• Active Gun Bills in Iowa – Who voted For & Against

    February 9, 2016

    Below you’ll find the voting record for all four of the February 4th committee votes on pro gun owner bills.

    We’ve included who was for and who was against each bill, as well as each legislator’s email address. We encourage you to email all those who were in favor of these bills and thank them for supporting your rights and the rights of Iowans.

    If you choose to email those who voted against any of these bills please maintain a respectful tone while expressing your displeasure with their vote. We know for a fact that gun control advocates are looking for any reason they can find to label us as radical, so we must do everything we can to prove them wrong. That includes the manner in which we interact with those of differing viewpoints. In short, we’re all adults so let’s act like it.


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    Youth Safety & Parental Rights Act – HF2042

    House of Representatives: Judiciary Committee vote February 4th

    Passed 17-4

    Nay votes:

    Marti Anderson (D, District 36) – marti.anderson@legis.iowa.gov
    Brian Meyer (D, District 33) – brian.meyer@legis.iowa.gov
    Jo Oldson (D, District 41) – jo.oldson@legis.iowa.gov
    Todd Prichard (D, District 52) – todd.prichard@legis.iowa.gov

    Aye votes:

    Chip Baltimore (R, District 47), Chair – chip.baltimore@legis.iowa.gov
    Stan Gustafson (R, District 25), Vice Chair – stan.gustafson@legis.iowa.gov
    Mary Lynn Wolfe (D, District 98), Ranking Member – mary.wolfe@legis.iowa.gov
    Terry C. Baxter (R, District 8) – Terry.Baxter@legis.iowa.gov
    Deborah L. Berry (D, District 62) – deborah.berry@legis.iowa.gov
    Darrel Branhagen (R, District 55) – Darrel.Branhagen@legis.iowa.gov
    Dave Dawson (D, District 14) – dave.dawson@legis.iowa.gov
    Greg Heartsill (R, District 28) – greg.heartsill@legis.iowa.gov
    David E. Heaton (R, District 84) – dave.heaton@legis.iowa.gov
    Megan Jones (R, District 2) – megan.jones@legis.iowa.gov
    Bobby Kaufmann (R, District 73) – bobby.kaufmann@legis.iowa.gov
    Zach Nunn (R, District 30) – Zach.Nunn@legis.iowa.gov
    Rick Olson (D, District 31) – rick.olson@legis.iowa.gov
    Kraig Paulsen (R, District 67) – kraig.paulsen@legis.iowa.gov
    Ken Rizer (R, District 68) – Ken.Rizer@legis.iowa.gov
    Walt Rogers (R, District 60) – walt.rogers@legis.iowa.gov
    Matt W. Windschitl (R, District 17) – matt.windschitl@legis.iowa.gov

    Hearing Protection Act – HF2043

    House of Representatives: Judiciary Committee vote February 4th

    Passed 18-3

    Nay Votes:

    Marti Anderson (D, District 36) – marti.anderson@legis.iowa.gov
    Deborah L. Berry (D, District 62) – deborah.berry@legis.iowa.gov
    Jo Oldson (D, District 41) – jo.oldson@legis.iowa.gov

    Aye votes:

    Chip Baltimore (R, District 47), Chair – chip.baltimore@legis.iowa.gov
    Stan Gustafson (R, District 25), Vice Chair – stan.gustafson@legis.iowa.gov
    Mary Lynn Wolfe (D, District 98), Ranking Member – mary.wolfe@legis.iowa.gov
    Terry C. Baxter (R, District 8) – Terry.Baxter@legis.iowa.gov
    Darrel Branhagen (R, District 55) – Darrel.Branhagen@legis.iowa.gov
    Dave Dawson (D, District 14) – dave.dawson@legis.iowa.gov
    Greg Heartsill (R, District 28) – greg.heartsill@legis.iowa.gov
    David E. Heaton (R, District 84) – dave.heaton@legis.iowa.gov
    Megan Jones (R, District 2) – megan.jones@legis.iowa.gov
    Bobby Kaufmann (R, District 73) – bobby.kaufmann@legis.iowa.gov
    Brian Meyer (D, District 33) – brian.meyer@legis.iowa.gov
    Zach Nunn (R, District 30) – Zach.Nunn@legis.iowa.gov
    Rick Olson (D, District 31) – rick.olson@legis.iowa.gov
    Kraig Paulsen (R, District 67) – kraig.paulsen@legis.iowa.gov
    Todd Prichard (D, District 52) – todd.prichard@legis.iowa.gov
    Ken Rizer (R, District 68) – Ken.Rizer@legis.iowa.gov
    Walt Rogers (R, District 60) – walt.rogers@legis.iowa.gov
    Matt W. Windschitl (R, District 17) – matt.windschitl@legis.iowa.go

    Emergency Protection Act – HF2044

    House of Representatives: Judiciary Committee vote February 4th

    Passed 17-4

    Nay Votes:

    Marti Anderson (D, District 36) – marti.anderson@legis.iowa.gov
    Deborah L. Berry (D, District 62) – deborah.berry@legis.iowa.gov
    Jo Oldson (D, District 41) – jo.oldson@legis.iowa.gov
    Rick Olson (D, District 31) – rick.olson@legis.iowa.gov

    Aye votes:

    Chip Baltimore (R, District 47), Chair – chip.baltimore@legis.iowa.gov
    Stan Gustafson (R, District 25), Vice Chair – stan.gustafson@legis.iowa.gov
    Mary Lynn Wolfe (D, District 98), Ranking Member – mary.wolfe@legis.iowa.gov
    Terry C. Baxter (R, District 8) – Terry.Baxter@legis.iowa.gov
    Darrel Branhagen (R, District 55) – Darrel.Branhagen@legis.iowa.gov
    Dave Dawson (D, District 14) – dave.dawson@legis.iowa.gov
    Greg Heartsill (R, District 28) – greg.heartsill@legis.iowa.gov
    David E. Heaton (R, District 84) – dave.heaton@legis.iowa.gov
    Megan Jones (R, District 2) – megan.jones@legis.iowa.gov
    Bobby Kaufmann (R, District 73) – bobby.kaufmann@legis.iowa.gov
    Brian Meyer (D, District 33) – brian.meyer@legis.iowa.gov
    Zach Nunn (R, District 30) – Zach.Nunn@legis.iowa.gov
    Kraig Paulsen (R, District 67) – kraig.paulsen@legis.iowa.gov
    Todd Prichard (D, District 52) – todd.prichard@legis.iowa.gov
    Ken Rizer (R, District 68) – Ken.Rizer@legis.iowa.gov
    Walt Rogers (R, District 60) – walt.rogers@legis.iowa.gov
    Matt W. Windschitl (R, District 17) – matt.windschitl@legis.iowa.gov

    ATV Carry Act – HF2066

    House of Representatives: Natural Resources Committee vote February 4th

    Passed 17-1

    Nay votes:

    Lisa Heddens (D, District 46)– lisa.heddens@legis.iowa.gov

    Aye votes:

    Brian Moore (R, District 58), Chair – brian.moore@legis.iowa.gov
    Dean Fisher (R, District 72), Vice Chair – dean.fisher@legis.iowa.gov
    Curt Hanson (D, District 82), Ranking Member – curt.hanson@legis.iowa.gov
    Rob Bacon (R, District 48) – rob.bacon@legis.iowa.gov
    Clel Baudler (R, District 20) – clel.baudler@legis.iowa.gov
    Liz Bennett (D, District 65) – Liz.Bennett@legis.iowa.gov
    Brian Best (R, District 12) – Brian.Best@legis.iowa.gov
    Chris Hall (D, District 13) – chris.hall@legis.iowa.gov
    Daniel A. Huseman (R, District 3) – dan.huseman@legis.iowa.gov
    Jarad J. Klein (R, District 78) – jarad.klein@legis.iowa.gov
    Kevin Koester (R, District 38) – kevin.koester@legis.iowa.gov
    Dave Maxwell (R, District 76) – dave.maxwell@legis.iowa.gov
    Helen Miller (D, District 9) – helen.miller@legis.iowa.gov
    Norlin Mommsen (R, District 97) – Norlin.Mommsen@legis.iowa.gov
    Scott Ourth (D, District 26) – scott.ourth@legis.iowa.gov
    Ross Paustian (R, District 92) – Ross.Paustian@legis.iowa.gov
    John H. Wills (R, District 1) – John.Wills@legis.iowa.gov

    Absent:

    Jim Lykam (D, District 89) – jim.lykam@legis.iowa.gov
    Patti Ruff (D, District 56) – patti.ruff@legis.iowa.gov
    Phyllis Thede (D, District 93) – phyllis.thede@legis.iowa.gov


    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 Senate, “Let the Democratic Process Proceed Today”

    March 26, 2015

    NOTE: This email to the Senate majority leaders was shared with us in hopes that it’d inspire others in Iowa to write to the Senate leaders and urge them to bring SF425 to a vote. It is a perfect example of a well thought out, respectful message that takes the leadership to task for ignoring the facts about SF425.

    Please consider using this as a guide and writing your own version. We’re encouraging Iowans to write their home Senator as well as the Senate majority leaders:

    pam.jochum@legis.iowa.gov,
    steve.sodders@legis.iowa.gov,
    mike.gronstal@legis.iowa.gov,
    joe.bolkcom@legis.iowa.gov

    We’ll be sharing more emails and notes from our members and followers, so if you have a good one please share it with us!

    P.S. Don’t forget to sign and share our petition calling on the leadership to do their jobs and listen to the people of Iowa!

     

     

    Dear Senators,

    While I reside in Senator Bolkcom’s district, I am writing to you all to urge that SF425 be brought to a vote, as is, today. It is my understanding that there is wide bi-partisan agreement
     on this bill, it has the support of law enforcement statewide, and would benefit many law-abiding Iowa citizens and families.

    Can anyone explain why this has not yet come for a vote? I would like to share your response with my numerous friends and colleagues, who are also wondering. Based on all I have read in several media outlets, the conclusion must be drawn that the biases of individual senators are at play in the stalling of this vote.

    Thank you for reading this email. Again, please allow SF425 to come to a vote and let the democratic process proceed today with the vote it deserves. Failure to allow a vote on this bill, which has passed 5 landslide votes already, is terribly disrespectful to the citizens of Iowa and the legislative process itself.

    Theresa Dunnington

     


    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.

  • 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.

  • New Advocacy Campaign Activated – “It’s Time for a Vote on SF425!”

    March 13, 2015
    You shouldn't be a criminal for teaching your daughter gun safety. It's time for a vote on SF425!

    You should not end up a criminal because you taught your daughter gun safety. Responsible parents in Iowa need SF425. It’s time for a vote!

    It’s time for a vote on SF425!

    We’ve just updated our Legislative Action Center with a new Advocacy Campaign titled “It’s time for a vote on SF425!”

    Please send another round of emails to your Senator. It should take less than 60 seconds. Then please share this link with anyone who values their Second Amendment rights.

    Dear Senator, the time is now

    There’s an overwhelming number of Iowan’s who want see SF425, the Omnibus Gun Bill, come to a vote in the Senate.

    This week Iowa’s House of Representatives listened to their constituents and passed their version of the Omnibus Gun Bill by a landslide – 75 votes to 24. Republicans and Democrats rallied around this bill. There was not a single word of opposition on the House floor. Now it’s time for the Senate to do the same. The Omnibus Gun Bill has also passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with broad support from both sides of the aisle. Adopt the House version and let’s put this to a vote!

    Why wait?

    SF425 protects firearms owners in Iowa from having their private information from being broadcast for the whole world to see.

    It gives parents the right to raise their families as they see fit, and the freedom to teach their kids how to safely handle all firearms without the threat of becoming a criminal.

    It brings Iowa in line with the 39 other states that give their residents the freedom to purchase suppressors.

    It even increases the penalties for anyone caught making an illegal firearms purchase.

    Despite what the Michael Bloomberg nanny-state drones say, Iowa law is – and will remain – fully compliant with federal firearms law, even under the changes in SF425.

    It’s time for a vote on 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.

  • ATF Reverses Course, Will Not Ban M855

    March 10, 2015

     

    Over 80,000 Americans weighed in in a matter of a few short weeks

    BATFE calls of ban on M855 – for now

    The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has announced they will not be banning M855 ammunition at this time.

    In a statement put out just a short time ago the BATFE admitted to hearing a tidal wave of opposition. More than 80,000 comments in a matter of just a few short weeks. Among those comments were emails from several thousand Iowans who used our Legislative Action Center to voice their opinion that the BATFE was making a colossal mistake. The BATFE statement reads:

    “Although ATF endeavored to create a proposal that reflected a good faith interpretation of the law and balanced the interests of law enforcement, industry, and sportsmen, the vast majority of the comments received to date are critical of the framework, and include issues that deserve further study. Accordingly, ATF will not at this time seek to issue a final framework. After the close of the comment period, ATF will process the comments received, further evaluate the issues raised therein, and provide additional open and transparent process (for example, through additional proposals and opportunities for comment) before proceeding with any framework.”

    We couldn’t be more proud to have helped turn the tide against this latest backdoor gun control attempt. We were extremely proud to see Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst take a stand for our rights as well. As we pointed out on March 1st, Sen. Grassley pledged to use his position as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee to fight the ban.

    By now the message should be clear. Iowan’s are willing and able to Stand and Fight to protect our freedoms.

    Thank you to everyone that joined us!

    Stay vigilant though, we know M855 and other ammunition types are in anti-gunner’s sights. It’s just a matter of time before another backdoor gun control scheme surfaces. And when that happens we’ll do our part to help the 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.

  • Legislative Alert – House Vote on Omnibus Gun Bill Expected Tomorrow!

    March 9, 2015

     

    Take action now! Tell the legislature to pass the Omnibus Gun Bills in their original form!

    House Vote on HF527 (formerly HSB201) expected tomorrow morning

    Late this afternoon we learned that tomorrow morning the House version of the Omnibus Gun Bill is scheduled for debate and a vote by the full House of Representatives.

    The House of Representatives expect to begin debating and voting on a number of bills starting at around 10 a.m..

    The House version of the Omnibus Gun Bill has been given a new number. Previously it was House Study Bill 201, it is now House File 527.

    You can live stream the debate and vote through the Iowa Legislature’s website. There’s also an audio stream available if the video does not cooperate.

    Once again we expect debate and voting to begin around 10 a.m.. There may be a few bills ahead of HF527, so don’t log off if you don’t see it right away.

    Progress in the Senate

    There’s also been some movement with the Senate version of the Omnibus Gun Bill. It has also been given a new number. It is now known as Senate File 425 (SF425).

    SF425 has not been scheduled for debate or a vote in the full Senate yet. We’ll share that information as soon as it becomes available.

    Media Coverage

    There’s been a flood of media talking to IFC leadership about the Omnibus Gun Bills. In the last week we’ve literally been seen or heard in every corner of the state.

    Today was no different, but we wanted to share two links because they are great examples of what these bills are all about. This morning the Gibson girls were on with WHO Radio’s Jan Mickelson talking about why Iowa needs to repeal the ban on supervised youth handgun shooting. Once again these sisters did a great job, and are able to frame this issue in a manner that no one else can.

    Then over the lunch hour, IFC supporter and staunch Second Amendment advocate Representative Matt Windschitl was on Iowa Public Radio’s River to River program. He was joined by a number of gun control advocates who want to stop the Omnibus Gun Bills from reaching the governor’s desk. Representative Windschitl repeatedly took them to task, and did an outstanding job speaking on behalf of Iowa’s firearms community.

    Keep Active!

    In the last week our Omnibus Gun Bills have gone from complete obscurity to being one of the most talked about news items in the state. We’re generating a lot of very positive publicity and the legislature is most certainly taking note.

    Please continue to contact your legislators. Particularly members of the Senate. Politely inform them we want to see the Omnibus Gun Bills (HF527 & SF425) passed without any changes to their content.

    We’re rocking the boat and making waves in the legislature, keep up the great work Iowans!

    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.

  • 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

  • HSB201 Passes House Committee by a Landslide. Gun Control Activists Taking Aim at Senate Version.

    March 4, 2015

    Good News First

    House Study Bill 201 (HSB201) has passed the House Judiciary Committee by a landslide 19-2 vote. This is great news for Iowa’s firearms community as this bill has now cleared the first funnel and can continue to advance through the legislative session. If you haven’t seen it already our HSB201 page explains exactly what’s in the bill.

    We’ve also introduced a version of HSB201 in the Senate. Today Senate Study Bill 1251 (SSB1251) passed its first hurdle, advancing out of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee. But gun control zealots who loathe this bill and the freedoms it provides are lining up and doing everything they can to water down this bill and strip it of key provisions.

    The Bad News

    This afternoon we began seeing pushback take shape in the Iowa Senate. SSB1251 is coming under attack from two angles:

    1) Mass media and their lobbyists are working overtime to strip the gun owner privacy protection portion of the bill. They’re absolutely desperate to keep their ability to publish your private information.

    2) Staunch gun control senators are applying a lot of pressure to Senate Judiciary Committee members. They’re trying to slip in an amendment that would keep Iowa’s ban on supervised youth handgun shooting in place. They think they have a better idea than you do on how to raise your family.

    What You Need To Know About These Two Issues

    The gun control crowd is trying to play off of irrational fears and misinformation they spoon-feed the masses. Here’s the counter-arguments they’re desperately trying to drowned out:

    Gun Owner Privacy Protection

    This is mass media vs. private citizen’s right to privacy. Iowa legislators are there to serve the citizens of Iowa. Not the mass media moguls of the world. They should be standing up for us!

    Iowa’s firearms owners don’t deserve to be treated like sex offenders with their private information being made public by the mass media.

    There’s over a quarter million Permit to Carry permit holders in Iowa. Everyday they go about their business and do not cause a single problem. There’s no reason the media should be able to publish the private personal information of hundreds of thousands of people who’ve committed no crime and done no wrong.

    Victims of domestic violence often get their Permit to Carry for protection. When media releases private gun owner information, they put victims of domestic violence at risk.

    By publishing gun owner information the media is also creating a list of who’s unarmed and therefore an easy target for stalkers, thugs, and rapists. They’ve done this before, and there’s nothing stopping them from doing this again.

    Repealing the Supervised Youth Handgun Ban

    This is a parental rights issue. You know better than anyone else how to raise your kids. Not some legislator who’s probably never met you or your kids!

    Gun safety is not something you can legislate. You have to educate.

    It’s impossible to truly educate Iowa’s youth about gun safety if teaching your kids to shoot a handgun means you’re breaking the law.

    The ban on supervised youth shooting is a long-term gun control measure. If we cannot exercise our rights with our children and teach them how to responsibly handle firearms, how can we expect our kids to truly value their freedoms and grow up to be responsible gun owners?

    As you can see freedom is the common theme amongst all these arguments. The gun control zealots believe you should not be free to raise your family the way you’d like, and they think you should not be free go about your life in a private manner. As we’ve seen time and time again gun control is not about safety, it’s about others trying to take control of our lives.

    What Can Be Done About This?

    Things appear to be in good shape in the House of Representatives, but the Senate needs some help remembering it’s us they’re there to serve.

    Contact your Senators! This is will likely come up for a vote sometime within the next 48 hours, so there’s no time to waste.

    Use our Legislative Action Center to find who your Senator is. Tell them to support SSB1251 as it’s written and make sure their colleagues do the same. Any attempt to amend this bill is an insult to Iowan’s right to privacy and our ability to raise our families.

    Feel free to use any of the points we’ve listed above.

    Email them. Call them. Leave a voicemail. Whatever it takes to make the message clear – Iowans value their freedoms, and we will not abide by anyone infringing on our rights.


    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.

  • Review & Preview – Week 4 of Iowa’s Legislative Session

    February 8, 2015


    “Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms.”
    -James Madison

    Fellow Iowans-

    Another week in the legislature is complete. We’re continuing to see progress on pro-gun owner rights bills but we’re starting to see anti-gun opposition taking form and lining up against our bills. We need your help to overcome these anti-gunners. More details below on how to do your part.

    Week 4 recap:

    As you know we’re closely tracking gun legislation in the House and Senate. Right now four IFC backed bills are making their way through the legislature, but there are a number of groups who are actively fighting against our hard work, and trying to stop these pro-freedom bills from passing. Here’s a brief recap of who’s lobbying againstfirearms bills that would protect and enhance the Second Amendment rights of Iowans.

    Against HF45 – Emergency Powers (banning the confiscation of firearms during a state of emergency):

    • Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund

    Against HF59 – Strengthening Preemption (adding penalties for those who try to illegally preempt state firearms law):

    • Iowa State Association of Counties
    • Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund
    • Iowa League of Cities
    • League of Women Voters of Iowa

    Against HF92 – Stand Your Ground (removing the duty to retreat in areas outside of your home or place of employment):

    • Iowa Association for Justice
    • Iowa County Attorneys Association
    • Iowa Annual Conference of United Methodist Church
    • American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa
    • Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund
    • League of Women Voters of Iowa
    • Iowa Police Chiefs Association
    • Justice Reform Consortium

    Against HF99 – Repealing the Youth Shooting Ban (allowing Iowans under the age of 14 to shoot handguns with parental consent and proper supervision)

    • Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Action Fund
    • Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

    What you need to know for week 5:

    Our desire to protect and enhance our Second Amendment rights faces plenty of adversaries. We’ve made solid traction so far, but we’ll need some serious help from here on out if we want to see these bills, or any others signed into law.

    To make it as easy as possible for you we’ve just updated our Legislative Action Centerto include a brand new ‘Advocacy Campaign.’ This is a pre-written email that goes directly to the people that are supposed to be representing your interests in the capitol.

    The our latest advocacy campaign urges lawmakers to vote “Yes” on pro-gun owner bills. A wave of support from Iowa’s firearms community is needed to make sure our lawmakers know Iowan’s true feelings on Second Amendment issues.

    What you can do right now:

    Hit our newest legislator email, tell your lawmakers you want to see pro-gun owner bills signed into law this year. And just as importantly, get your family and friends involved. We face mounting opposition, and it’ll take continuous support from people like you if we want advance our cause in the legislature this year. Expect to see more updates as pro-gun owner bills work through the legislative session.

    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.