• Omnibus Firearms Bill Addressing Suppressors & Many Gun Issues to be Filed Soon

    March 1, 2015
    Windschitl wants to legalize suppressors and fix many other Second Amendment issues in Iowa.

    Rep. Matt Windschitl’s latest newsletter describing his suppressor/firearms omnibus bill for Iowa.

    The time for action is very near

    As you may know, we’ve hinted for a while now that a big firearms bill is in the works. We’re still putting the final touches on it, but the time has come to start spreading the word.

    We plan to legalize suppressors and fix many issues that have plagued Iowa’s firearms owners for years.

    Representative Matt Windchitl, a stalwart supporter of Iowa’s firearms community, will soon introduce a wide-ranging omnibus firearms bill. Windschitl made the announcement in his latest legislative newsletter. Building off last year’s landslide of support for legalizing suppressors, the bill addresses suppressors and many other issues the Iowa Firearms Coalition has raised over the last several years.

    According to Windschitl the bill:

    -Legalizes suppressors and creates a process for a chief law enforcement officer to sign off on the paper work a citizen needs to purchase a suppressor. This is a federal requirement and just one step in the process to obtain a suppressor.

    -Corrects the renewal process and extends the time a person can go without retraining from 5 years to 10 years. So a permit will last for 5 years, but you can renew it without retraining on your first renewal.

    -Creates a simplified method of obtaining retraining after this 10 year window by allowing the retraining to be a simple online course approved by the NRA or Department of Public Safety. It also allows for a person to shoot on a range for their qualification if they so choose or to take a full course like they did for their first permit.

    -Specifically exempts veterans with small arms training from ever having to go through initial training or retraining if they can produce their military qualifications at the time of application.

    -Lengthens the window in which you can renew your permit from the current 30 days prior to expiration requirement, to now allowing you to renew 30 days before or after the expiration date on the permit.

    -Clarifies that when an applicant takes online training that it is done with either a live instructor teaching a course, or that an instructor has taught a prerecorded course. In either case the applicants participation must be verified by an instructor.

    -Eliminates the annual permit to acquire and makes this an optional permit to acquire firearms that will now be good for 5 years instead of 1 year.

    -Establishes permit privacy so the information you submit to obtain your permit will no longer be subject to public information requests. Your personally identifiable information will only be able to be released to law enforcement when necessary in the course of their duties. This protects not only permit holders, but also none permit holders as it will prevent someone with criminal intentions from being able to readily identify who may or may not have a weapon.

    -Eliminates the absurd law that bans parents from being able to teach their children under fourteen how to shoot a pistol or revolver. Under current law if a parent wants to teach their child to shoot a rifle or shotgun they can, but they cannot teach a child under fourteen how to use a pistol or revolver. This change will put the responsibility to make the decision of when a child should be taught firearm safety back where it belongs, in the parents hands.

    -Establishes a statewide verification system law enforcement can use to check the validity of a permit. This is good for both law enforcement and those Iowans who exercise their right to carry a weapon. Currently if you were to forget your permit and be stopped by law enforcement they would have to seize your weapon and potentially charge you for carrying without a permit. With the system they will be able to verify if you have a valid permit and not take your weapon away. Having this system may also help us to gain reciprocity with other states like Minnesota. Do not be alarmed though, this is not a gun registry or database of firearm owners. The system will only contain information that verifies if a permit is valid or not. It will not include information on specific weapons or people who simply own weapons but do not have a permit.

    -Will create uniform permits throughout the state that will only have necessary information listed on the permit card. This will apply to both a permit to carry and the now optional permit to acquire. We specifically strike the requirement to have a person’s residence listed on the permit card as there is no need for this information on a permit. Uniformity in permits will not only be a benefit to law enforcement but also the public and firearm stores.

    -Outlaws the practice commonly referred to by law enforcement as a “straw purchase”, where someone who is prohibited from having a firearm obtains one by having another person purchase a firearm for them.  Federal law already has similar prohibitions, but state law is not as clear as it needs to be on the topic.

    The Clock Is Ticking

    During Iowa’s legislative process a bill must meet certain deadlines. The first of these deadlines is Friday March 6th (sometimes called the first funnel). This is when all bills must be passed out of the committees they’ve been assigned. We’ve created a page explaining How a Bill Becomes a Law in Iowa.

    As soon as this bill is introduced the Iowa Firearms Coalition will be spreading the message. We have just a few short days to get this bill passed out of committee before the first funnel. It’s a big task, but we’ve been preparing for this for months, and thanks to the groundwork our lobbyists have been laying we’re confident we can get past this first hurdle IF we can show strong grassroots support from across the state.

    Sign up for our email list for the latest information. We’ll also be spreading the message on our Facebook & Twitter pages. Follow us and join the conversation.

    More updates to come!


    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.

  • Suppressor Demonstration

    February 13, 2015

     

    This video by SilencerCo does a great job demonstrating the real life effectiveness of a firearm suppressor. Despite their inaccurate Hollywood portrayal suppressors are not “silencers.”

    The average firearm generates approximately 140 to 170 decibels of noise each time it is shot. Repeated and prolonged exposure to this level of noise can quickly lead to permanent damage to a shooter’s hearing.

    A suppressor brings a firearm’s noise level down by approximately 30 to 35 decibels. This is accomplished by capturing and slowly releasing the hot gasses used to propel a bullet. Mechanically speaking a suppressor works the exact same way the muffler works on your car or truck.

    As this video clearly demonstrates, a suppressor drops a firearm’s noise level by approximately 20% – hardly what Hollywood has lead most Americans to believe.

    These useful safety accessories are already legal in 39 other states. If legalized in Iowa suppressors would still be regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934. This means any Iowan wanting to purchase a suppressor would have to pass a federal background check, pay $200 tax, and be added to a Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives registry.

     


    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.

     

  • Stop Hurricane Katrina style confiscations — Support HF45

    February 11, 2015

     

    We’re working to keep Hurricane Katrina style gun confiscations from ever happening in Iowa. Rep. Matt Windchitl has introduced House File 45, an emergency powers act that would keep scenarios like the one seen above from playing out here in Iowa.

    Use our “Email Your Legislators” tool to tell Iowa’s lawmakers to support HF45 and other pro-Second Amendment legislation

    HF45 would prohibit the confiscation of firearms, ammunition, and other Second Amendment rights during a “disaster emergency proclamation” or “public disorder” declared by the governor, or any other state official, or any community within the State of Iowa. In essence this bill would keep Hurricane Katrina style confiscation of firearms from happening in Iowa.

    More specifically, during times of emergency it would keep government officials from: prohibiting, regulating, or curtailing the lawful use of firearms, or ammunition. They also could not suspend or revoke concealed carry permits or permits to acquire. The also could not seize or confiscate legally owned firearms or ammunition.

    Under this bill government officials could not force a gun shop to close down, or limit their operating hours, while other businesses in the area are allowed to remain open. Gun shops could be closed down only if all businesses the area are also shut down.

    If a person’s Second Amendment Rights are unlawfully violated during times of emergency under this bill that person is allowed pursue legal action to get their firearm and ammunition back. The government that unlawfully confiscated the firearm or ammunition would also be responsible for the victim’s court costs and attorney’s fees.

    Use our “Email Your Legislators” tool to tell Iowa’s lawmakers to support HF45 and other pro-Second Amendment legislation


    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.

  • Tama officials attempting to pass ILLEGAL gun ban

    November 1, 2014

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    The Tama City Council is in the process of trying to ban weapons of any kind on city property. On October 24 the council voted 4-0 to approve a ban on all weapons on city property, including concealed weapons carried by properly permitted citizens. In short they want to keep you from carrying on all city property. This includes city parks.

    Tama City Council members Steve Baier, Doug Ray, Mike Carnahan, and Kenny McAdoo all voted in favor of the ban. Crystal Kaufman did not cast a vote because she was not present when the proposed ban was brought up for its first vote. The proposed ban will be voted on again on November 3rd. Please feel free to contact Tama’s elected officials and tell them IFC has gotten wind of their proposed ban, and remind them that it is both illegal, and illogical.

    The Iowa Firearms Coalition reminds the Tama City Council that bans like this are actually illegal in Iowa. Reference: Iowa Code 724.28

    This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the kind of behavior in Tama, or other parts of the state as well. According the Tama News-Herald:

    “Mayor Dan Zimmerman said the city council, in 2011, had considered much of what was adopted Monday night, but had not acted upon it then.”

    The Iowa firearms Coalition fought of many, many attempts to ban weapons on city property by anti-gun city councils around the state in the days after our Shall Issue was signed into law. Fortunately for Iowa’s permit to carry owners, this kind of behavior is specifically prohibited under Iowa.

    Even if it wasn’t illegal, you’d hope that elected officials would be smart enough to know that creating so-called “gun free zones” will not stop anyone who is intent on doing harm. It’s a sad story, but we’ve seen it time and time again. A sticker on a door, or an ordinance on the city books means nothing to lawbreakers and will do nothing to keep these types of people from hurting others. We’d hope that Tama’s elected officials would remember what happened earlier this year in Maquoketa when a mad-man with a gun completely bypassed the “Gun Free Zone” stickers on the Jackson County Courthouse and attempted to murder the county assessor.
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    The fact is proposed weapons bans such this one are illegal in Iowa. And even if they weren’t they do nothing to physically stop an individual from harming people on city property. If there is anything bans such as this do, it’s disarm citizens and take away their right and ability to protect themselves.

    Please contact Tama’s elected officials and tell them IFC has gotten wind of their proposed ban, and remind them that it is both illegal, and illogical.