• IFC Update: Legislative Session – Week 5

    February 12, 2017

    Week Five In The Legislature

    Thanks to all who made time to visit their local legislative forums this weekend. We’ve received several reports from members throughout the state who visited their legislators. Keep it up! We need to continue this outreach process because anti-gunners continue to turn out in droves at these forums and your voice is needed to counter their “mistruths.”

    Our guide to speaking out about Second Amendment legislation has everything you need to make a positive impact at events like these: talking points about our pro-gun owner bills, gun control bills, and how to get a straight answer from your legislator. Bookmark that link and keep it handy for whenever someone starts spreading lies about our bills.

    Earlier this week Iowa Senator Herman Quirmbach made a “joke” about shooting up Iowa State University while debating an education funding bill in the Senate floor.

    “I can look out my living room window, and when the leaves are down, I can see Beardshear Hall. I got a clear shot at Beardshear Hall, and every now and then I’m tempted to take it.”

    Quirmbach is a noted anti-gunner who actually works as an economics professor at Iowa State University. A day after making his “joke” about shooting up the school Quirmbach apologized, sort of.

    “There was nothing sinister in my intent, but I should have used a better metaphor. I am sorry that some have read into my remarks meaning I did not intend,” Quirmbach said.

    Seems pretty genuine, right? We didn’t think so either. Last year Senator Quirmbach claimed we were giving guns to four year olds, now there’s this comment about taking shots at ISU from him house. It seems the good Senator is having a hard time distinguishing fact from fiction. Perhaps it is time he’s placed on a government “watch list” and have his rights restricted???

    Shout out to IFC member Derek Drayer who wrote a superb guest column to the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Mr. Drayer set a perfect example of how to rationally explain what we’re working for – protecting the natural rights of Iowans!

    Letters to the editor, guest columns and the like are great ways to help spread the word about our fight to protect and enhance Iowans’ freedoms. Consider writing a letter to your local paper explaining why you support pro-Second Amendment legislation, it’s a great way to get our message out to Iowans who may not be tuned into what’s going on. Our how to talk about pro-gun owner legislation page is an excellent guide for what to say. We’re also happy to help you fine tune your message, just email us at info@iowafc.org

    Make your voice heard in the capitol. Join us March 7th for Second Amendment Day in the Iowa Capitol. Meet your lawmakers and tell them what you expect from them. Join IFC’s leaders and fellow Second Amendment advocates for a day of lobbying, fellowship and good company.

    Finally, word continues to spread about our push to legalize Stand Your Ground in Iowa and overturn Iowa’s “duty to retreat” status. KWQC, the Quad Cities NBC affiliate, recently ran a story stating the Iowa will soon discuss Stand Your Ground. What they failed mention is that Stand Your Ground has been discussed for years in Iowa, ever since we introduced the original Stand Your Ground bill in 2012.

    There have already been two Stand Your Ground bills introduced in the Senate this year. There will likely be one more that will drop soon. Eventually one of these bills will proceed and the others will fall by the wayside. As always you can count on the Iowa Firearms Coalition to keep you fully up to speed on what’s moving forward, what bills are dead and who to contact. There’s plenty more to come, that’s for sure!

    Thank you for continuing to support Iowa’s only
    truly effective Second Amendment advocates the
    Iowa Firearms Coalition!

  • 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.

    Community support

    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.