• 2016 Second Amendment Day Recap

    February 23, 2016

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    The first annual IFC 2A Day at the Capitol is officially a wrap!

    Today was one heck of a day for civil rights and gun owners in Iowa. If you follow this page, no doubt you know already that we made a clean sweep of all five of our bills in the House today, each bill representing solid, positive progress for common sense gun legislation. Congratulations to all of you on our victories!

    VP Kurt Liske will be along later this evening to put something out via e-mail (he’s still driving home from Des Moines as I type this), but I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for stepping up and making some noise. As one of the guys who goes to the Capitol and talks to the legislators, I cannot express to you just how influential your collective voices are. I know every special interest group says that, but IFC has gained a very positive reputation among the legislators for being able to get the word out, not to mention turn the heat up, when necessary.

    Trust me when I say this: The Iowa Legislature knows who you and IFC are!

    This is going to end up being a long post, but it’s important that I write it and I hope you read it through to the end. This one is important because the people I’m about to thank need to know just how much they mean to me, to IFC, and to advancing the civil rights of over three million Iowans. Further, it’s important that you all know who is doing what on your behalf so hopefully someday, when you meet them at a gun show or some other IFC event or at the Capitol, you can shake their hand and say thanks too. They deserve it, and more.

    So with all that said…

    First, thanks to all of you who took time out of your day today, in the middle of the week, in the middle of February–some of you even driving across the state!–to come and talk to your legislators and witness history in the making. At no time in anyone’s memory has anything like today’s Second Amendment Day ever happened here in Iowa. Yes, lobbyists and interest groups show up at the Capitol each day, all with their different wants and needs…But nobody has ever put close to 100 people under the golden dome during a coordinated vote on that group’s bills. You folks were amazing today!

    About that coordinated vote…A HUGE thank you is owed to Representatives Jake Highfill, Brian Best, Terry Baxter, and Greg Heartsill for running legislation on your behalf. All managed our bills with aplomb, and they all deserve our gratitude. Watching them speak on your bills, answer questions, and counter some of the nonsense thrown at them today was a beautiful thing to see. The Republic was alive and well today in Des Moines, and it was an honor to be present to witness it.

    Furthermore, a special thanks is owed to Speaker Pro Tem Matt Windschitl, without whose support and friendship we’d not be nearly as far as we are. We could not ask for nor have any better ally. Matt is truly the happy warrior, and we all owe him a debt that cannot be repaid.

    I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Speaker Linda Upmeyer, Majority Leader Chris Hagenow, and Representatives Zach Nunn, Walt Rogers, Jarad Klein, John Wills and Joel Fry. I feel bad lumping these folks together because they all deserve individual thanks. But these good folks, the House majority leadership, worked closely with Matt and the bill managers to make our bills come to the floor today, on our Second Amendment Day. This may sound like a simple task to the uninitiated, but timing such things is not all that straightforward and there’s a great deal of art to it. That they pulled it off for us is beyond cool!

    Thanks to the man, the legend, Kurt Liske, our vice president. As with many things IFC, I or members of the board come up with the ideas and it ends up on Kurt’s plate to work out. Today’s Second Amendment Day was no different, and Kurt shouldered most of the load on making it happen. There’d be no 2A Day, or a lot of other things, without Kurt. There’s hardly a thing you see IFC do that doesn’t have Kurt’s fingerprints all over it. The gratitude I have for that is inexpressible.

    And did you see our new shirts and stickers? Shout-out to Membership Director Levi Larsen for getting those made up on what was an unrealistically short notice…But he pulled it off, with a good bit of help from our new printer, Paul Anderson at Creality Print Solutions. Look for these at the gun shows, and to go on sale soon!

    Richard Rogers, one of our board members, deserves a standing ovation for today too. I’m one of IFC’s two lobbyists, but it’s Richard out there literally doing the daily grind. A senator needs to have a meeting on short notice? Call Richard. Representative So-and-So is waffling on a bill? Call Richard. Richard is the go-to guy when our bills need that push, and as the votes from today prove, he’s damn fine at his job. I can’t think of a single IFC member who spends all day each day, Monday through Thursday, doing the good work for us…But Richard does. How amazing is that?

    Nathan Gibson and his daughters Natalie and Meredith are rock stars. Nathan has taken up the mantle of our tech director, but you may know him as the guy who was kicked off the range with his girls because they were too young to be shooting pistols. Through their misfortune, we discovered the long since forgotten law restricting children from learning gun safety. But turning aggravation into political possibility, Nathan decided to make their problem a teaching moment for his kids, and together he, Meredith and Natalie did the American thing and fought back. They serve as daily inspiration as to why we fight this fight, and together we’re doing right by the hundreds of thousands of parents affected by this ridiculous law.

    He’d be upset with me mentioning this, but that’s just too bad. You see, few people have such a positive influence on IFC and gun rights in Iowa as Michael Ware does. Today’s 2A Day is something Michael has dreamed of for years, though until the last year or so we lacked the resources to pull it off. And throughout all the planning and arranging, Michael was there in the background providing all the support anyone needed. That pretty much describes Michael: always there, always in the background, always helping move the ball just a little bit closer to the end zone.

    Along that same vein, our fearless leader of the board of directors, John Reed, deserves more thanks than its possible to give. John stepped down as an IFC lobbyist after last year and has tried to enjoy retirement a little more these days. However even though he had less of a hand in today’s 2A Day, today was only as successful as it was due to all the previous years work John has done, laying the tracks for our path to success. We simply wouldn’t be where we are today without John Reed.

    Thanks are also owed to our friends Knox and Michael Williams, the lobbyists for the American Suppressor Association. These guys have flown out here, from Atlanta, Georgia and Washington D.C. respectively, each time the suppressor bill has needed a little extra tender loving care. That’s what you call dedication, and we’re lucky to have such companions on this journey.

    A hearty thank you goes to Scott Rausch of the NRA. Scott is new to the Iowa legislative scene this year, but already he’s one of the gang. He helped us bring some of the capabilities of the NRA to bear, which has not only raised awareness of our issues, but got a few more people to turn out today.

    Next, while they’re far too numerous to name, my sincerest and most heartfelt thanks go out to all the legislators who voted for our bills, Republican and Democrat alike. In the end, despite what a few individuals do, passing legislation is a numbers game and it’s the votes that matter. Your support won’t be forgotten any time soon, and we sincerely look forward to working with you again in the future.

    And, if on the odd chance any of them read this, I’d like to thank those who voted against our legislation too. I obviously disagree with your positions, and I even think some of the counter-arguments made today were, frankly, ridiculous. But all that aside, we all want what’s best for Iowans even if we disagree on how to get it done. So to that end, please know that IFC is always available to you for any information you need, any questions you may have, or yes, even if you just want to go out shooting sometime and see what all the fuss is about. My offer here is genuine: we are honored to serve if called.

    Lastly, on a somewhat selfish note, I’d like to thank my wife Deb. Deb recently volunteered to be IFC secretary and work with me to get our years and years and years worth of paperwork in order, keep minutes of our meetings, and all that other boring and unexciting grunt work that unfortunately needs to be done. And perhaps more importantly, she puts up with me spending time doing IFC stuff instead of spending that time with her. Nothing I do, what little of it there is compared to all these aforementioned folks, would be possible without her support and friendship.

    Thanks to all of you, from the bottom of my heart, for all you do. Today, the first annual IFC Second Amendment Day at the Capitol, was a complete success–and it was all because of you!

    Sincerely,
    Barry Snell
    IFC President

     


    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. 

  • 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.


    Join us for the
    2016 Second Amendment Day in the capitol
    February 23rd


     

     

    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. 

  • Legislator forum schedule 1/29-1/31

    January 28, 2016

    1/29-1/31

    Iowa legislators regularly hold public meetings with their constituents. Asking your legislators in person what they’re doing to protect and enhance your right to keep and bear arms in Iowa is the single most impactful thing you can do to help advance our cause. We can’t stress this enough. Writing emails, and making phone calls are great and most definitely help make a difference. But when you meet a legislator in person they can’t ignore you like they can ignore a voicemail or an email.

    Below is a list of the events taking place this weekend. If you’re not sure what to say, or how to say what you’re thinking the Iowa Firearms Coalition is more than happy to help you prepare a couple of thoughts. Email us at info@IowaFC.org we’ll help make sure you’re prepared and put you in contact with other pro-gun folks who’ll be attending the meeting. In the meantime this guide should serve as great starting point.

    If you can, please try to get out and ask your elected officials what they’re doing to protect and enhance your Second Amendment rights. They represent you. They work for you. They can answer a few of your questions.

    Not sure who your legislator is? Our Legislative Action Center makes it easy to see who your elected officials are. Want to know what pro-gun owner bills are in play right now? Here’s our latest update. Still not sure what to say or how to say it? Email us at info@IowaFC.org and we’ll help get you ready to go.

     

    Friday 1/29

    Amy Sinclair
    8:00 am – 9:00 am
    Farm Bureau
    212 South Franklin Street – Corydon
    Amy Sinclair
    Mosaic Building
    10:00 am – 11:00 am
    302 South 4th Street – Chariton
    Amy Sinclair
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    Lakeside Casino
    777 Casino Drive – Osceola
    Randy Feenstra
    Pizza Ranch
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    1505 8th Street Southeast – Orange City
    Amy Sinclair
    2:00-3:00pm
    Leon Community Center
    203 Northeast 2nd Street – Leon
    Joel Fry
    8:00 AM
    Corydon
    Farm Bureau
    Joel Fry
    10:00 AM
    Chariton
    Mosaic Building
    Joel Fry
    12:00 PM
    Osceola
    Lakeside Casino
    Joel Fry
    2:00 PM
    Leon
    Community Center
    Greg Heartsill
    8:00 AM
    Russel
    Last Chance Market
    Greg Heartsill
    10:00 AM
    Chariton
    Mosaic Building
    John Kooiker
    12:00 PM
    Orange City
    Pizza Ranch
    Linda Miller
    9:00 AM
    Bettendorf
    Devil’s Glen HyVee Coffee Shop

    Saturday 1/30

    Mike Gronstal
    9:00 am – 10:30 am
    Wilson Middle School Auditorium715 N 21st Street
    Council Bluffs, IA 51501
    Brian Schoenjahn
    January 30 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am CST
    Westgate Public Library,180 Main Street
    Westgate, IA 50681 United States
    Mary Jo Wilhelm
    January 30 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am CST
    St Ansgar City Hall,111 S Mitchell St
    St Ansgar, IA 50472 United States
    Tod Bowman
    January 30 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
    Country Junction Restaurant,913 15th Ave SE
    Dyersville, IA 52040 United States
    Liz Mathis
    January 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am CST
    Marion Public Library, 1095 6th Ave
    Marion, IA 52302 United States
    Steve Sodders
    January 30 @ 10:00 am – 10:45 am CST
    Albion Fire Station,100 S. Main Street
    Albion, IA 50005 United States
    Steve Sodders
    January 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
    Tremont on Main,22 W Main St
    Marshalltown, IA 50158 United States
    Mark Costello
    7:30 am – 8:30
    Red Oak YMCA, Red Oak Iowa
    Tom Shipley
    9:00 am – 10:30
    Woodrow Wilson Junior High, Council Bluffs Iowa
    Mark Costello
    9:30 am – 10:30
    Glenwood City Hall, Glenwood Iowa
    Brad Zaun
    10:30 am – 12:00
    Urbandale Chamber Offices, Urbandale Iowa
    Cecil Dolecheck
    7:30 AM
    Red Oak
    Montgomery County YMCA
    Mary Ann Hanusa
    9:00 AM
    Council Bluffs
    Woodrow Wilson Middle School
    Bobby Kaufmann
    8:00 AM
    Bennett
    American Legion
    Bobby Kaufmann
    10:30 AM
    Clarence
    City Council Chambers
    Bobby Kaufmann
    1:00 PM
    Lowden
    City Council Chambers
    Sandy Salmon
    9:00 AM
    Sumner
    Public Library
    Sandy Salmon
    11:00 AM
    Dunkerton
    Public Library
    John Wills
    11:00 AM
    Sibley
    Public Library
  • Legislator forum schedule 1/22-1/24

    January 21, 2016

    1/22-1/24

    Iowa legislators regularly hold public meetings with their constituents. Asking your legislators in person what they’re doing to protect and enhance your right to keep and bear arms in Iowa is the single most impactful thing you can do to help advance our cause. We can’t stress this enough. Writing emails, and making phone calls are great and most definitely help make a difference. But when you meet a legislator in person they can’t ignore you like they can ignore a voicemail or an email.

    Below is a list of the events taking place this weekend. If you’re not sure what to say, or how to say what you’re thinking the Iowa Firearms Coalition is more than happy to help you prepare a couple of thoughts. Email us at info@IowaFC.org we’ll help make sure you’re prepared and put you in contact with other pro-gun folks who’ll be attending the meeting. In the meantime this guide should serve as great starting point.

    If you can, please try to get out and ask your elected officials what they’re doing to protect and enhance your Second Amendment rights. They represent you. They work for you. They can answer a few of your questions.

    Not sure who your legislator is? Our Legislative Action Center makes it easy to see who your elected officials are. Want to know what pro-gun owner bills are in play right now? Here’s our latest update. Still not sure what to say or how to say it? Email us at info@IowaFC.org and we’ll help get you ready to go.

     

    Friday 1/22

    Keokuk Legislative Forum
    Sen. Rich Taylor
    January 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CST
    Hawkeye Restaurant, 105 N Park Dr
    Keokuk, IA 52632 United States
    Jones County Legislative Forum
    Sen. Tod Bowman
    January 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CST
    Monticello City Council Building, 200 E 1st St
    Monticello, IA 52310 United States
    Black Hawk County Legislative Forum
    Sens. Bill Dotzler, Brian Schoenjahn, Jeff Danielson
    January 22 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm CST
    AEA 267, 3712 Cedar Heights Drive
    Cedar Falls, IA 50613 United States
    Sen. MARK COSTELLO & Rep. Cecil Dolecheck
    1/22/2016
    7:00 am – 8:00 am
    Bedford Farm Bureau Office
    607 Pollock Boulevard – Bedford
    Rep. Greg Heartsill
    Heartsill 8:00 AM Tracey Two Rivers Co-Op
    Rep. Greg Heartsill
    9:30 AM Bussey City Hall
    Rep. Linda Miller
    9:00 AM Bettendorf Hyvee Coffee Shop on Devils Glenn

    Saturday 1/23

    Henry County Legislative Forum
    Sen. Rich Taylor
    January 23 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am CST
    Chadwick Library at Iowa Wesleyan University, 107 W Broad St
    Mt Pleasant, IA 52641 United States
    Story County Legislative Wake-Up
    Sen. Herman Quirmbach
    January 23 @ 8:45 am – 10:15 am CST
    Nevada City Council Chamber, 1209 6th Street
    Nevada, IA 50201 United States
    Jackson County Legislative Forum
    Sen. Tod Bowman
    January 23 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am CST
    Maquoketa City Hall, 201 E Pleasant St
    Maquoketa, IA 52060 United States
    Johnson County Legislative Forum
    Sen. Bob Dvorsky, Joe Bolkcom, Kevin Kinney
    January 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am CST
    Iowa City City Council Chambers, Harvat Hall, 410 E. Washington Street
    Iowa City , IA 52240 United States
    Scott County Legislative Forum
    Sen. Chris Brase, Joe Seng, Rita Hart, Roby Smith Rep. Linda Miller
    January 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
    Saint Ambrose University Rogalski Center, 518 W Locust Street
    MEET SENATOR TIM KRAAYENBRINK
    1/23/2016
    7:30 am – 10:00 am
    Iowa Central Community College – Triton Cafe
    1 Triton Circle – Fort Dodge
    Sen. MARK COSTELLO Rep. Cecil Dolecheck
    1/23/2016
    8:00 am – 9:00 am
    Shenandoah Fire Station
    400 W Sheridan Avenue – Shenandoah
    MEET SENATOR TOM SHIPLEY
    1/23/2016
    8:00 am – 9:00 am
    Creston Meal Site
    116 W Adams St – Creston
    MEET SENATOR KEN ROZENBOOM
    1/23/2016
    8:30 am – 9:30 am
    Smokey Row
    109 S. Market Street – Oskaloosa
    Sen. MARK COSTELLO Rep. Cecil Dolecheck
    1/23/2016
    10:00 am – 11:00 am
    Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum
    122 West Clark Street – Clarinda
    MEET SENATOR TOM SHIPLEY
    1/23/2016
    10:00 am – 11:00 am
    Corning Public Library
    603 9th Street – Corning
    Sen. MARK COSTELLO Rep. Cecil Dolecheck
    1/23/2016
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    ISU Extension Office
    101 North Polk – Mount Ayr
    Rep. Stan Gustafson
    9:00 AM Winterset Farmers and Merchants Bank
    Rep. Daniel Huseman & Megan Jones
    9:30 AM Spencer City Council Chambers
    Rep. Megan Jones
    11:30 AM Okaboji Pearson Lakes Art Center
    Rep. Sandy Salmon
    10:00 AM Waverly Public Library
    Rep. Matt Windschitl
    10:00 AM Logan Logan Community Center

    Sunday 1/24

    Des Moines-Area Legislative Forum
    Sen. Matt McCoy
    January 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CST
    Des Moines Central Library, 1000 Grand Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50309 United States
  • Gun control advocates resort to fake terror attack in Iowa

    December 30, 2015

    A new low

    It’s pretty common knowledge that gun control pushers don’t like Second Amendment advocates, but new details show just how low anti-gunners are willing to stoop in order to stop pro-gun owner legislation in Iowa.

    Michael Dekota McRae recently plead guilty to one count of “Conveying False Information Concerning A Biological Weapon.” That charge stems from an April 3rd, 2012 incident where McRae wrote a threatening letter to Des Moines Representative Ako Abdul-Samad and packed it with a powdery white substance. The letter, filled with racist slurs, threats, and curse words was written to make gun owners look like racist terrorists. Here’s the kicker though, McRae was working as Abdul-Samad’s legislative clerk at the time. He wrote the letter, filled the envelope with a powdery white substance, sent it to Representative Abdul-Samad via inter-office mail and then McRae purposely opened the letter in the middle of the a House debate.

    Here’s the text of the note McRae wrote:

    Racist, threatening letter written by Michael McRae that was laced with a white powdery substance.

    Racist, threatening letter written by Michael McRae that was laced with a white powdery substance.

    As anyone can plainly see McRae uses racial slurs and threats to try to make gun owners and Stand Your Ground advocates look like murderous racists. A new low for gun control pushers here in Iowa and the rest of the country.

    Historical context

    The incident occurred on April 3rd, 2012. Earlier in the legislative session the Iowa Firearms Coalition and the National Rifle Association had pushed Stand Your Ground legislation for the first time in state history. Prior to this no one else cared about enshrining your right to Stand Your Ground in the state legal code. The bill passed the House 60-38 but the Senate leadership refused to allow a vote on the bill once it landed on their desk. Since then the Iowa Firearms Coalition has continued to lead the charge for Stand Your Ground in Iowa, and a handful of others have come along to assist our efforts and follow IFC’s lead.

    Fortunately though after a length investigations McRae’s 2012 facade fell apart and he was eventually arrested. Earlier this year he was charged with Conveying False Information Concerning A Biological Weapon. In late 2015 McRae plead guilty and will be sentenced in late March of 2016. He faces a maximum of 5 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

    Politics, lies and simulated terrorism

    Michael McRae's 2015 plea agreement in which Representative Ako Abdul- Samad's clerk pleads guilty to faking a terrorist attack.

    Michael McRae’s 2015 plea agreement in which Representative Ako Abdul- Samad’s clerk pleads guilty to faking a terrorist attack.

    Second Amendment advocates in Iowa know all-to-well that hardcore anti-gunners in the Iowa legislature, particularly the Iowa Senate, use their positions of power to block pro-gun owner legislation from ever getting a vote (stand your ground, constitutional carry, gun owner privacy protection, legalized suppressors, and many more). We also know that gun control zealots in Iowa have no qualms about resorting to misinformation and misleading information about pro-gun owner legislation in an effort to confuse the people of Iowa. But sadly political power plays and lies just aren’t enough for gun control advocates in Iowa. They despise the pro-gun owner movement so much that at least some of them, are willing resort simulated terrorism to stop our side from making any progress. This is why it’s imperative that we conduct our business with the utmost class. Anti-gunners are absolutely desperate to paint the picture that Second Amendment advocates are a bunch of racist bullies who threaten bodily harm to anyone who opposes them. We work very hard to prove them wrong, and we need you to do the same.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition was the first to introduce Stand Your Ground in Iowa, and will continue to lead the charge until we get this signed into law. We’ll continue to do the same for every pro-gun owner bill that we possibly can — whether it’s constitutional carry, suppressors, supervised youth handgun training. If you believe in strengthening our Second Amendment rights here in Iowa we highly encourage you to become an IFC member. In the mean time we’ll continue to Stand and Fight to protect and enhance the freedom of all 3+ million Iowans.

     


    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. 

  • Omnibus Gun Bills Survive Funnel Week – Day by Day Recap

    March 7, 2015
    Omnibus pro-gun owner bill survives first funnel in Iowa Legislature.

    It was truly a whirlwind in the Iowa Legislature last week, but the Omnibus Pro-Gun Owner bills have survived. They now enter a critical phase, and must be kept in their original form if they are to be signed into law.

     

    Email your legislators – Tell Iowa’s lawmakers to pass the Omnibus Gun Bills WITHOUT ALTERATION.

     

    Sunday – March 1st

    Weekly Iowa Firearms Coalition membership email alerts thousands of Iowans about a massive pro-gun owner bill known as “The Omnibus Gun Bill.

    An IFC Advocacy Campaign and petition is activated and thousands of emails telling Iowa lawmakers to pass the omnibus gun bill flood the capitol.

    Monday – March 2nd

    Iowa Firearms Coalition President Barry Snell, and IFC board members Pete Brownell and Scott Volquartsen are guests on WHO Radio’s Mickelson in the Morning show. Word of the omnibus gun bill begins to spread at a rapid pace.

    House Study Bill 201, the House version of the omnibus gun bill, introduced. HSB201 is assigned to the House Judiciary Committee where it is then assigned to a three person subcommittee.

    The Des Moines Register prints the first of what will be many stories about the omnibus gun bill. As expected, the mass media is trying derail this pro-gun owner bill.

    Tuesday – March 3rd

    HSB201 passes its first hurdle the House Judiciary subcommittee. The vote is 3-0, with bi-partisan support

    The Des Moines Register doubles down on its opposition to the omnibus gun bill. Their editorial board attempts to justify why they should be able to publish the personal information of gun owners (a key provision of the omnibus gun bill would make this illegal in Iowa).  Meanwhile lobbyists working on behalf of all of Iowa’s newspapers and broadcasters begin to pressure legislators to remove the gun owner privacy protection portion of the omnibus gun bill.

    Senate Study Bill 1251, a companion bill to HSB201 is introduced in the Senate. It is assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and then to a three person subcommittee. SSB1251 contains the exact same items as HSB201. Each bill accomplishes the same goals.

    Wednesday – March 4th

    HSB201 passes a vote by the House Judiciary Committee by a landslide – 19  to 2. Republicans and Democrats flock to this bill. This vote insures the House version of the omnibus gun bill will survive the first funnel, a critical advance or die deadline scheduled for the end of the day Friday, March 6th.

    For the third day in a row the Des Moines Register lashes out at the omnibus gun bill. Mass media lobbyists scramble to get the Senate version of the omnibus gun owner bill amended to remove the gun owner privacy provision. IFC’s volunteer lobbyists are working overtime to counter the media’s message, and remind Iowa lawmakers that they’re there to serve Iowa’s citizens and not the mass media.

    A small contingent of gun control Senators begin applying pressure to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Want to strip the omnibus gun bill of a measure that would repeal the ban on supervised youth handgun shooting.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition alerts our members to this two-pronged attack on the omnibus gun bill, and encourage members to contact their legislators and tell them to pass SSB1251 as written. IFC members respond on a moment’s notice and begin a grassroots effort to get SSB1251 passed as written.

    Meanwhile, SSB1251 passes out of its Senate Judiciary subcommittee on a 3 to 0 vote. Once again a unanimous vote, with Republicans and Democrats supporting the omnibus gun bill. Most importantly it passes as written.

    Thursday – March 5th

    Pressure to amend SSB1251 continues to mount. Senators pushing a gun control agenda are trying to get the omnibus gun bill amended to remove the repeal of Iowa’s ban on supervised youth handgun shooting. Lobbyists for the mass media are trying to amend the bill so that they may continue to publish gun owners private information whenever they want.

    IFC members continue their grassroots effort to get SSB1251 passed as written.

    The omnibus gun bill comes up for a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee. It passes 10 to 3 without any amendments. IFC members have succeeded in keeping the omnibus gun bill intact. Support for SSB1251 once again comes from both sides of the aisle with an overwhelming number of Republicans and Democrats voting yes.

    SSB1251, the Senate version of the omnibus gun bill has now officially passed the first funnel and is ready for a debate and vote in the entire Senate.

    Friday – March 6th

    IFC leadership and members breathe a small sigh of relief. Both versions of the omnibus gun bill have survived the first funnel.

    Work begins to keep the omnibus gun bills intact before votes in the full Senate and House. The content of the House and Senate bills are the same, but there are a few minor differences in the language. An amendment to make the wording of these bills the exact same will be needed.

    The omnibus gun bills now enter the most dangerous phase of the legislative process. Any changes or amendments beyond a slight wording change will kill these bills. This means if anyone attempts to remove anything from the omnibus bills they will die. Just as importantly, if anyone attempts to add anything to the content of these bills they will die.

    The omnibus gun bills have been carefully crafted. Each provision of the bill was included because it has strong support and could be signed into law. Many groups have a stake in this bill, IFC, the NRA, the American Suppressor Association, law enforcement, and more. We didn’t get everything we wanted in this bill, but we got a lot of very good stuff in there. Adding or removing anything to these bills will cause key players to pull their support. Should that happen everything that is good for Iowa’s firearms owners will disappear in an instant. It is critical the omnibus bills move forward without out change.

     

    Email your legislators – Tell Iowa’s lawmakers to pass the Omnibus Gun Bills WITHOUT ALTERATION.

     


    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 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.

  • Review & Preview – Week 3 of Iowa’s Legislative Session

    February 2, 2015

    “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.”

    -Thomas Jefferson

    Fellow Iowans-

    Last week saw the introduction of two very solid bills. Representative Greg Heartsill is sponsoring a bill to remove the arbitrary minimum age requirement to handle handguns in Iowa. Heartsill’s also sponsoring a bill that would make Iowa a Stand Your Ground state by removing your duty to retreat from an attacker. In addition to Rep. Heartsill’s bills we’ve also received some very good news from Representative Chip Baltimore that anti-gun bills will not be gaining any traction in the House this year.

    Week 3 recap:

    Remember you can stay up to date on all firearms bills at the IFC 2015 Legislative Session page. There you can find bill numbers, who sponsored them, the bill’s status, and a brief synopsis.

    Last week Represenative Heartsill introduced the following bills that both protect and enhance Iowans rights.

    HF99 – Youth Handgun Age Limit
    Currently anyone under the age of 14 is strictly prohibited from holding or shooting a handgun in Iowa — regardless of whether or not that minor is under parental supervision. HF99 would amend the state code to allow a person under 14 to lawfully shoot a handgun, with proper supervision, as long as their parent, guardian, or spouse who is 21 years of age or older has provided consent.

    HF92 – Stand Your Ground
    This legislation would remove a person’s “duty to retreat” from an attacker.  This would allow law-abiding citizens to protect themselves or their family anywhere they are lawfully present.  This legislation would also expressly enhance the protections against criminal prosecution and civil lawsuits when justifiable force is used.

    HF45 – Emergency Powers & HF59 – Preemption Cleanup have both been assigned to subcommittees in the House Judiciary Committee. We’ll be updating any changes to their status on our 2015 Legislative Session page.

    What you need to know:

    A week ago we told you about a trio of gun control bills introduced by Representative Bruce Hunter. At the time we knew the bills had very little chance of passage, and now we’re even more confident. That’s because Representative Chip Baltimore, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has stepped up and made it very clear that he opposes these anti-gun bills and will not be considering them in his committee. This is a significant development and Representative Baltimore deserves many thanks for taking a stand. Please take a moment to contact Representative Chip Baltimore and say thanks for standing up for Iowan’s Second Amendment rights.

    What you can do right now:

    Volunteer at the IFC booth at the Cedar Rapids Gun Show

    Feb. 6th – 8th
    Hawkeye Downs
    Volunteer for a couple hours or all day
    FREE admission for volunteers
    Contact:  andrewmaixner+IFC@gmail.com

    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.

  • Not Every Girl Depends on Men for Protection

    December 17, 2014
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    Armed women are empowered women!

    There’s a growing push by anti-gun zealots to try to connect domestic abuse and battered women to gun owners. This is just the latest in a long line of attempts to stigmatize firearms ownership and our way of life. What you won’t hear are those gun control nuts admitting that the best way to truly empower women is to encourage responsible gun ownership. There’s no denying it, firearms provide women an unparalleled ability to defend themselves from attackers of all sizes. In a life or death situation nothing else levels the playing field like a gun.

    So while anti-gunners will tell women to play dead, use their keys to scratch, or attempt to use wasp spray on their attackers, we’ll keep preaching our message: a truly empowered woman is a woman who has the tools, and the skills to defend herself from an attacker, no matter what the size.


    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.

     

     

     

  • Action Alert & 2015 Legislative Update

    December 8, 2014

    Take action now — email your legislators to let them know your stance on 2nd Amendment issues before the 2015 legislative session begins!

    Fellow Iowans:

    In just over a month Iowa’s 86th General Assembly will convene in Des Moines. Our lawmakers need to know from the very beginning that we have certain expectations. That’s why we’ve created our Legislative Action Center. It lets you find exactly who your legislators are and makes it easy for you to establish contact with them. If you’re not exactly sure how to put your thoughts into words, we offer pre-written the emails for you to send (CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION NOW). This can’t be stressed enough: making frequent contact with your legislators is one of the most effective ways to protect your rights, and the Iowa Firearms Coalition wants to make that process as easy as possible.

    On January 12th we begin a new legislative session, and with the NRA and your help we plan to chart new territory. In recent years we’ve had limited success passing pro-2nd Amendment bills. It’s not because those bills lacked strong support. On the contrary, they generally had a huge backing. But one anti-gun legislator, Senator Rob Hogg of Cedar Rapids, held a key position in the legislature, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. From there he used procedural measures to block every bill that the Iowa Firearms Coalition and the NRA supported.

    This year things are going to be different though. Rob Hogg is no longer the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He’s been replaced by Steve Sodders of State Center. Sodders is a Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputy. In recent years he’s supported some of our bills. But he’s also opposed others. Let’s make sure Steve Sodders knows full well that Iowans believe strongly in our 2nd Amendment rights and will fight any attempt to infringe on those rights.

    We’ve just activated a pre-session action titled “2nd Amendment supporter looking forward to the upcoming session” in our Legislative Action Center. This is a great tool that allows Iowans to send a strong, pro-2nd Amendment message to Iowa’s lawmakersbefore the legislative session even begins. We’ll be updating the Legislative Action Center as various bills come up during the session, and we’ll be in touch each time we do.

    Fighting for our 2nd Amendment rights,

    Sheena Green
    Communications Director
    Iowa Firearms Coalition


    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.