• Legislative Update – Week 3

    January 31, 2016

    It’s been a remarkable week in the Iowa legislature, particularly in the House of Representative’s Judiciary Committee. Monday the Youth Safety & Parental Rights Act passed its subcommittee vote. Tuesday the Hearing Protection Act passed its subcommittee vote. And Thursday the ATV Carry Act passed its subcommittee vote. This means we now have four bills awaiting votes in the full judiciary committee (the Emergency Protection Act passed its subcommittee vote a week ago), and expect more to be introduced.

    For the latest information on each of these bills, including a list of which lawmakers will be voting on these issues next, head on over to our 2016 Iowa Legislative Session page.

    This week also saw a noteworthy development on the national stage. Michael Bloomberg, the anti-gun movement’s sugar daddy recently announced that he’s seriously considering a run for president. He’s allegedly prepared to spend $1 billion dollars of his own money to self-fund his campaign. Bloomberg, the Godfather of Gun Control, thinks he could enter the race as a “moderate candidate” and take the White House. It sounds like a farce, but it’s possible.

    Bloomberg’s announcement shines a light on a major problem here in Iowa. There’s zero mention of the people of Iowa’s right to keep and bear arms in our state constitution. We’re one of only six states in the entire country without a right to keep and bear arms clause in our state constitution. This oversight could prove disastrous should we ever find ourselves with another President Clinton… or President Bloomberg. The link below has more information about this situation and what the Iowa Firearms Coalition is doing to right this wrong.

    And finally, we’re extremely proud to announce this year’s Second Amendment Day in the Iowa Legislature will be held on February 23rd. The Iowa Firearms Coalition has organized a legislative action day in the state capitol and it’s open to any and all pro-Second Amendment advocates in Iowa.

    Come out, meet IFC’s lobbyists and leaders, meet your fellow Second Amendment advocates, but most importantly meet your legislators and make your voice heard in the absolute best way possible, face-to-face.

    This year’s Second Amendment Day will be on a Tuesday, so the legislature will be in session. Which means your legislators won’t be able to ignore the mass of Second Amendment advocates in the capitol. So circle that date and start making arrangements to bring a truckload of friends. Once again this year’s Second Amendment Day will be held on Tuesday, February 23rd.

    2/23… 2.23… .223… see what we did there? 😉 More details about what time to be in the capitol and what to expect will be released soon. For now please hit the link below and sign up to join us at the capitol!

    Thanks for your ongoing support Iowans!


    Iowa Firearms Coalition is an entirely volunteer, grassroots, Second Amendment advocacy group. Responsible for bringing uniformity to Iowa’s Permit to Carry 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. 

  • Week Two in the Iowa Legislature

    January 24, 2016

    Week Two in the Iowa Legislature
    A solid start to 2016

    Iowans-

    In the last week we’ve seen plenty of action on the Second Amendment front in the Iowa legislature. When we emailed you last there were four solidly pro-gun owner bills that had just been filed for 2016. Since then a fifth bill has been filed in the Senate that would allow deer hunters to carry a handgun for their own protection while out deer hunting. It’s been dubbed the “Hunter Protection Act” and you can find a brief overview and a link to the bill on our 2016 Iowa Legislative Session page.

    Other bills already filed for 2016 include:

    Late last week a House Judiciary subcommittee voted 2-1 to advance the Emergency Protection Act, and it now goes before the entire House Judiciary Committee. It’s encouraging to see an IFC backed bill already advancing.

    Subcommittee votes on the Hearing Protection Act and the Youth Safety and Parental Rights Act are expected to take place early this week. We also expect to see additional pro-gun owner bills introduced soon.

    Reminder: we also have our Advocacy Campaign up and running over in our Legislative Action Center. This tool lets you email your legislators about pro-gun owner bills in less than 60 seconds. It’s quick. It’s easy. It’s free. There’s no reason you should not be voicing your Second Amendment support to your legislators. Please take action today to help us defend the Second Amendment rights of all Iowans. Once you’re done forward this valuable link to your family and friends.

    As always we’ll be alerting you to any important updates or breaking news related to Second Amendment issues in Iowa.

    Thanks for your continued support!


    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. 

  • Legislative Alert – Pro-gun owner bills filed in IA legislature

    January 20, 2016


    Pro-gun owner bills filed

    Iowans,

    We’ve got our first real action of the 2016 legislative session. Several pro-gun owner bills have been officially filed and are beginning their journey through the legislative process. These bills address several items, they are:

    Youth Safety and Parental Rights Act
    HF2042
    Repeals Iowa’s ban on supervised youth handgun training
    Hearing Protection Act
    HF2043
    Legalizes suppressors in Iowa
    Emergency Protection Act
    HF2044
    Guarantees Second Amendment rights are not suspended during a state of emergency
    HF2066
    Allows lawful Permit to Carry holders to carry while using off-road vehicles

    These are the first of several pro-gun owner bills we’ll be lobbying for in 2016. We’ll be updating you as additional bills are filed (including gun control bills filed by anti-gunners in the Iowa legislature).

    We’ll be doing our part to get these pro-gun owner bills passed, but it’s crucial that we get you to do two things: 1) Contact your legislators and tell them you want to see them support these pieces of legislation. 2) Educate your friends and family about these issues.

    We try to do everything we can to make it as easy as possible for you to accomplish both of these tasks. Our Guide to Talking with Your Legislators gives easy step-by-step instructions on how to be a strong advocate for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and our Legislative Action Center makes it extremely easy to get in contact with your legislators. And we have a number of great resources on our website www.IowaFC.org to help you get educated and help educate your family and friends.

    We’re now firmly in the opening round of this year’s legislative fight.

    More updates to come.

    Thanks for your ongoing support.


    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.