• Ohio Legislature Approves Suppressors for Hunting

    December 11, 2014

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    Lawmakers in Ohio have just approved the legalization of suppressors for hunting. The bill is now waiting for Ohio Governor John Kasich’s signature (which he’s expected to sign). Our counterparts in Ohio, the Buckeye Firearms Association, have been working extremely hard to legalize suppressors. Yesterday the Ohio House of Representatives passed H.B.234 by a massive 69-16 margin. Once again we’re seeing that when legislators take the time to thoroughly examine the legalization of suppressors the vast majority of reasonable lawmakers find no reason to oppose such a bill.

    During the 2014 legislative session the National Rifle Association, the Iowa Firearms Coalition, and the American Suppressor Association all pushed for the legalization of suppressors in Iowa. The bill passed through the Iowa House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support, only to be stopped cold by the anti-gun chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Rob Hogg. Full details on the plight of last year’s suppressor bill can be found HERE.

    A bill to legalize suppressors will likely be brought up again in the 2015 legislative session. Fortunately for Iowa’s firearms community Sen. Rob Hogg is no longer the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He’s been replaced by Senator Steve Sodders, of State Center. Sodders has been supportive of some of our pro-2nd Amendment bills in the past, but has opposed others.

    Remember, the primary role of a suppressor is to reduce the overall sound signature of the host firearm to hearing safe levels. Contrary to popular belief, they do not “silence” or eliminate the noise of a gunshot. Rather, they trap the expanding gasses at the muzzle of a firearm and allow them to slowly cool, in a similar fashion to car mufflers. Their muffling capabilities intrinsically make them a hearing protection device for both the shooter and those around them.

    If you’d like to see suppressors legalized in Iowa, there are two very important steps you can take right now before the 2015 legislative session begins:

    1) Contact your legislators and tell them you want them to legalize suppressors as well as protect and enhance your 2nd Amendment rights.

    2) Fill out Senator Steve Sodders’ 2015 legislative priorities survey and make sure he knows that Iowa’s firearms community has high expectations for him.

    Bonus: Sign up for our email list to for the latest on pro-2nd Amendment bills, and Action Alerts to help advance our 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.

     

  • Davenport Civil Rights Commission trying to deny 2A rights of city councilman

    September 18, 2014

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    You probably could not make this up if you tried…

    Davenport Iowa’s Civil Rights Commission — the group tasked with making sure residents of their city are not discriminated against have been actively trying to deny the rights of anyone entering Davenport’s City Council Chambers. 

    Last night KWQC ran a story about how Davenport’s Civil Rights Commission attempted to pass a motion that would turn Davenport’s City Council Chambers into a so-called “weapons free zone.” That’s right, the Civil Rights Commission tried to unlawfully deny your 2nd Amendment right..

    If that’s not ironic enough, it gets even better… and Davenport’s 2nd Ward Alderman Bill Edmond is the reason why. Edmond has been known to carry a concealed firearm. Apparently this makes Tom Hart (the chairman of the Civil Rights Commission) uncomfortable. Boo. Hoo.

    “It’s intimidating to try to conduct a public meeting with two loaded guns sitting on the table.” Hart told Channel 6.

    According to Alderman Edmond, Hart’s claim is overstated “I would my put briefcase on the floor in back of me. He would have had to go over and look into my briefcase to see a gun in there. Our Civil Rights Commission, ironically, they were trying to take my rights away from me. I have the civil right to carry a gun under the Second Amendment and Iowa state law.”

    “We were going to pass a motion, and it would have been a unanimous decision to do so, to make it a weapon free zone.” Says Hart. Fortunately, Davenport’s legal department promptly put the Civil Right’s Commission in its place. They reminded Hart and company it’s not their job to create ordinances. Of course, there’s also that little detail in Iowa’s Constitution dealing with preemption and so-called “weapons free zones” in municipal buildings (Iowa Constitution Amendments 25 and 37).

    So let’s recap… Bill Edmond, a man elected by Davenport residents, legally carries a concealed firearm into a meeting with a group of civil liberties folks whose job it is to make sure people are treated fairly. But when those people start to feel “uncomfortable” that someone is lawfully exercising their Constitutionally protected right, every single one of them tried to overstep their boundaries and create a “Weapons Free Zone” when they have no legal authority to do so.

    Odds are if you’re reading this post you’re well aware that these so-called “Weapons Free Zones” are anything but weapons free. Davenport’s Civil Rights Commission doesn’t need to look very far to see that — e.g. the attempted murder of a Jackson County Assessor earlier this month (“Gun Free Zone” sticker FAILS to stop attempted bloodbath in Maquoketa). Then there’s also the unfortunate examples where so-called “Weapons Free Zones” also failed to stop  Sandy Hook Elementary, Aurora’s Century Movie Theater, Virginia Tech Campus, and so on. 

    The fact is, the p.c. police on Davenport’s Civil Right Commission seem to be willing to stand up for only a few of your rights. Do something they don’t care for, and they’ll try to walk all over your civil rights.