• Legislative update week 14

    April 17, 2016


    Legislative update week 14

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    The 2016 legislative session will be over very soon. Some legislators are predicting the session could be complete as soon as Friday. Lawmakers’ per diem payments end Tuesday, and it’s an election year. So you can bet they want to get this session wrapped up and get home as quickly as possible.

    We need to you to make it clear that they have unfinished business in the Senate. HF2314, the Privacy Protection Act, is fully eligible for a vote in the full Senate. This bill protects hundreds of thousands of Iowans who have a Permit to Carry or Permit to Acquire from having their personal information collected and broadcast worldwide. This has happened before here in Iowa, and it’s had very real consequences for a number of our members. We’ve been working for the last two years to get this law changed. This year we’ve pushed this bill farther than ever before. But the clock is ticking on the 2016 session, and we need all the help we can to make this meaningful bill unavoidable for the Senate in the final days of the 2016 legislative session.

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    Finally, thanks to the hundreds of you who joined us yesterday at the American Suppressor Association’s suppressor rally in Searsboro. The event featured the biggest suppressor manufacturers, free ammo and plenty of cans to try out. We joined the ASA, the National Rifle Association and the folks from Brownell’s for this great event.

    We were proud to accept the American Suppressor Association’s 2016 Partnership Award on behalf of all of you who helped us legalize suppressors in Iowa. We’re extremely proud to have you all on our team. You can read our After Action Report from the suppressor rally on the website.

    Thank you for your continued 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Votes on Hearing Protection & ATV Carry Acts scheduled for Tuesday

    March 21, 2016

    Votes on Hearing Protection & ATV Carry Acts scheduled for Tuesday

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    It appears Tuesday will be another big day for Second Amendment advocates in Iowa. The House is tentatively scheduled to vote on the Hearing Protection Act and the Senate is tentatively scheduled to vote on the ATV Carry Act. We say tentatively, because as we saw last week, the legislative calendar is not set in stone.

    We fully expect the House to pass the Hearing Protection Act putting us one step away from legalizing suppressors in Iowa. ATV Carry Act and the Senate, well that’s not quite as clear-cut. Remember, this bill passed the House 78 to 20 and is unopposed by any official group of ATV riders, snowmobilers, or off-road vehicle clubs. Yet despite these irrefutable facts many Senate Democrats have got it in their heads that they should rewrite this bill and gut its original intent. They’re playing politics and attempting to add a poison amendment. There could be some real fireworks on the Senate floor when HF2283 is up for debate.

    For those of you who are able to watch, here’s the link to live stream the Senate debate and vote on the ATV Carry Act – HF2283.

    You can also follow this link to live stream the House debate and vote on the Hearing Protection Act’s (HF2279) amendment.

    As always, there will be more updates to come. Don’t forget we’ll be updating our Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the day tomorrow with news from the capitol.

    Thank you for your continued 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. 

  • Legislative update week 10

    March 20, 2016

    Legislative update week 10
    Suppressor success & unfinished business

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    We’ve just wrapped up a monumental week in the capitol. House File 2279, the Hearing Protection Act passed the Senate by a 46 to 4 vote. The bill had an amendment attached to it that fixed a small grammatical error in the original draft. This means the House of Representatives will have to vote on the amendment before the bill goes to the governor’s desk. House leadership has already signaled that they have prioritized this vote and will be taking it up in short order. We fully expect the House to adopt the amendment. Once that happens we expect the governor to sign the Hearing Protection Act into law. Major thanks to all of the IFC members who’ve worked so hard make this happen.

    We’re extremely proud to have pushed the Hearing Protection Act through the Senate, but we can’t lose sight of the other two bills that are still eligible for votes in the Senate: the ATV Carry Act and the Privacy Protection Act. There’s no denying that legalizing suppressors will great for gun owners in Iowa, but these two other bills will serve hundreds of thousands of gun owners statewide. Unfortunately Democrats in the Iowa Senate have heavily amended both the ATV Carry Act and Privacy Protection Act. The Iowa Firearms Coalition strongly opposes these amendments and encourages you to contact your senator and urge them to vote no on any amendment to either bill.

    Please take 30 seconds to email your senator about the ATV Carry Act and Privacy Protection Act.

    Finally, in honor of this week’s victory in the senate we’re discounting our life memberships from $500 down to $300. Use the code “Suppressors2016” to take $200 off your life membership purchase. NOTE: if you’re a current IFC member email us at “membership@iowafc.org” to apply your coupon code. This offer will expire on May 1st.

    More updates to come. Thanks so much for your hard work and continued 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. 

  • Iowa Senate PASSES Hearing Protection Act 46-4!

    March 17, 2016

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    Success in the Senate!

    At approximately 9:30 Thursday morning the Iowa Senate passed House File 2279 by a vote of 46 to 4. HF2279, the Hearing Protection Act, removes suppressors from Iowa’s list of so-called “offensive weapons.” If signed into law this would legalize the civilian ownership of firearm suppressors in the State of Iowa. For years the Iowa Senate has a literal dead-end for most every gun bill introduced in the Iowa legislature.

    When given an opportunity to speak out against the legalization of suppressors in Iowa not a single Senator chose to do so. In fact the only Senator who said anything was Senator Julian Garrett of Warren County who noted how long overdue this bill is and long we’ve been working to legalize suppressors in Iowa.

    Those voting against the bill were:

    Joe Bolkcom
    Bob Dvorsky
    Rob Hogg
    Herman Quirmbach

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    What comes next?

    There was an amendment attached by the Senate to HF2279. No need to worry though, the bill’s original intent remains intact. The amendment merely cleanup up a few small grammatical errors.

    The Hearing Protection Act now goes back to the House of Representatives. The House will have to decide whether or not to approve the amendment. The Iowa Firearms Coalition has been in ongoing discussions with the House leadership and they have indicated they will address the issue in a quick manner. We fully expect the House to approve the amendment and send HF2279 to Governor Branstad’s desk in short order. Tentative indications are the Governor will sign the bill.

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    The Iowa Firearms Coalition has been leading the fight to legalize suppressors in Iowa for years. Along the way we’ve been proud to work closely with the National Rifle Association and American Suppressor Association in the Iowa capitol. Other’s claim to have worked on legalizing suppressors, but we assure you they were no where to be found in the capitol during the numerous subcommittee meetings, lobby days, legislator education days, and so on.

    If you’re in support of Iowans’ right to own suppressors, you should be supporting those who’ve been fighting to protect and enhance your rights for years. Become an Iowa Firearms Coalition member today!


    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. 

  • Legislative update week 9

    March 13, 2016

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    Week 9 in the Iowa legislature, the second funnel week of 2016, was full of ups and downs.

    Good news first:
    There are three pro-gun owner bills eligible for votes in the full Senate. This is a monumental achievement considering the lay of the land in the legislature. The Hearing Protection Act, ATV Carry Act and Privacy Protection Act all passed out of committee and are now eligible for votes in the Senate. This has exceeded many people’s expectations, but we’re not through yet.

    Few people know it, but the ATV Carry Act was essentially dead on arrival in the Senate’s Natural Resources committee. Democrats there were deadset against it and planned to kill it on the calendar. But thanks to a lot of hard work and some savvy maneuvering IFC’s volunteer lobbyists managed to get the ATV Carry Act not only a subcommittee vote, but a committee vote as well. The ATV Carry Act passed both of these votes and is now eligible for a full vote in the Senate.

    The bad news:
    The Youth Shooting & Parental Rights Act and the Emergency Protection Act were both killed by Senate Democrats inaction. Both bills had wide bipartisan support, and would have benefitted families and gun owners in Iowa, but the Senate chose to play politics once again and kill these bills without even voting on them.

    Now, you should also know that the ATV Carry Act passed its committee vote 12 to 1, but an amendment that severely guts the original intent of the bill was tacked on. The same goes for the Permit Privacy Act. This bill passed its committee vote 8 to 4 with an amendment that fundamentally changes the concept of the bill. This amendment was so egregious that the only ones to vote for it were the Democrats on the judiciary committee. Keep in mind this bill passed the House 97 to 1, and Iowa’s law enforcement groups all endorsed this bill as written. There’s no reason for Senate Democrats to thumb their noses at Iowa’s police officers and their colleagues in the House.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition strongly opposes both of these amendments. We’ve got an explanation of the amendments and why we oppose them on IowaFC.org.

    We’ve also activated a brand new Advocacy Campaign telling the Senate to stop monkeying around this year’s gun bills. Please use this tool to email your Senator, once you’re done please send this to a few friends and encourage them to do the same.

    There is good news though:
    The amendments put on the ATV Carry Act and the Privacy Protection Act are not set in stone. They must be approved by the entire Senate before they can truly alter the bills. We expect a real slugfest if/when these bills are brought to the floor of the Senate. Our volunteer lobbyists are working extremely hard to lockup votes for our side, but we need your help. Get in contact with your senator early and often. Magnify your efforts by getting a few friends to contact their Senators. Send them the link to our Advocacy Campaign and fill them in on why these amendments are no good.

    Finally, even if the Senate ramrods these amendments through they have to be approved by the House of Representatives, which is a tall order considering the strong bipartisan support these bills enjoy in the House.

    So, to be clear, the optimal outcome is for these amendments to fail on the Senate floor. But if that doesn’t happen, we’re not out of the game. Not by a long shot.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition is leading the way and fighting these amendments tooth and nail, but we need you to do your part.

    More updates to come. Keep pushing Iowans, your efforts are making a difference!


    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. 

  • Senate voting on suppressors as early as Tuesday

    March 7, 2016

    Senate voting on suppressors as early as Tuesday

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    We’ll keep this brief, House File 2279, the Hearing Protection Act is expected to be voted on in the Iowa Senate as soon as tomorrow!

    Please EMAIL YOUR SENATOR about this bill.

    Live streaming is available of the Senate debate and vote on this bill. There’s no way of knowing the exact time the bill will hit the floor, but once we have decent idea we’ll be putting out an update on our IFC Facebook and Twitter pages.

    No matter what happens we’ll be sharing the outcome of the Senate’s Hearing Protection Act vote shortly after it is complete.

    More updates to come! Thanks so much for helping IFC protect and enhance the Second Amendment in Iowa!


    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. 

  • LEGISLATIVE ALERT – Committee Vote TOMORROW on SUPPRESSORS!

    March 1, 2016

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    Heads up Iowans!

    Things are moving very quickly for a couple of our IFC backed pro-gun owner bills.

    Today a Senate Judiciary subcommittee voted unanimously to advance HF2279, the Hearing Protection Act.

    This afternoon, before the subcommittee even met, the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled HF2279 for a full committee vote. Talk about a good omen! Tomorrow’s Senate Judiciary Committee vote on the Hearing Protection Act is slated for 1PM TOMORROW (3/2/16). Here’s the link to each committee member and their contact info.

    Senate Judiciary Subcommittee vote on HF2279, the Hearing Protection Act. Senators Sodders, Kinney and Zaun unanimously voted to approve this bill.

    Senate Judiciary Subcommittee vote on HF2279, the Hearing Protection Act. Senators Sodders, Kinney and Zaun unanimously voted to approve this bill.

    You can also call the Senate switchboard during business hours to leave a message with the Senate Judiciary Committee. The number is: 515-281-3371. 

    Tell them you want to see each of the five pro-gun owner bills from the House voted on as written, without any amendments watering down their original intent.

    Also, tomorrow there will be another Senate Judiciary subcommittee meeting and vote, this time on HF2314, the Privacy Protection Act. That subcommittee is made up of:

    Steve Sodders – steve.sodders@legis.iowa.gov
    Kevin Kinney – kevin.kinney@legis.iowa.gov
    Brad Zaun – brad.zaun@legis.iowa.gov

    While you’re taking action don’t forget to hit our latest Advocacy Campaign urging your Senator to do their part to advance each of the five pro-gun owner bills that recently passed out of the House of Representatives.

    Things are moving quickly on suppressors. This is very encouraging, but now is not the time to coast. This process only works if you are engaged and taking action.

    Be on the lookout for more updates on these bills from the legitimate organizations actually working to protect and enhance the rights of Iowa gun owners – the Iowa Firearms Coalition, the National Rifle Association & American Suppressor Association.

    We’ll be sharing more details on our Facebook and Twitter pages as the information becomes available!


    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.

  • LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Subcommittee vote – Hearing Protection Act

    February 29, 2016

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    House File 2279, the Hearing Protection Act is expected to see its first action in the Iowa Senate tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon. A Senate Judiciary subcommittee is expected to vote on the bill. The three person subcommittee consists of the following senators:

    Steve Sodders – steve.sodders@legis.iowa.gov
    Kevin Kinney – kevin.kinney@legis.iowa.gov
    Brad Zaun – brad.zaun@legis.iowa.gov

    Please contact them and encourage them advance this bill with its original language and without amendment.

    You can also call the Senate switchboard during business hours to leave a message with the Senate Judiciary Committee. The number is: 515-281-3371.

    We’ll be sharing the outcome on our Facebook and Twitter pages as soon as we get word.

    While you’re taking action don’t forget to hit our latest Advocacy Campaign urging your Senator to do their part to advance each of the five pro-gun owner bills that recently passed out of the House of Representatives.


    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.

  • VIDEO: Iowa House Debating & Voting on Pro Gun Owner Bills (2/23)

    February 26, 2016

    TRIGGER WARNING:

    This post contains numerous gun control advocates purposely misrepresenting, misunderstanding, and flat-out misleading people about 5 pro-gun owner bills that easily passed through the Iowa House of Representatives.

    If you choose to watch this video understand that at various points you may feel a strong urge to:

    Scream
    Vomit
    Pull your hair out

    If the urge becomes too strong we strongly recommend that you stop the video, take a few deep breaths and remember the fact that these anti-gunners are in the vast minority. Despite their best efforts all five of these pro gun owner bills passed their votes with ease. What’s even better, many of their own party members disagreed, broke ranks and voted in favor of these bills.

    So with that in mind. Please do your best to enjoy this video. The end result is very positive. While listening to the anti’s can be maddening, from time to time it is good to be reminded of just how far they’ll go to try to halt the expansion of Iowans’ freedoms.

     


    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.