• Action Needed! HF517, Iowa’s Stand Your Ground & More

    March 14, 2017

    Senate Moving Quickly on HF517
    Judiciary Committee Planning to Vote Thursday

    Email Your Senator Now

    Friends, this afternoon a three person Iowa Senate subcommittee voted to advance HF517 to the Senate Judiciary Committee. We don’t have an exact time yet, but we believe the Judiciary Committee will vote on this bill on Thursday, 3/16.
    We need you to do these two things FAST:
    1. Email your State Senator – our brand new Advocacy Campaign makes it incredibly easy
    2. Get at least 3 other people to email their Senators – forward this email or send them this link:
    This is the biggest pro-gun owner bill in state history. Stand Your Ground, Short Barreled Rifles, Youth Shooting, Permit Privacy and more. It’s all wrapped into House File 517.

    Visit our How a Bill Becomes A Law page if you’re wondering how close we are to getting this signed into law (HF517 is currently at step 16 of 20). We’ll be sharing more details on when to expect a vote as they become available. For now we need you to take action and email your Senators and respectfully urge them to vote Yes on HF517.

    Senate Judiciary Committee
    brad.zaun@legis.iowa.gov, dan.dawson@legis.iowa.gov, rich.taylor@legis.iowa.gov, tony.bisignano@legis.iowa.gov, nate.boulton@legis.iowa.gov, jeff.edler@legis.iowa.gov, julian.garrett@legis.iowa.gov, kevin.kinney@legis.iowa.gov, janet.petersen@legis.iowa.gov, charles.schneider@legis.iowa.gov, jason.schultz@legis.iowa.gov, tom.shipley@legis.iowa.gov, amy.sinclair@legis.iowa.gov

    Thank you for helping IFC
    Protect & Enhance the Second Amendment
    in Iowa!

  • Legislative Update – HF517 Assigned to Subcommittee

    March 12, 2017

    Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Assigned
    Omnibus Gun Bill Advances to the Senate
    Second Amendment Day 2017 a resounding SUCCESS!

    HF517 Status Report:

    By now you’ve probably heard, House File 517 breezed through the House last Tuesday on a 58-39 vote. This means HF517, the biggest pro-Second Amendment bill in state history, is now in the Iowa Senate. Our bill has been assigned to the Senate Judiciary Committee and a three person subcommittee consisting of Senators Dan Dawson, Janet Peterson and Brad Zaun. This is very good news.

    As we’ve told you before, Senator Zaun is staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and long time ally of the Iowa Firearms Coalition. Senator Dawson is new to the Iowa Senate (he’s the man who replaced Mike Gronstal) and is a major supporter of gun owner’s rights and has been a big advocate for our bill in the Senate. Both Zaun and Dawson made time to come over to the House and watch the debate on HF517 last Tuesday. Senator Dawson stayed and observed the entire 4+ hour debate. That’s extremely encouraging.

    When will they vote? At this point it’s impossible to tell, nothing is on the schedule yet. Though both Zaun and Dawson have assured us this will not get brushed aside. We could see movement on HF517 in the Senate as early as this week, so be ready to take action on short notice.

    Who Voted YES

    Please take a moment and send a quick thank you to the 58 Republicans and Democrats who voted YES on HF517. Here’s the list of House members Who Voted YES on HF517.

    Thank you to all of you who took time to reach out to your representatives. Representative Scott Ourth, a Democrat, recently explained why he broke ranks with many of his fellow Democrats and voted YES on HF517:
    “I got hundreds emails and phone calls urging me to vote “yes” and hardly any asking me to resist.”
    Because of you and the thousands like you who took the time to send emails and make phone calls Rep. Ourth voted yes on our bill. This proves it yet again, your time and effort are not in vain. Keep up the good work, we’re not done yet!

    2A Day a SUCCESS!

    Big shout out to all of you who took time to join us in the capitol for Second Amendment Day 2017! We had a great turnout of at least 120 people (note: these are all voting age Iowans -not minors- who are unpaid and took time off work to join us). We booked a large private room in the capitol so that we could have a number of speakers join us, unfortunately the room was too small to hold everyone, we had more than 30 people lined up outside the door trying to get in.​
    We’re extremely pleased (and proud) to report that everything went smoothly. We had a great crowd. Everyone in attendance did an outstanding job of representing IFC and gun owners everywhere. And we got to see the House vote on a historic pro-gun owner bill.We’re already planning on doing this again next year so please make plans to join us for Second Amendment Day 2018!


    Don’t forget, your legislators hold town hall meetings and forums regularly. Right now they’re getting bombarded by anti-gunners. It’s critical that these lawmakers hear from Iowans like you. We need to make sure we’re balancing out the gun control arguments and making it abundantly clear that a majority of Iowans like you want their right to keep and bear arms protected and enhanced. State legislator forum schedule

    While you’ve got your calendar out, Senator Joni Ernst is holding a pair of town meetings in Cedar Rapids and in Des Moines this Friday. If you can, please get to her meeting and speak up about the Second Amendment! Senator Joni Ernst forums

    More updates to come,
    Thanks for supporting the
    Iowa Firearms Coalition

  • Motorcycles, Machine Guns & Mass Permit to Carry – This Weekend!

    June 3, 2015
    Fellow Iowans-

    We’re still busy fighting in the capitol for the Omnibus Firearms Bill – no significant updates by the way, keep emailing!

    But just because we’re working doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy the great weather with some of your fellow IFC supporters and like minded individuals. This weekend we’re proud to promote three fantastic events.

    Motorcycles, Machine Guns & Mass Permit to Carry – here’s a brief run down of where we’ll be this weekend

    Senator Ernst’s Roast & Ride

    Senator Joni Ernst is throwing her First Annual “Roast & Ride” event in Boone from 11:30am to 5:30pm. This is a fundraising event and the Roast & Ride tickets are $30/each. Senator Ernst is an avid Second Amendment supporter, an IFC ally, and proven advocate in the fight to restore Second Amendment freedoms.
    Roast & Ride Invite

    Central Iowa Machine Gun Shoot

    Sureshot Range & Gunsmithing is hosting a Central Iowa Machine Gun Shoot in Mt. Auburn, Iowa. This event is taking place from 9am until
    dark on both Saturday and Sunday. This is a cash only event with a $10 admission fee for those 14+ years old. Firing NFA registered weapons
    is an additional $15/magazine.


    Mass Permit to Carry Recertification

    The guys over at Cedar Valley Outfitters are putting on a mass Permit to Carry Recertificiation Class this Sunday. As great as that is,
    they’re also going out of their way to donate a portion of every registration to Iowa Firearms Coalition. If your permit expires in
    2015 or 2016 this would be a great way to ensure you’re good to go for at least another 5 years. Please see the attached flyer attached to
    this mail for more information.



    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.

  • ATF Reverses Course, Will Not Ban M855

    March 10, 2015


    Over 80,000 Americans weighed in in a matter of a few short weeks

    BATFE calls of ban on M855 – for now

    The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has announced they will not be banning M855 ammunition at this time.

    In a statement put out just a short time ago the BATFE admitted to hearing a tidal wave of opposition. More than 80,000 comments in a matter of just a few short weeks. Among those comments were emails from several thousand Iowans who used our Legislative Action Center to voice their opinion that the BATFE was making a colossal mistake. The BATFE statement reads:

    “Although ATF endeavored to create a proposal that reflected a good faith interpretation of the law and balanced the interests of law enforcement, industry, and sportsmen, the vast majority of the comments received to date are critical of the framework, and include issues that deserve further study. Accordingly, ATF will not at this time seek to issue a final framework. After the close of the comment period, ATF will process the comments received, further evaluate the issues raised therein, and provide additional open and transparent process (for example, through additional proposals and opportunities for comment) before proceeding with any framework.”

    We couldn’t be more proud to have helped turn the tide against this latest backdoor gun control attempt. We were extremely proud to see Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst take a stand for our rights as well. As we pointed out on March 1st, Sen. Grassley pledged to use his position as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee to fight the ban.

    By now the message should be clear. Iowan’s are willing and able to Stand and Fight to protect our freedoms.

    Thank you to everyone that joined us!

    Stay vigilant though, we know M855 and other ammunition types are in anti-gunner’s sights. It’s just a matter of time before another backdoor gun control scheme surfaces. And when that happens we’ll do our part to help the cause.

    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.

  • Joni Ernst Carries a “Beautiful Little S&W 9mm” Virtually Everywhere

    January 20, 2015

    Long before Joni Ernst was elected to congress, she was a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.

    We’ve been big fans of Joni for a long time. She’s a mother, a soldier, and someone who recognizes it is her responsibility to protect herself.

    In 2012 at our Second Amendment Rally, Joni proudly boasted that she owned a “beautiful little Smith and Wesson 9mm” that she carries virtually everywhere in her little black purse. Fast forward to the 7:25 mark in our YouTube clip to see Joni talk about the importance of concealed carry laws and Second Amendment rights.

    We’re proud that Joni’s a supporter of the Iowa Firearms Coalition, and we’re extremely happy that Iowa’s first woman elected to congress is such a strong protector of the Second Amendment.

    Make ’em squeal Joni!



    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.

  • Throwback Thursday: “Local” MDA Activist’s Ambush Thwarted by IFC Members

    November 20, 2014

    Here’s a fun throwback from August. That’s when Mom’s Demand Action’s so-called “local” supporters attempted to get the drop on then candidate Joni Ernst in the middle of her Iowa State Fair stump speech. Prior to the event they sent out robo-calls searching for mom’s to come to the state fair and call out Joni.

    They were so desperate to get anyone to come out that they offered to reimburse these mom’s parking costs, admission fees, even the money spent on food they ate while at the state fair. You know it’s bad when you have to bribe people to come to your events.

    But here’s the real kicker: the calls were made from California, and if you planned on going you had to RSVP with the organizers based in California.

    Take a listen:



    Here’s what makes this story great: IFC members, with little more than 24 hours notice showed up in great numbers the day of Joni’s speech. The angry moms organized by out of state rabble rousers numbered somewhere in the half-dozen range. The speech went off without a hitch, and those moms who did show up didn’t make a peep.

    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Good things happen because IFC members can always be relied upon to come together and make a stand for what’s right.

    What’s even better? You recognize the value of your freedoms and are willing stand up for them without having to be bribed!



    IFC is able to mobilize our members through a variety of means. The best way to stay up to date on critical events such as this is to join our email list. Please also consider following us on Facebook and Twitter.





  • NRA backed candidates win historic number of races

    November 5, 2014

    Untitled-1Last night was a good night for NRA backed candidates. They won a historic number of races around the country. Americans sent a strong message to Michael Bloomberg, Gabby Giffords, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, and every other gun control pusher: no more gun control! Special congrats to Joni Ernst and David Young who fended off the anti-gun crowd’s millions of dollars in attacks and will soon represent Iowans. From the NRA’s Political Victory Fund:

    As a result of the NRA’s efforts in the 2014 elections, NRA-PVF endorsed candidates won hard-fought victories in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia.  The NRA was pivotal in re-electing pro-gun governors in Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Texas and Wisconsin, and in ousting a Bloomberg-backed anti-gun governor in Maryland. In addition, the NRA had great success in races for the U.S. House, including significant victories in AR-2, CO-6, FL-26, IA-3, NH-1, and VA-10, among many others. 

  • 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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  • BREAKING: Gabby Giffords to visit Iowa in support of Bruce Braley

    October 14, 2014

    Courtesy: KCCI


    Gabby Giffords will soon be visiting our state in an attempt to drum up support for Representative Bruce Bailey’s Braley’s run for the US Senate. Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly head the gun control super PAC “Americans for Responsible Solutions.” Giffords has just begun a nine state tour that’s pushing a gun control agenda that will allegedly “help protect women and families.”

    Specific details of Giffords’ visit have yet to be released to the public.

    This isn’t the first time Braley has leaned on these anti-gunners for support. Almost a year ago Giffords and Kelly spoke at the “Bruce Blues & BBQ.” Giffords’ super PAC has even endorsed Braley’s run for the senate.

    Braley has been very open about his desire to enact stricter gun control regulations, and his close relationship with Giffords and Kelly erases any doubt that if elected Braley will support more gun control. If for no other reason than to repay Giffords and Co. for the favors they’ve done for him and his campaign.

    For this reason and many others IFC is proud to support Joni Ernst in her run for Senate. And we encourage our fellow Iowans who value their rights and oppose the Braley/Giffords/Michael Bloomberg gun control scheme to vote for Ernst in the upcoming election.

    If you’re interested in joining our fight to elect solid, pro-gun candidates this November CLICK HERE to volunteer and make a real difference.

  • In his own words: Bruce Braley calling for more gun regulation

    October 13, 2014

    Bruce Braley, a “strong supporter” of the 2nd Amendment wants more regulation. By this point it should be old news that Braley, a trial lawyer by trade, favors more regulation. If this ticks you off as much as it ticks us off, join us in our fight to oust Braley and the rest of his anti-gun comrades on November 4th.




    I’m a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. But the Second Amendment is like the other amendments in the Bill of Rights, it’s a balance between individual liberty and the public good. And that’s why it starts out in order to have a well-regulated militia. So we want to make sure that we’re providing that proper balance. And I think that there’s a big difference between where we stand on these issues. Senator Ernst doesn’t think you should even have to go to a permit process to carry a concealed weapon and you should be able to take him to a bar or church. And I think that’s wrong.”


    Special thanks to Jan Mickelson for sharing this video.