• Message from the IFC Board — Effectively Communicating with Your Legislators

    January 23, 2015

    The following message was written by John Reed, Chairman of the Iowa Firearms Coalition’s Board of Directors. Reed is also one of our main lobbyists. He works extremely closely with our legislators on an almost daily basis, and provides valuable insight in how IFC members can maximize their effectiveness.


    John Reed – IFC Board Chairman

    It occurs to me that some of you may not know how you can help to communicate with your legislators in a manner that will synchronize your message with ours. Of course, feel free to communicate anyway that you want, but if you want to be helping us in our efforts in a generic sort of way, here’s what you can do.

    Stress these two themes in all your communications, doing this will put an exclamation point on what the IFC lobbyists are saying on the hill.

    1) ALWAYS state clearly that you support and want them to support a Right to Keep and Bear Arms amendment to the Iowa Constitution and that you won’t settle for the federal wording. You want the enhanced language that National Rifle Association and Iowa Firearms Coalition has presented.

    It may happen that a bill would get introduced that would mimic the federal language. We’ve been told that such a bill would get strong support from nearly everyone in both chambers. However, that bill, should it come out, would NOT be anything IFC would support. Amending the Constitution is a long, arduous fight so it’s not done very much. Therefore, If we’re going to work to get an amendment through, that amendment MUST be the best we can get for future generations of Iowans.

    I think we can all agree that the federal language, while clear to us, has been problematic in this age, and is yet not properly applied to We the People’s rights. Therefore, the language we will be putting up (very soon) will be an amplified version wherein the meaning of the language is clarified.

    Example: Would you believe that there are some (perhaps many) who don’t understand that the word “bear” means “carry”? I personally find that absurd, but it’s there nonetheless. So, it’s imperative that the word “carry” be inserted into any amendment we put forth. In addition, our language would include the legal phrase, “strict scrutiny,” a phrase I’ll not explain here because you can easily look it up. But that phrase MUST be included in order that the high courts not easily erode the protection we intend the new amendment to afford our kids and grand kids.

    2) ALWAYS state clearly that their support of the Second Amendment will always benefit them and never harm them with the public. The 2nd Amendment is a winner for politicians – always has been and always will be. In fact, support for the 2nd Amendment is growing with the public as recent polls clearly point out.

    Some legislators seem to understand this to the extent that they know their district and how it feels about our firearms rights. But, even they become concerned when they think of other districts. Rare indeed is a district where a legislator would be punished for voting for any good firearms rights bills. You see, that’s what this is — it’s a civil, common law RIGHT. Firearms aren’t ‘social’ bills and we certainly don’t ask for money. This is about our CIVIL RIGHTS! Legislators who support civil rights win. Therefore, when they support firearms bills, they win! Help them understand that.

    Unless we are calling for you to support a specific action or issue, use the above as a guide to include with your communications to your legislators. Doing this would be helping us a great deal.

    Thank you for your efforts!

    John Reed
    Chair – Board of Directors
    Iowa Firearms Coalition

    Use the Iowa Firearms Coalition’s Legislative Action Center to find your legislators, send them a pro-Second Amendment email, and sign up for our newsletter.

    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.

  • IFC volunteers making a difference

    October 20, 2014



    Motivated volunteers from the Iowa Firearms Coalition spent the weekend helping Iowa candidates get out the vote. Teams of volunteers door knocked in three high priority races, reminding voters who are friendly to our cause about the upcoming election. Sign up to volunteer and help us reshape the Iowa Senate.

    The IFC Get Out the Vote campaign is not your typical election work. You’ll only be going to specific addresses of residents who have indicated they’re friendly to causes like ours. You don’t need to worry about door knocking on some crazy hardcore anti-gun nut’s door and getting into an argument with them. It generally goes like this:

    A quick knock on the door, “Hi, my name is _____ and I’m with Iowa Firearms Coalition. We are out today asking for your support for (candidate) for (Senate or House). We need your vote to ensure protection for your firearms rights and regain them.” 

    There’s no pressure, no selling, just a simple reminder. If they ask any questions, just write it down, get their contact information and tell them we’ll follow-up with them.

    Chairman of the Iowa Firearms Coalition board John Reed was out volunteering this weekend and filed this report:


    This is fun. This is easy. And, you can make a difference for your firearms rights and those of all Iowans! Here are the facts that you should hold on to:

    As long as the Democrat Party controls the IA Senate, they will appoint Senator Robert Hogg as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee,

    Every firearms bill introduced to the IA Senate is uniformly assigned to the Judiciary Committee,

    Senator Hogg, in his capacity of Chairman of that Committee has sworn that NO GUN BILLS WILL PASS THROUGH HIS COMMITTEE WHILE HE IS CHAIRMAN, and

    Therefore, to remove Senator Hogg’s power to quash all firearms bills, we must shift the controlling party of the Senate over to the Republicans, who will appoint someone else as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.


    With only a few weeks left to go before election day, your help is critical. Please SIGN UP to help us make sure gun owners cast their votes!

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