• Rob Hogg Loses Primary, Left Urges Run for Governor??

    June 8, 2016

    Hogg for Governor

    Hogg for Attorney General?

    Hogg for Governor?!?

    Last night Rob Hogg lost his statewide primary race for US Senate, but that’s not stopping many Iowa liberals from pushing Hogg to seek a promotion from the Iowa Senate. Hogg was running against former Lt. Governor Patty Judge and lost by nearly eight percent. Judge will now face Iowa’s current Senator, Republican Charles Grassley in November’s general election.

    Even though Hogg’s race was not all that close many progressives, liberals and Democrats are looking to Hogg to run for higher office. If you’re reading this page, there are good odds that you already know who Rob Hogg is. A state level Senator from Cedar Rapids. The former chair of the Iowa Senate’s Judiciary Committee. And a noted anti-gun Democrat who has no qualms about using his leadership position to kill pro-Second Amendment bills without a vote simply because he sees “nothing urgent about this.”

    The left-leaning Iowa political blog Bleeding Heartland had this to say about Hogg’s political future: “State Senator Rob Hogg would be an excellent candidate for Iowa attorney general in 2018. Though incumbent Tom Miller has not disclosed his plans, he has reportedly told many Iowa Democrats privately that he does not plan to seek a tenth (!) term…”

    For those of you paying attention, Tom Miller, Iowa’s sitting Attorney General is an avowed anti-gunner. He’s openly encouraged Iowa communities to challenge Iowa’s preemption laws and illegally ban lawful carry of firearms on publicly owned property. He’s even gone out of his way to file an amicus brief in favor of New York State’s SAFE Act.

    The thought of Tom Miller being elected nine times should be enough to make gun owners in Iowa pay attention to down ticket races. But the thought of Rob Hogg serving as Iowa’s next Attorney General ought to be even more attention grabbing.

    The message is simple folks: you need to do your homework on each and every race in each and every election.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition, and our political action committee IFC-PAC are working harder than any other group in the state to make sure elected officials in Iowa stay true to our right to keep and bear arms and do not infringe on your freedoms. But all of our hard work amounts to nothing if you, the people of Iowa fail to do your part. You need to do your homework on candidates. What’s more, if you truly want to see our cause advanced, if you want to see your Second Amendment rights protected and enhanced, you need to get involved.

    Unfortunately, anti-gunners in Iowa aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. We’ve made real, measurable progress this year. But right now you can bet gun control pushers are doing everything they can to swing the pendulum back the other direction. That includes trying to get anti-gun politicians like Rob Hogg elected to higher office.

    Don’t believe us? Here’s an update to original Bleeding Heartland post we quoted above:

    “UPDATE: Several readers have suggested Hogg should run for governor in 2018. He would be a strong contender for the position too.”

    Rob Hogg for governor in 2018.

    Take a second and think about that.

    Now ask yourself, “What am I doing to protect my right to keep bear arms?”

    If it takes you more than ten seconds to come up with a legitimate answer, we suggest visiting www.IFCPAC.com.


    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. 

  • Iowa gun legislation update – Week 11

    March 27, 2016
    Legislative update week 11

    Happy Easter Iowans!

    You’ve probably heard by now, but just days ago the House of Representatives approved a Senate amendment to the Hearing Protection Act. As we’ve mentioned previously this amendment was merely grammatical and the intent of HF2279 remains intact. This means the Hearing Protection Act awaiting Governor Branstad’s signature and is scheduled to be signed into law this week!

    Last week the House also approved a Senate amendment to the ATV Carry Act. This bill was pared down significantly by Senate Democrats. While the Iowa Firearms Coalition opposed the Senate’s amendment from the very beginning the legislature opted to move forward on their own.

    This bill is not ideal, we recognize that, but it is a significant step forward. When this bill is signed into law (and we do expect that to happen) Iowans with a Permit to Carry will finally be allowed to carry pistols and revolvers when riding ATVs, snowmobiles and other unlicensed vehicles. Is this amended bill perfect? No. But it makes things better than what they were for tens of thousands of Iowans, and that’s real, tangible progress.

    For more about what the amended version of the HF2283 does and does not do, visit our page about the 2016 ATV Carry Act.

    Also, don’t forget, the Privacy Protection Act, HF2314, is still in play in the Senate. This bill is arguably the most important gun owner bill that has made it through the committee process. HF2314 would serve more than a quarter million Iowans who have either a Permit to Carry or Permit to Aqcuire by making their personal information private from mass media. There is a problem though, Senate Democrats have once again attached an amendment in an effort to stymie this bill. The Senate has yet to vote on the Privacy Protection Act. If HF2314 is brough to the Senate floor for debate and a vote you can count on us to give you a heads up.

    Don’t forget, IFC life memberships are on sale through May 1st. $500 marked down to $300. Visit membership.iowafc.org/ to support the Iowa Firearms Coalition and become a member. If you can’t afford a life membership you can always become an annual member for $35. Use the coupon code “Suppressors2016” to receive your life membership discount. NOTE: if you’re a current IFC member looking to upgrade to a life membership email us at “membership@iowafc.org” to apply your coupon code.

    Thank you for your support of the Iowa Firearms Coalition! 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. 

  • Restore the Iowa National Guard’s Ability to Carry

    July 21, 2015
    It's time to restore the Iowa National Guard's right to carry.

    It’s time to restore the Iowa National Guard’s right to carry.

     

    Use our pre-written email to urge Governor Branstad to re-arm the Iowa National Guard today

     

    After the July 16th murder of four US Marines and one sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee governors of seven states — Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin — have issued orders that members of their state’s National Guard be armed in the wake of yet another domestic terrorist attack targeting US service members.

    It’s high time Iowa’s National Guard has their ability to carry restored.

    Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has right and the ability to re-arm Iowa’s Guardsmen. Monday, July 20th, Branstad issued a statement calling for “Federal cooperation to address the issue nationally.”

    Naturally, we’d love see all US troops given the right to carry, but frankly considering the current administration’s stance towards the Second Amendment, this appears unlikely. While we can’t realistically expect a change on a national level, action can still be taken closer to home.

    Governor Branstad has asked Major General Timothy Orr of the Iowa National Guard to “assess the protection for those working at the Guard’s military facilities and recruitment sites.”

    It doesn’t take much assessment to see American troops on US soil are being specifically targeted. What’s worse, a combination of archaic out of date orders and “Gun Free Zones” prevent our nation’s warriors from being able to defend themselves here at home.

    It’s time for change, and it’s time that change starts here in Iowa.

    Carrying a firearm won’t make members of the Iowa National Guard invincible. But it will give them a fighting chance when radicals like Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, or Nidal Malik Hasan, or lunatics like Aaron Alexis start terrorizing US military bases and recruiting stations.

    Please contact Governor Terry Branstad’s office and tell him “Re-arm the Iowa National Guard. I don’t want to see what happened in Chattanooga happen in Iowa.”

    IFC’s pre-written email to the governor takes less than 60 seconds to send. Please sign and share!

     

    Governor Terry Branstad
    1007 East Grand Ave.
    Des Moines, Iowa 50319

    Phone: 515-281-5211

     


    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.