• Week 6 Update | The Funnel Is Coming

    February 19, 2017

    Week 6 Update
    The Funnel Is Coming

    There’s less than two weeks until the first legislative funnel of the year. What is the “funnel” and why does it matter? The funnel is essentially a deadline in the legislature. If a bill fails to make enough progress by the funnel date it’s considered dead for the year. It’s a way for lawmakers to keep focused on bills that have potential for passage and keep them from getting bogged down by an unending barrage of new bills.

    The first funnel is March 3rd. We need our bills out of committee by this date. So far we’ve seen a lot of pro-gun owner bills introduced but what we haven’t seen is any of them advancing out of committee. We’re getting down to crunch time, less than two weeks until the first funnel. We fully expect to see a lot of activity on gun-related bills in the next couple of weeks. We’ll be emailing you with updates and directions on how to help as things develop.

    PETITION – The Iowa Constitution Has No 2nd Amendment – FIX THIS!

    In the mean time please sign our petition in support of adding the Right to Keep and Bear Arms to the Iowa Constitution.

    If you haven’t heard by now Iowa is one of only six states whose constitution does not guarantee it’s citizens’ right to keep and bear arms. In short, there’s no version of the Second Amendment in the Iowa Constitution. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize this is a major problem.

    Stand Your Ground, Constitutional Carry, Concealed Carry, Open Carry, suppressors, SBRs, the freedom to simply own a gun in Iowa — ALL OF IT, it all requires that your Right to Keep and Bear Arms is written in the state constitution. Currently we have no such protection in here in Iowa. Without this amendment a runaway legislature or activist judges on the Iowa Supreme Court could quickly wipe out all the liberties we currently enjoy.

    Please encourage your freedom loving friends and family members to sign this petition and start voicing their support. Iowans need and deserve to have their freedoms protected by the Iowa Constitution!

    UPDATE: Second Amendment Day – March 7th

    We’ve been telling you for weeks, this year’s Second Amendment Day is being held on March 7th at the Iowa Capitol, apparently word is getting around and now anti-gunners are feeling intimidated.

    Moms Demand Action just scheduled their “Lobby Day” for March 8th, the day after our Second Amendment Day. We’re sure these Bloomberg gun control advocates will say their scheduling is purely coincidental, but no matter what they claim it’s important that you join us on March 7th and send a strong message to Iowa’s lawmakers:

    “Iowans want their freedoms left alone and we certainly don’t want some out-of-state billionaire telling us how to live our lives!”

    March 7th – Second Amendment Day in the Capitol – Be there!

    More updates to come, stand ready folks!

    Thank you for continuing to support the Iowa Firearms Coalition!

  • 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. 

  • Review & Preview – Week 10 of Iowa’s Legislative Session

    March 22, 2015

    The contest for ages has been to rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power.

    -Daniel Webster

    The Clock is Ticking for SF425
    Key Iowa Senators have lost sight what Omnibus Gun Bill accomplishes
    Email your Senator – “Who Do You Trust More: Iowans or Out-of-State Lobbyists?”

    Week 10 recap:

    Week 10 saw little action in the Iowa Senate on SF425. While the powers that be continue to avoid this bill and hide their heads in the sand, the battle rages on outside the Senate chambers. As we explained last week a slew of out-of-state lobbyists and gun control groups have flocked to Iowa in an all out last-ditch effort to stop the Omnibus Gun Bill. What started out as a grassroots push to protect and enhance the Second Amendment rights of Iowans has suddenly morphed into a battle royale that pits Iowans against numerous billionaire funded national gun control groups.

    Unfortunately in the last week a few key Senators have forgotten who they’re in Des Moines to represent. With just a few whispers in their ear they’ve lost sight of the facts. The Omnibus Gun Bill has already passed 5 landslide votes in the legislature. It’s backed by Iowa law enforcement. It protects the private information of hundreds of thousands of Iowans. It allows Iowans to legally teach their children proper gun safety. And most importantly this bill is backed by an overwhelming number of everyday Iowans.

    What you need to know for week 11:

    This is crunch time. The second funnel date is April 3rd. For those that don’t remember, the funnel is a legislative deadline. In this case, a bill has to be approved by both chambers by April 3rd or it is considered dead for the year. We’ve already passed the House of Representatives by a huge margin. Now we just need the Senate to do its job, then this bill is off to the Governor’s desk.

    With two weeks to go, there’s literally no time to waste. We’re clicking on all cylinders, and we cannot let off the gas now.

    Our volunteers will be in the capitol everyday working to push this bill forward. Their efforts can only take this so far though. We need a strong showing from you if we’re going to be able to get this to a vote.

    Keep calling.​ Keep emailing. Keep spreading the word about SF425 – It’s time for a vote!!!

    The future of the Omnibus Gun Bill, and the next two weeks can be summed up like this:Grassroots Iowa firearms owners vs. big money out-of-state gun control groups. We need you to remain active, and bring as many of your family and friends into this as possible.

    What you can do right now:

    Call the Senate switchboard, leave a message for your Senator. Tell them you want to see SF425 brought to a vote in its original form!

    The number is 515-281-3371. You can only leave messages while the Senate is active. It’ll be Monday afternoon before they start work again and you can leave a message. Please make every effort to make a call. Politely ask the switchboard operator for the Senator you wish to talk to and they’ll connect you. We’ve created a few talking points if you’re not sure what to say.

    In the mean time, you can use our Legislative Action Center to send another email to remind the Senate they’re there to represent Iowans.

    Of course we’ll be emailing you if there’s any critical updates on SF425. If you’re looking for more information we’re posting regular updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as our website IowaFC.org throughout the week.

     

    Finally, the Iowa Firearms Coalition’s leadership would like to sincerely thank you for all the work you guys do. It’s truly amazing seeing so many people rally to our cause. It’s impossible to know the outcome of all this, but know that we’re genuinely thankful for your support. Most politicians would rather avoid Second Amendment issues, but around the capitol IFC members have a reputation as a class act, and that makes a real difference when it comes to advancing our cause.

    We’re going toe-to-toe with some formidable adversaries. There’s still a lot of fighting to be done, and your continued support really is making a world of difference.

     

    Fighting for your Second Amendment rights,
    Sheena Green
    IFC Communications Director
    NRA member


    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.

  • Facts for the Senate on SF425

    March 20, 2015
    Iowa Police or Mom Demand Action. Who would you think knows more about fighting crime?

    When you are in danger who would you rather call? The police -OR- a mom that demands action?

     

    Call the Senate switchboard, leave a message for your Senator. Tell them you want to see SF425 brought to a vote in its original form! The number is 515-281-3371.

     

    What the anti-gunners are not telling you

    1) This bill actually increases penalties for straw purchasers and anyone that presents false information when trying to buy a gun in Iowa. Makes it a class D felony.

    2) Gives parents, instructors, and coaches the ability to teach minors proper gun safety at a young age.
    -You are currently breaking the law if you take anyone under the age of 14 shooting with a handgun.
    -Education is the key. You can’t legislate gun safety. It must be taught, and the younger we teach our kids the better.
    -You shouldn’t be committing a criminal act while teaching your kids proper gun safety.

    3) SF425 makes shooting and hunting safer in Iowa by legalizing suppressors (reduces the threat of irreparable hearing damage).
    -They are NOT silencers, despite what Hollywood would have you believe
    -Legal in 39 other states already, and regulated by the Federal gov’t/ATF
    -No recorded evidence of a suppressor being used in a crime anywhere in the US.

    4) Protects the private information of gun owners and permit to carry holders.
    -Makes it illegal to share the private information of permit holders.
    -This has happened before in Iowa and elsewhere. CityView newspaper (in Des Moines) has published the names of 5,000+ permit holders. Paper in New York published the names and addresses of permit holders — WITH AN INTERACTIVE MAP to their homes.
    -This irresponsible behavior gives criminals a treasure map to guns. And on the flip side shows everyone who’s not armed and indefensible.

     

    Will you stand alongside Iowa’s firearms owners and law enforcement and vote yes on SF425 in its current form?

     

    Addressing the misinformation spread by anti-gunners

    SF425 is a culmination of several groups coming together.

    -Iowa Police Chiefs Association
    -Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association
    -Iowa Peace Officers Association
    -NRA
    -Iowa Firearms Coalition
    -Several Iowa legislators
    -and more

     

    Dear Mr./Mrs. Senator

    Who do you trust more: Iowa law enforcement & hundreds of thousands of lawful Iowans -OR- out-of-state lobbyists?

    Ask yourself, why would Iowa police have anything to do with a bill that would make Iowan’s less safe?

    Who do your constituents expect you to trust?

     

    Despite what the anti-gunners say about background checks, Iowa will remain in compliance with federal gun laws.

    It’s illegal for anyone to sell or transfer a firearm to a prohibited person (felons/domestic abusers/etc.) – this will not change under SF425.


    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.

  • Week 8 in the Iowa Legislature – Keep the Omnibus Bill in its Original Form

    March 8, 2015

    “God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it.”

    – Daniel Webster

    Phase 1 Complete:
    Omnibus Gun Bill Passes the First Funnel
    New Threats Emerging

    Take action now – Use our newest Advocacy Campaign to contact the legislature.

    Week 8 recap:

    The last time we emailed you we were just announcing the “Omnibus Gun Bills,” also known as HSB201 and SSB1251. In the last week we’ve seen the Omnibus Gun Bills:

    • Introduced in both the House and Senate.
    • Receive unanimous, bi-partisan passage in judiciary subcommittees in both the House and Senate.
    • Come under a heavy assault from the media and gun control zealots.
    • Pass the House Judiciary Committee by a 19-2 vote (with Republicans & Democrats voting yes).
    • Pass the Senate Judiciary Committee by a 10-3 vote (with Republicans & Democrats voting yes).


    We’ve passed our first major milestone, and it truly would not have been possible without your support. This week you responded more than once with little or no advance notice. We’ve created a day-by-day recap of how the Omnibus Gun Bills survived their first major challenges of the legislative session. It’s because of your support that the Omnibus Gun Bills have been able to make it this far. We are truly humbled and grateful to have your support.

    What you need to know for week 9:

    The Omnibus Gun Bills now enter a new and much more dangerous stage of the legislative session. This may very well be the most critical point of the 2015 legislative session.

    You should know that we’re not the only organization backing these bills. The NRA, the American Suppressor association, and several law enforcement groups are all pushing to get these bills signed into law as well. The Omnibus Gun Bills have been carefully crafted to include everything we can possibly get signed into law. They’re not perfect, there are a lot of other things we’d love to include. But the reality of the situation is the legislature is not ready to pass everything we want.

    These bills include everything that’s capable of being passed right now. We cannot let perfection get in the way of doing what’s possible right now.

    There’s a slight difference between HSB201 and SSB1251. The content of the bills are the exact same, but the wording is slightly different. It will take an amendment to make the wording of these bills exactly the same. We know that anti-gunners of all forms are also trying to get this bill amended and make it un-passable.

    Let us be absolutely clear: Any attempt to alter, or even add to the content of Omnibus Gun Bills will KILL THESE BILLS.

    Because there are so many groups involved with these bills, if the content changes in any manner other than syncing up the language, key groups will pull their support. Should that happen these bills are dead on arrival.

    Gun owner privacy protection – updates to concealed carry – repealing the ban on supervised youth handgun shooting – legalizing suppressors – it all disappears in the blink of an eye if the content of these bills get changed.

    We’ve worked behind the scenes for months crafting these bills. If we continue to see the level of support we’ve seen in the last week, they stand a very good chance of being passed. This is why we cannot allow them to be altered.

    We’ve drafted a new “Pass the Omnibus Gun Bills WITHOUT ALTERATION” Advocacy Campaign to tell the legislature to pass these bills as is. This may be the most critical point of the 2015 legislative session. We cannot allow anti-gunners or anyone else to monkey around with these bills.

    Please do everything you can to help us protect these bills. Let’s stay the course, and see this through.

    What you can do right now:

    Tell your legislators to keep the Omnibus Gun Bills in their original form. Changes to these bills are UNACCEPTABLE.

    Fighting for your Second Amendment rights in Iowa,
    Sheena Green
    IFC Communications Director
    NRA Member

  • Review & Preview – Week 7 of Iowa’s Legislative Session

    March 1, 2015

    “A man’s rights rest in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box.”
    -Frederick Douglas

    Week 7 recap:

    For weeks that we’ve been telling you we’ve been working behind the scenes on strong pro-gun owner legislation. The details are not 100% final just yet, but it’s time to go public.

    We plan to legalize suppressors and fix many issues that have plagued Iowa’s firearms owners for years.

    This week we expect Representative Matt Windschitl to introduce a wide-ranging omnibus bill that addresses many issues the Iowa Firearms Coalition has raised over the years. Legalizing suppressors is the most high profile portion of this bill, but it also repeals the ban on youth shooting in Iowa, fixes concealed carry training and recertification issues, and much more.

    We’ve posted Matt’s run down of everything that’s in the bill on our website.

    What you need to know for week 8:

    Major deadline looming!
    The first major deadline of the legislative session is just days away. The first funnel is Friday March 6th. In order to be signed into law a bill must pass out of it’s first committee assignment by the first funnel date – March 6th this year.

    Once the omnibus bill is introduced it’ll have very little time to pass out of committee. It’s imperative that we act fast, and we’re counting on you to show lawmakers that we mean it when we say thousands of Iowan’s are serious about protecting and enhancing our Second Amendment rights. This means calling and emailing legislators, and getting family and friends to do the same. We’ll have detailed instructions on what to do as soon as the bill is filed.

    Fight against ATF M855 ban continues.
    Thousands of you have used our pre-written emails to show the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives that you oppose their ban on M855 ammunition.

    Now we’ve made it easy to email your legislators in Washington D.C. to tell them to do their part to block this ban. Iowa Senator Charles Grassley has already pledged to use his position as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to fight the BATFE’s latest infringement.

    What you can do right now:

    Prepare for action
    We expect to see a major pro-gun owner bill introduced this week. As soon as it’s filed we’ll be emailing you detailed instructions on who to call, who to email, and what to say. Time is short, so when we put out the call don’t delay.

    Tell lawmakers to fight BATFE ban on M855
    We’ve set up a “one stop shop” on our website providing you with tools to take action, and get informed on the fight to stop the ban on M855 ammunition.

    Become a member – major discounts now available
    Just a few days left on our lifetime membership offer – 40% off! Can’t afford a lifetime membership? No problem, we offer annual memberships too. Remember, we’re an all volunteer organization, we don’t get paid for the work we do and we don’t waste your money on a bunch of marketing and print material. You can rest assured 100% of your membership money goes to protecting and enhancing your Second Amendment rights.

    Stay tuned for more important updates!

    Fighting for your Second Amendment rights in Iowa,
    Sheena Green
    IFC Communications Director
    NRA Member


    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.