11-2017 Representative Bearinger Bruce D 11:00 AM Oelwein Oelwein Public Library 201 E Charles St
    2-11-2017 Representative Breckenridge Wes D 8:00 AM Baxter Baxter Community Center 203 S Main St
    2-11-2017 Representative Brown-Powers Timi D 10:00 AM Cedar Falls Area Education Agency 267 3712 Cedar Heights Dr
    2-11-2017 Senator Dawson Dan R 9:00 AM Council Bluffs Woodrow Wilson Junior High 715 North 21st Street
    2-11-2017 Representative Koester Kevin R 9:00 AM Ankeny Neveln Building, Lunch Room 406 SW School St
    2-11-2017 Representative Kressig Bob D 10:00 AM Cedar Falls Area Education Agency 267 3712 Cedar Heights Dr
    2-11-2017 Representative Landon John R 9:00 AM Ankeny Neveln Building, Lunch Room 406 SW School St
    2-11-2017 Senator Salmon Sandy R 9:00 AM Plainfield Commnunity Room, Plainfield Public Library 723 Main St
    2-11-2017 Senator Salmon Sandy R 11:00 AM Frederika Community Room, Town Hall 111 3rd St.
    2-11-2017 Senator Schneider Charles R 9:30 AM Waukee City Hall 230 W. Hickman Rd
    2-11-2017 Representative Smith Ras D 10:00 AM Cedar Falls Area Education Agency 267 3712 Cedar Heights Dr
    2-11-2017 Representative Taylor Rob R 9:30 AM Waukee City Hall 230 W. Hickman Rd
    2-11-2017 Senator Whitver Jack R 9:00 AM Ankeny Neveln Building, Lunch Room 406 SW School St
    2-13-2017 Representative Anderson Marti D 8:00 AM Des Moines Grounds for Celebration 2645 Beaver Ave
    2-17-2017 Senator Taylor Rich D 12:00 PM Fort Madison Palms Supper Club 4920 Avenue O Fort Madison Chamber of Commerce
    2-18-2017 Senator Kinney Kevin D 10:00 AM Washington Washington County Courthouse 222 West Main Street Washington Chamber of Commerce
    2-18-2017 Senator Taylor Rich D 10:00 AM Washington Washington County Courthouse 222 West Main Street Washington Chamber of Commerce
    2-18-2017 Senator Hogg Rob D 10:30 AM Cedar Rapids Mercy Medical’s Hallagan Center 701 10th St SE League of Women Voters of Linn County
    2-18-2017 Senator Horn Wally D 10:30 AM Cedar Falls Mercy Medical’s Hallagan Center 701 10th St SE League of Women Voters of Linn County
    2-18-2017 Senator Mathis Liz D 10:30 AM Cedar Rapids Mercy Medical’s Hallagan Center 701 10th St SE League of Women Voters of Linn County
    2-18-2017 Representative Breckeridge Wes D 9:00 AM Newton HyVee 1501 1st Ave E. League of Women Voters
    2-18-2017 Senator Bowman Tod D 9:00 AM Anamosa McOtto’s 100 Chamber Drive Jones County Farm Bureau
    2-18-2017 Senator Allen Chaz D 10:00 AM Altoona Altoona HyVee Club Room 108 8th Street SW Altoona Chamber of Commerce
    2-18-2017 Senator Costello Mark R 7:00 AM Red Oak Red Oak YMCA 101 Cherry Street
    2-18-2017 Senator Costello Mark R 9:00 AM Glenwood Glenwood City Hall 5 North Vine Street
    2-18-2017 Representative Hanson Curt D 7:30 AM Fairfield Fairfield Public Library 104 W Adams Ave
    2-18-2017 Senator Taylor Rich D 7:30 AM Fairfield Fairfield Public Library 104 W Adams Ave
    2-20-2017 Representative Anderson Marti D 8:00 AM Des Moines Grounds for Celebration 2645 Beaver Ave
    2-24-2017 Senator Danielson Jeff D 4:30 PM Cedar Falls Area Education Agency 267 3712 Cedar Heights Drive League of Women Voters of Black Hawk-Bremer
    2-24-2017 Senator Dotzler Bill D 4:30 PM Cedar Falls Area Education Agency 267 3712 Cedar Heights Drive League of Women Voters of Black Hawk-Bremer
    2-24-2017 Senator Bowman Tod D 12:00 PM Anamosa Jones County Economic Development 121 E. Main Street Jones County Economic Development
    2-24-2017 Senator Bolkcom Joe D 4:00 PM Iowa City Educational Services Center, Board Room C 1725 N. Dodge St. Iowa City Community School District
    2-24-2017 Senator Dvorsky Bob D 4:00 PM Iowa City Educational Services Center, Board Room C 1725 N. Dodge St. Iowa City Community School District
    2-24-2017 Senator Kinney Kevin D 4:00 PM Iowa City Educational Services Center, Board Room C 1725 N. Dodge St. Iowa City Community School District
    2-24-2017 Representative Brown-Powers Timi D 4:30 PM Cedar Falls Area Education Agency 267 3712 Cedar Heights Dr
    2-24-2017 Senator Costello Mark R 7:00 AM Lenox Lenox City Hall 200 S Main Street
    2-24-2017 Senator Dawson Dan R 9:00 AM Council Bluffs Woodrow Wilson Junior High 715 North 21st Street
    2-24-2017 Representative Kressig Bob D 4:30 PM Cedar Falls Area Education Agency 267 3712 Cedar Heights Dr
    2-24-2017 Representative Smith Ras D 4:30 PM Cedar Falls Area Education Agency 267 3712 Cedar Heights Dr
    2-24-2017 Senator Taylor Rich D 12:00 PM Keokuk Hawkeye Restaurant 105 N Park Dr
    2-25-2017 Senator Bolkcom Joe D 9:30 AM Coralville Coralville City Council Chambers 1512 7th St League of Women Voters of Johnson County
    2-25-2017 Senator Dvorsky Bob D 9:30 AM Coralville Coralville City Council Chambers 1512 7th St League of Women Voters of Johnson County
    2-25-2017 Senator Kinney Kevin D 9:30 AM Coralville Coralville City Council Chambers 1512 7th St League of Women Voters of Johnson County
    2-25-2017 Representative Hanson Curt D 9:00 AM Keosauqua First Street Grille 719 1st St League of Women Voters
    2-25-2017 Representative Jacoby Dave D 9:00 AM Coralville Coralville City Hall 1512 7th St League of Women Voters
    2-25-2017 Representative Lensing Viki D 9:00 AM Coralville Coralville City Hall 1512 7th St League of Women Voters
    2-25-2017 Representative Mascher Mary D 9:00 AM Coralville Coralville City Hall 1512 7th St League of Women Voters
    2-25-2017 Representative Nielsen Amy D 9:00 AM Coralville Coralville City Hall 1512 7th St League of Women Voters
    2-25-2017 Senator Bowman Tod D 9:00 AM Maquoketa Maquoketa City Hall 201 E Pleasant St Jackson County Farm Bureau
    2-25-2017 Representative McConkey Charlie D 9:00 AM Council Bluffs Wilson Middle School Auditorium 715 North 21st Street Chamber of Commerce
    2-25-2017 Representative Thede Phyllis D 10:00 AM Davenport St. Ambrose University 518 Locust St AAUW, ISEA, AFL-CIO, LULAC, QCARA, BPWD,SCFB
    2/25/2017 Representative Bearinger Bruce D 9:00 AM Lamont Common Grounds Coffee House 621 Bush St
    2-25-2017 Representative Breckenridge Wes D 10:00 AM Colfax Colfax Public Library 25 W Division St
    2-25-2017 Senator Costello Mark R 8:00 AM Shenandoah Shenandoah Fire Station 400 W Sheridan Avenue
    2-25-2017 Senator Costello Mark R 10:00 AM Clarinda Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum 122 West Clark Street
    2-25-2017 Senator Costello Mark R 1:00 PM Mount Ayr ISU Extension Office 101 North Polk
    2-25-2017 Senator Garrett Julian R 9:00 AM Winterset Farmers & Merchants State Bank 101 West Jefferson Street
    2-25-2017 Representative Hanson Curt D 12:00 PM Bloomfield Rancho Centinela 102 S Madison St
    2-25-2017 Senator Hart Rita D 10:00 AM Davenport Saint Ambrose University Rogalski Center 518 W Locust Street
    2-25-2017 Senator Lykam Jim D 10:00 AM Davenport Saint Ambrose University Rogalski Center 518 W Locust Street
    2-25-2017 Senator Taylor Rich D 8:00 AM Mt Pleasant Chadwick Library at Iowa Wesleyan University 107 W Broad St
    2-25-2017 Representative Winckler Cindy D 10:00 AM Davenport St. Ambrose University 518 Locust St
    2-25-2017 Senator Mathis Liz D 10:00 AM Marion Marion Public Library 1095 6th Ave
    2-27-2017 Representative Anderson Marti D 8:00 AM Des Moines Grounds for Celebration 2645 Beaver Ave
    3-4-2017 Senator Dvorsky Bob D 9:00 AM Muscatine Muscatine Community College 154 Colorado St Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry
    3-4-2017 Senator Hart Rita D 9:00 AM Clinton Chamber of Commerce 721 S 2nd St Clinton Chamber of Commerce
    3-4-2017 Representative Bearinger Bruce D 9:00 AM Maynard Maynard Public Library 77 Nason St
    3-4-2017 Representative Bearinger Bruce D 11:00 AM Oelwein Oelwein Public Library 201 E Charles St
    3-4-2017 Senator Bowman Tod D 9:30 AM Dubuque Diamond Jo Casino Cracker Barrel 301 Bell Street
    3-4-2017 Representative Breckenridge Wes D 8:00 AM Prairie City Prairie City Public Library 100 E 5th St
    3-4-2017 Senator Jochum Pam D 9:30 AM Dubuque Diamond Jo Casino Cracker Barrel 301 Bell Street
    3-4-2017 Representative McConkey Charlie D 10:00 AM Carter Lake Edward F. Owen Memorial Library 1120 Willow Dr
    3-4-2017 Senator Hart Rita D 11:00 AM De Witt De Witt Community Center 822 6th Avenue
    3-6-2017 Representative Anderson Marti D 8:00 AM Des Moines Grounds for Celebration 2645 Beaver Ave
    3-10-2017 Senator Lykam Jim D 11:30 AM Davenport Holiday Inn Davenport 4215 Elmore Avenue Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
    3-11-2017 Senator Danielson Jeff D 10:00 AM Cedar Falls Area Education Agency 267 3712 Cedar Heights Drive League of Women Voters of Black Hawk-Bremer
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  • Mistaken Matt McCoy on Iowa Gun Law

    January 18, 2017

    Iowa Senator Matt McCoy was recently recorded making numerous false claims about gun law in Iowa. The Polk County Democrat has previously declared “no one should have a gun that can fire more than twelve times in a minute,” which would pretty much limit us to muzzle-loaders.

    Over the span of about seven minutes at a January 15th, 2017 legislative forum Senator McCoy spreads numerous “untruths” about Iowa gun laws. We’ve highlighted and corrected several of his statements below.

    The fact that Senator McCoy, a veteran lawmaker and member of the Iowa Senate Democrats’ leadership team could be so mistaken about Iowa law is beyond belief for most Iowa Firearms Coalition followers. Considering the fact that he is willfully spreading this misinformation is extremely alarming and downright irresponsible because if gun owners in Iowa were to base their actions off his words they could easily end up committing a criminal act.

    Senator McCoy, gun laws can be confusing, we recognize that, but before you “educate” your constituents on gun law in Iowa please, PLEASE make sure you have your facts straight. We’re more than happy to help answer any questions you may have, all you have to do is ask.

    Mistaken Matt McCoy on Stand Your Ground:

    Question: “What can be done about the no limits on guns being proposed?”

    Referring to pending “Stand Your Ground” (SYG) legislation he incorrectly states intent/effect of the bill as:

    If “I’m arguing with somebody and I can turn around and walk away and leave safely, that under [SYG] if I stay and fight and take out my sidearm and shoot that person, who may or may not also be armed with an equal amount of weapons, … I’m entitled to shoot it out.”

    Of course, Stand Your Ground legislation will retain the current and age-old requirement that the use of force against an assailant (not an argumentative stranger) or to prevent a serious crime must be reasonable. Stand Your Ground law merely removes the duty to retreat in the face of aggression in most circumstances. This remedies the current situation wherein a person may in fact use clearly justifiable and reasonable force to repel an attack, yet be indicted and tried for the crime of failing to retreat because the prosecutor alleges that the person could have safely done so. Of course, that prosecutor was not present at the time of the incident and was assuredly not able to properly evaluate the defendant’s necessarily instantaneous decision under the surprise, shock and fear of the moment. That’s Monday morning quarterbacking of the worst kind. By the way, Stand Your Ground applies to the justifiable use of force, up to and including deadly force, of any type. It is in no way restricted to the use of firearms and could apply as well to the use of fists, a knife, a club or a rock.

    Mistaken Matt McCoy on Youth Shooting in Iowa:

    “They have another bill, that, um… would allow children under the age of 12 [14, actually, Senator] to be able to fire semi-automatic or AK-47s [they can do THAT now, Senator, with parental permission] or, you know, Glocks, which can hold up to 50 rounds… and, uh, I just think that pistols and children… I just… Does anybody see that as a good idea?”

    The Senator then cites some un-sourced statistics claiming that 45% of Iowa homes contain a loaded gun, that “a third” of those homes have children under the age of twelve, that 75% of those children know where the gun is kept and that 37% of those children claim to have handled the gun “at one time or another”. To hear the Senator tell this tale, it sounds somewhat concerning – and, of course, IFC advocates strongly for safe handling, storage and training regarding guns in the home. However, Senator McCoy leaves out three important points: 1.) If his math is correct, of all the children under the age of twelve in every 100 Iowa homes, only four of them have handled a gun at any time without parental supervision.; 2.) While every death or injury of a child is tragic, a recent study (Jan. 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014) showed that fewer than three children were killed and three injured annually in Iowa by accidental gunshot. It is NOT clear that these incidents all involved a child accessing a firearm; 3.) Iowa law already makes it a crime punishable by up to one year in jail for allowing a child unauthorized access to a firearm.

    IFC strongly supports the right and responsibility of Iowa parents to address the need and suitability for firearms safety and proficiency training in the home. End of story.

    Senator McCoy continues with this gem:

    “The odds are, like, 1000% that if you have a loaded gun in your house the gun will be used against you or somebody in your household, either accidentally or deliberately and if you have children, that’s like setting a gasoline can next to a water heater.”

    This is a completely unsupportable – and mathematically impossible – contention. By the Senators own statistics, about 15% of Iowa’s homes have “loaded guns” and children under the age of twelve. With “1000%” odds, where are all the explosions?

    Mistaken Matt McCoy’s full statement on gun law in Iowa:

    After all this, Senator McCoy reminds the audience that “Iowa has a lot of people that enjoy hunting” and that he “plans” to increase the availability of “public lands for public hunting”. Well, that will make it all better!

    The Senator attempted to sum up his position by saying that “people with “these extreme positions on guns are out of touch with average Iowans” and that “we can have hunting and reasonable laws protecting children” without “turning Iowa into the Wild West”.

    Things went a little off the track at that point though, when a woman in the audience shouted out: “But Brownells are in Grinnell and they want the gun laws to be as silly as they can be!

    Senator McCoy responded: “Well, I’m glad you mentioned that, Ma’am. Since the ban was lifted on AK-47s, we’ve made about nine million of them in America. … So, so, one of the things that I’ve found is these high magazine weapons have been in a lot of the attacks, um…, are the weapon of choice for cowards that go into a room full of unarmed people and indiscriminately start shooting and, um…, and so I think limiting the amount of magazines to ten is reasonable and I think that if a buck goes over a hill and can’t, uh, be hit with ten, uh, shots then you’re not worth your salt as a hunter. So if it’s really about, uh, um, sporting, then, then let’s limit the magazines to ten.”

    Of course, Senator McCoy has previously stated that “no one should have a gun that can fire more than twelve times in a minute”, which would pretty much limit us to muzzle-loaders.

    So there are the highlights, but if you really want to appreciate how Senator McCoy feels about responsible Iowa firearms owners like the members of IFC, please listen to the recording, which is a little over seven minutes long.