• National Anti-Gun Groups Piling On SF425

    March 19, 2015
    Iowa Police or  Mom Demand Action. Who would you think knows more about fighting crime?

    When you are in danger who would you rather call? The police -OR- a mom that demands action?

    Who’s Who of Anti-Gunners

    There’s a lot of games being played behind closed doors in the capitol right now. We’re in full on legislative mode and it’s obvious we’ve rattled several cages. The anti-gun groups have flocked to Iowa from around the country and are scrambling to derail SF425 by any means necessary.

    We’re doing everything we can, but right now we need you to weigh in. Use our latest Advocacy Campaign to send a “It’s time for a vote on SF425” message to your Senator, then give ’em a call at the Senate switchboard (515-281-3371) and leave them a message.

    In the last 48 hours we’ve seen out-of-state gun control groups parachute into Iowa politics at a remarkable rate. It’s venerable “Who’s Who” of national anti-gun groups.

    Moms Demand Action
    Everytown for Gun Safety
    Americans for Responsible Solutions
    Center for American Progress
    Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
    And more

    They’re all clambering to stop this bill. They’re falsely claiming this bill would “arm felons and domestic abusers” by making Iowa’s Permit to Acquire optional.

    What they’re not telling you is that under federal law it’s illegal to sell any firearm to a prohibited person (the list includes felons and domestic abusers, among others). If SF425 is signed into law, it would still be illegal to sell any firearm to a prohibited person.

    In fact, the anti-gunners have failed to mention the fact that this bill actually increases the penalties for anyone making an illegal firearms sale. Of course this doesn’t fit their scare tactic, so it’s no real surprise they’ve left this critical detail out.

    SF425 – Endorsed by Iowa Law Enforcement

    We’ve pointed this out before, but it bears repeating. This bill has been carefully crafted and was created alongside Iowa’s law enforcement community. It addresses several issues with Iowa legal code they’d like to see fixed. Things like making permit to carry licenses uniform state-wide, and creating a means to electronically verify the validity of a person’s permit to carry.

    Everything that’s included in this bill has been endorsed by Iowa’s law enforcement community. And yet the gun control crowd continues to purposely ignore the experts on crime in Iowa.

    Not only have Iowa’s police endorsed this bill, they’ve also worked side by side with the firearms community to lobby for this bill’s passage.

    Ask yourself, if this bill was really so bad, why would the police want to see it passed?

    The answer is simple. They know more about fighting crime than anyone else, and when they examined this bill they see that it does not put Iowans in danger.

    The Iowa Police Chiefs Association, the Iowa State Sheriffs’ and Deputies Association, and the Iowa Peace Officers Association all agree this is a good bill.

    SF425 – Endorsed by police – Backed by Iowans.

    It’s time for a vote on SF425!! Use our latest Advocacy Campaign to send a strong message to your Senator.


    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.

  • Everytown for Gun Safety Purposely Ignoring Iowa Law Enforcement

    March 17, 2015

     

    Who has a better handle on crime in Iowa? The police -OR- Michael Bloomberg

    This all boils down to who do you trust more. A nanny-state billionaire –OR– the men and women of Iowa who work to keep law and order.

     

    Lots of hot air

    There’s a lot of talk about SF425, the Omnibus Gun Bill. Unfortunately there’s also a lot of misinformation being intentionally spread around.

    One side is screaming, shouting, and doing everything they can to misrepresent this bill. They’ve even gone so far as to falsely claim this bill would “arm domestic abusers and felons.” No surprise, it’s the anti-gun crowd once again spreading deceit and misinformation.

    Everything they do, everything they say, is built around trying make you think the Omnibus Gun Bill will make you less safe. The reality is they’re wrong, and Iowa’s law enforcement community would be one of the first to tell you that.

    Tell your Senator ‘it’s time for a vote on SF425!’

    What you’re not being told

    What the anti-gunners are purposely not telling you is that Iowa’s police officers, sheriffs, and other law enforcement officers all agree: SF425 is a good bill, and passing it will not impact your safety.

    How do we know they feel that way? Well for starters they worked with us to help craft this bill. We’ve been working side by side with the police to get this bill passed. Think about it, why would they support any bill that would make you less safe? Their support proves this is good legislation.

    Don’t believe us? Check the lobbyist declarations for SF425 and HF527 the Senate and House version of the Omnibus Gun Bill. The bills are endorsed by groups like the:

    Iowa Police Chiefs Association
    Iowa State Sheriffs’ and Deputies Association
    Iowa Peace Officers Association

    Who do you trust more?

    Ultimately this whole argument comes down to trust. Who do you feel is more trustworthy?

     

    Iowa’s police officers, sheriffs deputies and law enforcement officials.
    –OR–
    The gun control crowd, and their nanny-state sugar daddies.

    The men and women who everyday put on their uniforms and work to keep you safe.
    –OR–
    A bunch of moms who think demanding action will solve anything.

    The ones you call when something goes bump in the night.
    –OR–
    The fast talking out-of-state lobbyists flown in from New York City.

     

    SF425 – Endorsed by police. Backed by Iowans.

    If this bill endangered Iowans there’s no way Iowa’s law enforcement community would sign off on it. And yet despite all of the claims being made by anti-gun groups, Iowa’s police do in fact say this is a good bill.

    We trust the police to keep us safe.

    We call them when we’re in danger.

    We turn to them when our communities are in need.

    Now it’s time to listen to them.

    It’s time for a vote on SF425.

     


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The 9-1-1 Mentality — NRA Life of Duty

    December 17, 2014

    “If someone is breaking into your house, your duty at that time is to protect your children or yourself.”
    “I’ve never met a cop said I really hope she ain’t got a gun in there. Every call I’ve ever answered you hope and pray that the innocent people involved have a way to protect themselves. And that may not be a gun. Maybe a knife it may be a rolling pin, post and pans. I mean, I’m not telling you that you have to own a gun, and you have to train with it. I’m telling you that you need to prepare yourself to be able to protect yourself.”
    Brandon — Former South Carolina SWAT Team Leader and Gang Investigator


    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.

  • 13 Most Dangerous Cities in Iowa

    November 6, 2014

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    Whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, our own personal safety is every individual’s responsibility. The folks over at HomeSecurityShield have sifted through the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report to compile a list of the 13 statistically most dangerous cities in Iowa. The rankings are based off of violent crime, such as: murder/manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Also included are stats on property crime, such as: burglary, theft, arson.

    Iowa Firearms Coalition encourages everyone to take responsibility for their own safety. Whether this means carrying a concealed firearm, pepper spray, a taser, or learning basic self-defense, being alert and prepared are two of the best things you can do to keep yourself from becoming a victim. If you’re interested in getting a Permit to Carry, or doing some training, we highly recommend you check out our Permits and Training page.

     

    1. Council Bluffs – Violent Crimes: 11.86 per 1,000 residents

      Council Bluffs has a crime rate of about 80 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Council Bluffs? One in 12.

    2. Keokuk – Violent Crimes: 10.33 per 1,000 residents

      Keokuk has a crime rate of about 66 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Keokuk? One in 15.

    3. Waterloo – Violent Crimes: 6.82 per 1,000 residents

      Waterloo has a crime rate of about 43 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Waterloo? One in 23.

    4. Burlington – Violent Crimes: 6.78 per 1,000 residents

      Burlington has a crime rate of about 47 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Burlington? One in 21.

    5. Muscatine – Violent Crimes: 6.78 per 1,000 residents

      Muscatine has a crime rate of about 42 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Muscatine? One in 24.

    6. Clinton – Violent Crimes: 6.35 per 1,000 residents

      Clinton has a crime rate of about 51 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Clinton? One in 19.

    7. Davenport – Violent Crimes: 5.97 per 1,000 residents

      Davenport has a crime rate of about 45 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Davenport? One in 22.

    8. Fort Madison – Violent Crimes: 5.44 per 1,000 residents

      Fort Madison has a crime rate of about 30 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Fort Madison? One in 33.

    9. Fort Dodge – Violent Crimes: 5.34 per 1,000 residents

      Fort Dodge has a crime rate of about 52 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Fort Dodge? One in 19.

    10. Boone – Violent Crimes: 5.28 per 1,000 residents

      Boone has a crime rate of about 31 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Boone? One in 32.

    11. Des Moines – Violent Crimes: 5.27 per 1,000 residents

      Des Moines has a crime rate of about 55 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Des Moines? One in 18.

    12. Centerville – Violent Crimes: 5.26 per 1,000 residents

      Centerville has a crime rate of about 50 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Centerville? One in 20.

    13. Marshalltown – Violent Crimes:5.09 per 1,000 residents

      Marshalltown has a crime rate of about 38 per one thousand residents.

      Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Marshalltown? One in 27.


    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.