• Branstad expected to sign HF517 this week!

    April 9, 2017

    Branstad expected to sign HF517 this week!

    Iowans-

    We’ve cleared all the legislative hurdles. Passed all the subcommittees, committees and floor votes. Now the biggest pro-Second Amendment bill in the history of our state is one signature away from being law.

    Following an epic set of closing comments from Rep. Matt Windchitl the Iowa House of Representatives passed House File 517 for the final time, concurring with the Senate and sending HF517 to Governor Terry Branstad. Governor Branstad’s office has indicated he plans to sign the bill into law this week.

    Once the bill is signed by the governor two provisions, Permit Privacy and Supervised Youth Handgun Training, will be effective immediately. The rest, Stand Your Ground, SBRs/SBSs, Emergency Powers, and so on, will go into effect on July 1st.
    Windschitl: “Iowa gun owners are being lied to”

    Representative Windschitl’s closing remarks on House File 517 have caused quite a stir throughout the state. Windschitl called out the Iowa Gun Owners (IGO) group for lying to thousands of Iowans. Windschitl noted that despite their claims of being the driving force behind HF517, Iowa Gun Owners and their leaders never once spoke up about HF517, Stand Your Ground or any other provision of HF517 during the multiple subcommittees and public comment periods. IGO never registered as an organization in favor of the gun bill (here’s the list of everyone who actually declared for or against HF517) and most shockingly IGO isn’t even registered as a lobbying organization in the State of Iowa.  We’ve uploaded Rep. Windschitl’s comments to our YouTube page.Windschitl’s epic closing comments caused enough stir that KCRG‘s Forrest Saunders did some digging and found even more concerning information on the Iowa Gun Owners organization.Tax documents from 2014 show Iowa Gun Owners made more than $293,000– mostly from grants and contributions. All but about $13,000 was spent. The majority of the money went to list email fees, direct mail fees and postage.
    There was no compensation listed for any employees, including Director Dorr, despite claiming he works 70 hours per week.
    KCRG-TV9 asked Dorr about the amount of time he works for the group without payment. He called the question “hostile” and declined to answer, except through email.
    Word is getting out about who’s actually fighting for your rights in Des Moines and who’s continually blowing hot air. Please keep spreading the word about the Iowa Firearms Coalition!Suppressor Giveaway
    To show how thankful we are for your continued support we’ve partnered with SilencerCo and Controlled Chaos Arms to give away a FREE SilencerCo Omega suppressor.

    If you’re an active IFC member you’re automatically entered to win. It doesn’t matter if you’re a life member, annual member, long-time member or brand new member. You don’t need to do anything, as long as you’re an active IFC member you’re automatically entered to win.

    If you’re not an IFC member, now would be a very good time to join. We’ll announce the winner Saturday, April 29th, so if you’re not a member yet you’ve still got a chance to join up and win.

    Annual IFC Memberships are $35 a year. We also have IFC Life Memberships available and for a short time we’re running special on life memberships. Our normal $600 life membership rate has been temporarily reduced to $400 if you sign up online and use the Coupon Code: LIFE.

    More updates to come
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    Iowa Firearms Coalition!

  • Dubuque Woman Raped & Murdered because Killer Had “Nothing Better To Do.”

    September 3, 2015
    Helmon Betwell, 19, of Dubuque is accused of raping and murdering a random Dubuque woman who was "in the wrong place at the wrong time" and because he "had nothing better to do."

    Helmon Betwell, 19, is accused of raping & murdering a random Dubuque woman who was “in the wrong place at the wrong time” because he “had nothing better to do.”

     

    “Wrong Place Wrong Time”

    A Dubuque, Iowa woman is dead after being raped and severely beaten by nineteen year old Helmon Betwell because “there was nothing better to do.”

    According to KCRG:

    Helmon Betwell, 19, told police he had nothing better to do early Tuesday morning and he wanted to get into more trouble. Police said Betwell told officers he did not know the victim and stated “she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

    Betwell told police he was breaking into vehicles in the area of 17th Street and Central Avenue around 4:40 a.m. when he noticed a female crossing the street, according to court documents. Betwell told police he knocked her unconscious and then carried her to a vacant property at 75 W. 17th Street. He told police that’s where he raped her and continued to “hit her everywhere.”

    Nearby traffic cameras recorded Betwell beating the woman and dragging her up the steps to the front yard of an abandoned building, where police said he admitted to raping and continuing to beat the victim, who authorities have yet to identify.

    Police claim Betwell ran back to his home on White Street, changed clothes and returned to where he left the woman. He beat her again before running off, authorities said.

    Betwell has been charged with first-degree murder, first-degree sexual assault and two counts of third-degree burglary. His trial date is set for September 11th. His bail has been set at $1 million.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim of this brutal killing as well as her family and friends.

    We’ll likely never know exactly whether or not the victim of this attack could have prevented it. But we can use this gruesome story to remind ourselves and our loved ones to stay vigilant, maintain a high sense of situational awareness, and always be prepared to defend yourself and your loved ones from evil people with “nothing better to do.”


    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.